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Wednesday, 25 March 2020

First Flies on the Line?

Everyone is locked down just now but we were looking for some inspiration to tie up those early-season year-round patterns while we're all in the house at the vice.
We were looking for those ones you've got confidence in March but have a place on your line right through to November. It's not just that pattern though it's how to fish them to keep you catching so we asked some of our game anglers in Edinburgh Angling Centre for their first flies on the line.


----------------STILLWATER TROUT----------------

Callum is our go-to stillwater Trout angler, he had a couple of patterns that he would never leave home without. They're staples in but with some tweaks you can make sure you're getting the best out of them.


Hot Headed Damsel
 

As most stillwater anglers will know, fishing the right lure when the temperatures are still low can be a devastating tactic when targeting rainbow trout.
One of the flies I'd suggest having in your box if you don’t already, is the Hot Headed Damsel, this is an extremely effective damsel nymph imitation, most of which will feature a brass bead to help gain some extra depth. This version has an orange or red bead to provide the trout with a hotspot to hone in on.

This is an excellent fly choice in late winter and throughout spring until it warms up, as these small damsels are often found in huge numbers in stillwaters, and they tend to stick around decaying weedbeds or sheltered bays. The fish get turned onto these aquatic insects so they are keyed in on them throughout the year, this makes it a superb searching pattern counting down through the depths to find feeding fish,

My favourite way to fish a damsel, would be to use a 3 or 6 foot sink tip fly line, a single fly on a mid length leader, with a steady figure of eight retrieve, with a couple of pauses and twitches thrown in to ensure that you are accurately imitating the nymphs natural movement.

Diawl Bach


One of my favourite nymphing tactics is to fish a team of two Diawl Bachs with a heavier nymph on the point of a long leader with either a full floater or hover intermediate. This is because Diawl Bachs are excellent imitations of Corixa (an aquatic bug found in most stillwaters), and the heavier nymph allows me to ensure I am reaching the correct depth.
Generally, I will use this method around the margins in an attempt to successfully imitate the real thing, as Corixa will most often be found feeding around weeds and reed beds, looking for algae and other vegetation.

This is especially useful for anglers who are new to fly fishing, as there is no need to cast your full line out into the middle of the pond. You can shorten the leader down, fish two flies and as most fish taken on this method will be quite close to the bank it puts Trout well within a short cast. My retrieve when fishing this method is to twitch back quite fast and erratic, which can result in some brutal takes up close!

----------------RIVERS-----------------------

Grant took on the river patterns, if you want to know about nymph and small stream fishing then Grant is definitely the man to ask.


Micro Glint Perdigon


My go to pattern all year round, as it seems to be deadly no matter what conditions you are fishing in. Most of my larger fish over the last few seasons have been caught on one of these flies and they are  a perfect example of what I look for in good fly design.

They are simple to tie and due to their slim profile and size, they sink like rocks. This makes them especially effective in fast water, as you’re able to ensure that you’re reaching the depth the fish are sitting at.

When you are looking for a killer pattern in lots of settings, the one that goes on first before you know what the hatch is like or what the Trout are feeding on, is one that really is a generic imitation that passes for many forms of aquatic insect. It looks like nothing specific but it looks like everything in general so Trout and Grayling are always pretty keen on them!

Pheasant Tail Bomb (PTB)


When the water is cooler the fish are normally still found closer to the bottom of the river and any time the water level is up on the rivers, you will need something heavy to get down. Perfect for nymphing your way up a pool on a traditional or Euro Style leader this is more than just sacrificial weight to get your flies down and fishing.

This is why I like to use a PTB, it’s heavy enough to knock a cow out on your backcast and given the changeable weather we’ve experienced in recent years, that’s exactly what you need for when conditions aren't ideal. Ensuring that your flies are reaching the appropriate depth at this time of year really can be the difference between blanking, and managing a few fish to the net.

As most fly anglers will know, the Pheasant Tail Nymph is one of the oldest fly patterns in the sport, originally developed by English river keeper Frank Sawyer. Variations of his pattern have been created over and over again in the years since then, and it is still one of the most popular flies for stillwater and river fishing to this day. I would never leave the house without at least a few variations of them in my box.

Thursday, 19 March 2020

Tying an Olive Adult Midge with Davie McPhail

With the UK Trout Season in full swing, its time to get your Fly Boxes filled and ready to go fishing. The Olive Adult Midge is a classic wet fly that works very well throughout the entire season. This green bodied wet fly is often used in the middle or on the point of a wet fly cast and it works well as a single fly on stillwater venues. These Midges are most commonly found when it starts to rain and throughout the year, there will be plenty of that especially in the UK, so get tying a few of these all-season flies and get out fishing.

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. Time to tie an Olive Adult Midge, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.




Materials Used:



Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of Varnish, which he applied to the thread after completing the fly.

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

Friday, 13 March 2020

RNLI Clinic Results

Glasgow Spring Open Weekend Life Jacket Clinic:

We'd like to thank Alan McLaren and the team from the RNLI Roadshow who attended our Open Weekend recently, we got time to catch up with Alan to see how the event went. They had one of the best turnouts to any of their Clinics in recent years and these safety checks really could save your life.

