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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

New Mackenzie FX1 Single Hand, Switch and Travel Rods Launched at GAC!

We are very excited to announce some exiting additions to the ground breaking Mackenzie FX1 Graphene rod range! The long awaited addition of single hand models, Switch rods and 6 piece travel Spey rods will introduce this amazing rod material to a whole new demographic of anglers! We have very limited initial stock of the new models now, with more available early next year - so be quick!
When the team from Mackenzie DTX teamed up with Professor Gary Savage, former Formula One World Team Champion and one of the world’s leading experts in carbon and composites, to bring to market what has to be regarded as the most advanced fly rod ever made they could only dream a how big an impact it would have on the Salmon fly rod market! With Professor Savage's help, Scott Mackenzie and his team designed and built a world first - a fly rod incorporating a new super material called Graphene - and it was soon a worldwide success with rods being sold much faster than they could be built and a long waiting list formed to get one.
We have been lucky enough to test the new FX1 rods on the water this autumn and were instantly amazed at the performance of the single hand rods. The 9'6'' # 6 was an instant favourite, even as we took it from the luxury cloth bag it felt as though we had picked up a much shorter lighter model by mistake and once it had a line in the air we were immediately impressed! Laser sharp loops and a feeling of control meant we could place a line anywhere you pointed the rod tip and even when under or overlined we found the blank to be very forgiving, allowing for a quick recovery when going from a short cast to a long one and vice versa. The fittings and cosmetics on the FX1 single hand rods are high quality and give the rod a very modern look, and so they should - this material is after all at the very cutting edge of technology today!
A pair of 11'2'' #7/8 Switch rods will fill a gap in the summer salmon anglers armoury, or for those who haunt the smaller rivers in the UK and further afield. These two rods may share the same size and line rating, but have very different actions, each identified by their F and MF annotations. A Fast rod that loves overhead casts and longer lines, and the more forgiving Medium Fast rod that can perform the most intricate spey casts in tighter spots with ease and play big fish out on light tippet without fear - a rod that both novice and expert casters will appreciate. Both FX1 Switch rods work well with the latest crop of switch lines on the market, in particular of course the Mackenzie Switch line, and our old favourite the Airflo 40+ line.
The Mackenzie DTX Atlas Travel rods are the best selling 6 piece Spey rods of all time so it makes good sense that the new Graphene material is put to use on a rod that you are most likely to need to depend on when fishing in remote areas of far off lands! The FX1 Atlas rods share the same fittings and cosmetics as the original FX1 rods but in 6 sections, and cover all the rod sizes you will ever need - 12'7'' #8, 13'7'' #9 and 14'9'' #10!
So what is Graphene? The Mackenzie FX1 flyrod is the Spey rod to use Graphene, a Nobel Prize winning material that is set to revolutionise carbon-composite engineering. Discovered at the University of Manchester in 2004, Graphene is the strongest and stiffest material known to man. It is up to 300 times stronger than steel, even stronger than diamond, and 30 times stronger than Kevlar - the material used for bullet proof vests! Graphene recently revolutionised the tennis world after Head launched a new tennis racket using the material, now used used by Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic.
Single walled Graphene Nanotube                     Multi walled Graphene Nanotube
The way it is used in the manufacture of the Mackenzie FX1 blank is in the form of multi-walled carbon nanotubes - 1 atom thick sheets of hexagonally bonded carbon formed into tubes and added to a state of the art resin. Being 32 times stiffer than steel per unit mass. The sub-microscopic cylinders of carbon on a weight-for-weight basis are at least 120, and up to 300 times stronger than steel and 30 times stronger than Kevlar!
Scanning Tunnel Electron Micrograph of Graphene Nanotubes - red dots are carbon atoms!
Approximately 1/50,000th the width of a human hair, Graphene nanotubes can stretch considerably rather like plasticine before breaking, up to 14 percent of their normal length. Their aspect ratio (length/diameter) can be up to 130,000,000:1. To illustrate this, if we think of a carbon nanotube as a piece of spaghetti (typically 2mm in diameter) then, at this scale, the tube would be 66km long!
The Mackenzie FX1 rod blank is impregnated with this resin incorporating a weave of this new Graphene nanotube material. The rod flexes deeply during the cast and recovers quickly and powerfully. This fast recovery makes it easier to cast further with little effort, yet retains the 'feel' that is so important in a fly rod, especially if your casting is not on top form.

The new additions to the Mackenzie FX1 range will be available from late December and will initially include 9' #5, 9' #6, 9'6'' #6, 10' #6, 10' #7 models, covering almost any situation the Salmon angler will find in the UK and abroad. The rods have been designed to handle all types of lines, from longer traditional Spey lines to short Scandi and Skagit style shooting-heads. The rods themselves feature the very best craftsmanship and fittings money can buy! Top grade Portuguese cork handles have been specially chosen and are made to a length and style to allow casters of all styles and abilities to use the rod in comfort.
Genuine Fuji SiC stripper rings with an ultra hard, ultra smooth, silicon carbide coating that will never wear and Titanium recoil snake guides that spring back into shape if knocked or bent grace the blank with smart orange tipped, gloss black whippings. A unique custom made ALPS reel seat keeps your favourite reel securely in place. The finish on the FX1 Graphene blank itself features a self healing PTFE silicon coating meaning any scratches can simply be rubbed smooth, and with the addition of the Graphene resin system to the blank, you wont find a better, stronger blank on the market today!
Come and see the new FX1 rods for yourself at Glasgow Angling Centre and Edinburgh Angling Centre or buy online from

Monday, 11 December 2017

How to tie a Blow Fly Humpy - with Davie McPhail.