Every year, around 200 people drown in the coastal waters around the UK and Ireland. These tragedies happen to people taking part in a wide range of water-based and waterside activities. Whatever your activity, wearing a well-fitted, well-maintained and suitable lifejacket or buoyancy aid could save your life.


RNLI at the Open Weekend

Of the checks carried out, there were a variety of failures and faults that could potentially put the wearers life at risk.

18 Loose Gas Bottles, this can allow the bottle to unscrew upon activation and under inflate or fail to inflate the life jacket.

20 Out of date Auto Firing Mechanisms, there is a date stamped on the mechanism that needs to be checked and replaced as necessary. Expired mechanisms may fail when you need them and one of the jackets checked had a mechanism that expired in 2004.

2 Jackets with corrosion on the Gas Bottles, this corrosion leaves a rough surface that can act like sandpaper wearing a hole in the bladder which can cause a failure to inflate.

1 Jacket with a Manufacturer's Recall that was destroyed by the RNLI with the owner's consent.

One thing Alan and the RNLI wanted to emphasis was that 15 Lifejackets checked had NO CROTCH STRAP.

It's not a failure at the clinic check but a crotch strap is a very simple addition that can make a huge difference.

The video below illustrates the importance of a properly fitted lifejacket with a crotch strap, it's pretty funny in a controlled environment but the thought of this happening in the water is terrifying.

With and Without a Crotch Strap

Here's an RNLI demonstration on how to fit a crotch strap correctly.


Some other recommendations were flagged up.
33 Lifejackets checked had No Light: A light, whistle and reflective strips will all make you easier to find if you do fall in the water.
34 Lifejackets checked had No Spray Hood: which will keep wind-blown spray away from your airways, making it easier to breathe and reducing the risk of drowning.


Research has proven that wearing a lifejacket can increase your chances of survival by up to four times if you’re immersed in cold water.

Your lifejacket may save your life one day, but only if you maintain it properly. If your lifejacket is faulty, all you’re wearing is a dead weight.

These free lifejacket clinics, and specially trained RNLI volunteers will show you how to maintain your lifejacket to keep it fully functioning. Don't wait till you're in trouble to find out your lifejacket is not working properly. We'll be running a clinic at the Edinburgh Open Weekend in July and the Glasgow Autumn Open Weekend in September.

You can also find out where your nearest lifejacket clinic through the RNLI. REGISTER YOUR INTEREST



Thursday, 12 March 2020

Tying Robin Twm's Small Sedge with Davie McPhail

The Robin Twm's Small Sedge was first tied in late 1949 to 1967 in Wales and was darker in colour to most other Sedges. A wing made of partridge tail, with a slip of red-brown feather tied in first, one of the speckled feathers tied above. This small sedge is excellent when fished as the top or middle drop on a cast during a night fishing session. These flies also excel in windy day-time conditions. An excellent traditional fly to have a few of in your fly boxes.

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. Time to tie Robin Twm's Small Sedge, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.




Materials Used:




Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of Varnish, which he applied to the thread after completing the fly.

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

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Tying a Claret Bob's Bits with Davie McPhail

The Bob's Bits Fly has been a favourite with Stillwater fly anglers for several years. Originally it was created by Bob Worts for fishing the Grafham Water when reservoir trout fishing was in its infancy. It was not long before its popularity spread to other Stillwater venues and eventually became a fly that you cannot do without.
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. Time to tie the Claret Bob's Bits, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.




Materials Used:
Hook: Fulling Mill All-Purpose Medium size 10 Thread: Uni-8/0 Black Rib: Uni Mylar in Pearl Body: Seals fur in Claret
ThoraxSeals fur in Claret
Hackle: Dark Red Indian Cock Feather

Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of Varnish, which he applied to the thread after completing the fly.

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

Fishingmegastore Reward Card Members Only Pre-Sale @GAC Thursday 5th of March 2020!



As a special thank-you to all our loyal shop customers who joined our rewards Reward Card Scheme, we will be offering all of our Spring 2020 Open Weekend deals a day early to all of our Fishingmegastore Reward Card holders!
Join the 1000's of customers already reaping the Reward Card benefits!

From 5.30pm until 9pm on Thursday the 5th of March 2020Fishingmegastore Reward Card holders who come to the store will beat the crowds and still qualify for all of our amazing deals and offers that we were keeping for the weekend! Even if you haven't received your card in the post yet, simply show a staff member a recent receipt with your unique barcode on it, and they can quickly verify your membership so you can qualify for all the deals!
Over 75,000 of our customers are already benefiting from the scheme by earning points every time they shop with us that soon add up to money off future tackle purchases!
Don't have a Reward Card yet? You still have time to sign up, just ask any member of staff instore any time or apply online HERE! Beat the crowds and still benefit from the Autumn Open Weekend deals, plus you never know what angling celebrities just might be hanging around, setting up for this weekend's big event!
See below for just a few of the hundreds of deals on offer.  We will be giving Reward Card holders exclusive early access from 5.30pm until 9pm on Thursday the 5th of March 2020, and of course, these offers will be available to all of our customers instore on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Open Weekend Event.  This is an addition to demonstrations, tuition and previews of this year's up and coming products from all the big suppliers in what has become the UK's largest FREE angling event!
There really is something for everyone at these events, that's why they are the biggest in Scotland - and this one promises to be the biggest ever! With FREE parking and FREE entry, there will be loads of things to see and do on the Open Weekend dates as well as some amazing bargains on all types of fishing tackle. Keep an eye out on FacebookTwitter and instore for more info on what's going on at this event! Plus don't forget to register for your FREE GIFT on the day! Click HERE for details!   