This week, Davie ties the Blow Fly Humpy, a pattern based on the Blow fly family (otherwise known as the Calliphoridae family) that is exceptional for fishing trout and works amazingly in New Zealand and Australia.
Blowflies are a family of insects that are noisy in flight, average a size of around 8-10mm and are often metalic blue, green or black in colour.
Other Humpy patterns include the American-style Yellow Humpy and Royal Humpy.
An Australian Sheep Blowfly, similar to the pattern below
in it's metallic green/blue colour.
All of the materials needed to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre as listed below, but as always if you need any help finding materials or substitutes then we'll be happy to help. Demonstrating the tying of a Blow Fly Humpy, it's Davie McPhail.

Materials Used:
Hook: Fulling Mill 31510 Short Shank Special - Sz10
Thread: Uni Thread 8/0 - Black
Tail: Dyed Black Cock Fibres
Back: Black Foam
Body: Uni-Mylar Peacock/Orange #14, which Davie tied on with assistance from some Fulling Mill Super Glue.
Legs: Pre-Knotted Pheasant Tail Fibres dyed Black
Wing: White CDC Feathers
Hackle: Black Cock
Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of some Varnish to coat the "head" of the fly and finish off this wonderful pattern.

Davie's preferred type of whip finish tool can be found HERE!

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Fishingmegastore's November 2017 Fish of the Month Winners!

The winner of the Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Competition for Novenber 2017 is young Danny Bain with this picture of his first double figure Pike! As always the judging of our competition was left to our 43,000+ Facebook fans, who voted on their favourite pictures by hitting the Like button, and Danny was the clear winner with 238 votes in our November 2017 Fishingmegastore FOTM Facebook Gallery!
1st Place - Danny Bain - 238 Likes
Danny wins £100 to spend at Glasgow Angling Centre on fishing gear of his choice plus a nifty GAC cap! We would like to thank everybody that took part, especially all of the youngsters who entered. 
2nd Place - Nicky Cassidy - 192 Likes
It's always great to see all the amazing different species from up and down the UK and around the world we get sent in as well! You can check out all the entries here.
Every month our world famous FOTM competition grows bigger and better, with amazing pictures of different fish species being sent in by our customers. We give an awesome new GAC Cap to the entrants that came in 2nd and 3rd place as well, so well done to the runners up, Nicky Cassidy and Greg Forrest, both with cracking fish pics that got a lot of Likes from the voting public - well done guys!
3rd Place - Greg Forrest - 71 Likes
If you would like to enter our December 2017 FOTM competition, simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used HERE. You can also enter instore - just ask a member of staff for assistance. The winners will be voted for by our customers, simply by hitting Like on the image on Facebook in the entries album and will be chosen on the last day of each month. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page. Good luck and we look forward to seeing the entries. Submit your entry here ...

If you are having difficulty using the the online entry form, simply email your picture and details to any of the usual fishingmegastore addresses, with FOTM in the subject line!  Don't forget to read our Terms and Conditions - please click HERE to see them!

Friday, 1 December 2017

Daily Advent Deals this Christmas at Fishingmegastore!

After the massive popularity of our last few years' festive promotions at Fishingmegastore, we will once again be slashing prices on some of the fishing tackle and accessories that we think will make great gifts for the anglers in your life for this Christmas 2017, but this time it's we are making it much bigger - now it will be over 24 days instead of 12!
As always we like to keep it simple; 24 Days, a new deal everyday, and some truly amazing bargains to be had in the run up to Christmas! To give you more time to get involved, every day from the 1st to the 24th of December 2017 we will launch a new and amazing offer that will run until right through until Christmas Eve - simply subscribe to our newsletters to get the deals straight to your email inbox or watch our Facebook and Twitter feeds to see the deals of the day!

Remember folks, please don't leave your Xmas shopping to the last minute, get your orders in to us as soon as you can to avoid disappointment, we have loads of stock of all of these deals in our warehouses at the moment but there is always the chance that these deals will sell out before the cut off date and we also need to get it delivered to you at this busy time of year too!!!
To check the last date for Christmas delivery in your area CLICK HERE or contact us by email - please check back regularly as these dates will be reviewed on a daily basis, our mail order team are already working extra shifts to get between 400 and 600 packages out to our customers daily!

Stuck for what to buy your favourite angler? Ask our team of expert anglers instore, by phone or email for suggestions - we just need a few clues as to what kind of angler you are buying for to help you choose the ideal present, and if they are a regular customer we will have a good idea of the kind of gear they like (or already have) - or you can play it safe and check out our range of Gift Cards HERE!
Our online angling Christmas Gifts section has gone through a massive overhaul to make it even easier to navigate an expanded range which now includes the Just Fish and Shoot range - click HERE to see hundreds of great ideas to suit any budget! We have also extended our Christmas returns policy, so that orders placed between the 15th of November and the 24th of December may be returned up until the 28th of January 2018 - just follow our usual returns procedure when returning items for exchanges or a refund!

Our new updated Christmas and New Year opening hours for both our Edinburgh and Glasgow stores can be found HERE!
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All offers are available instore and online on a first come first served basis and while stocks last. Please check the website for the latest order date for guaranteed Christmas delivery!
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