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Trout & Salmon Recommends 2020 - Stillwater Fuze

The Reel Deal


In a recent edition of the Trout & Salmon Magazine, around page 100 you will find their segment for the latest fishing gear for discerning game anglers. As of last year, Stillwater released a brand new fly reel called the Fuze. A lightweight, high-quality Aluminium fly reel that features optimised spoke design and a reliable disc-drag system. Well, the good folk from Trout & salmon decided to review the reel and give it their seal of recommendation. Below you can read the review:

"While we'd all love to own a beautifully engineered fly reel, something we could appreciate as a piece of angling art every time we fixed it to our rod, many of us cannot afford to invest in such piscatorial pampering - especially when a more reasonably priced reel will do more or less the same job.

The Fuze from Stillwater meets the main needs of a modern fly-fisher: it's made from light aluminium, has a large arbour and reliable disc drag. True, it doesn't have the Swiss watch detail or Space Age finish of the prestige brands but it is strong and durable. The reel foot, handle, drag knob and captive spool-release nut are aluminium, not plastic and are finished in an eye-catching green. The drag knob has more travel on it than a top-end reel, but it has plenty of range and the drag is surprisingly smooth with plenty of stopping power.

The Large arbour spool picks up line rapidly and provides ample capacity: 5/6wt 100yd/20lb; 7/8wt 180yd/20lb. It is supplied in a protective cloth bag."



Monday, 2 March 2020

RNLI Lifejacket Clinic at the GAC Spring Open Weekend

GAC Spring Open Weekend

The RNLI Safety Roadshow have confirmed they will once again attend our Spring Open Weekend Event on the 6th, 7th and 8th of March 2020!

They will be in our exhibitor's marquis at the front of the store all weekend carrying our FREE lifejacket clinics as well as providing safety advice to keep you safe every time you are on the water.


Visit the RNLI in our Exhibition Tent

The purpose of the roadshow is to increase awareness of safety on and around water during any fishing activity and with the recent tragic loss of some anglers in the UK we want to do all we can to prevent these accidents happening in the future.
Get your lifejackets checked for FREE!
In addition to issuing general safety advice, the RNLI will run a lifejacket clinic where anglers can bring their life jackets to be checked and where they can receive advice and instruction on the correct use and maintenance of life jackets. A particularly important focus is on the automatic inflation type of jacket, the most common type used among recreational anglers in the UK. Please make sure you pay them a visit while you are at our event - you never know when you might need the help of the RNLI! https://rnli.org/
Auto-inflate lifejackets are preferred by anglers

There really is something for everyone at these events, that's why they are the biggest in Scotland - and this one promises to be the biggest ever! With FREE entry and FREE parking, there will be loads of things to see and do on the Open Weekend dates as well as some amazing bargains on all types of fishing tackle. Keep an eye out on FacebookTwitter and instore for more info on what's going on at this event! Plus don't forget to register for your FREE GIFT on the day! Click HERE for details!

Casting Demonstrations and Lessons at The GAC Spring Open Weekend

GAC Spring Open Weekend

Come and meet the experts, including SGAIC instructors, who will be providing free fly casting lessons and demo's for all anglers of all ages and abilities for the entire weekend.

Some of the world’s finest fly-casters and instructors, including Scott MacKenzie, Stevie Reid, Steve
Peterson and Stevie Munn will be on hand to help you improve your technique and get the
most from your tackle!

Scierra Pro John Milne will be in place at the casting pool to help you make your first cast, learn a new one or add a vital yard to your personal best.

Free Casting Lessons


What better way to choose a new rod than under the watchful eye of a qualified instructor
or fly rod designer?


TIMETABLES:


Friday 6th March

Saturday 7th March

Sunday 8th March
These guys will also be instore over the weekend showing off the new gear for 2020 demonstrating different setups with lines, rods and reel for you to try. Ask any of them for some help to pick out and balance your outfit.


There really is something for everyone at these events, that's why they are the biggest in Scotland - and this one promises to be the biggest ever! With FREE parking and FREE entry, there will be loads of things to see and do on the Open Weekend dates as well as some amazing bargains on all types of fishing tackle. Keep an eye out on FacebookTwitter and instore for more info on what's going on at this event! Plus don't forget to register for your FREE GIFT on the day! Click HERE for details!

Thursday, 27 February 2020

Tying the Great Red Sedge/Murrough with Davie McPhail

The Great Red Sedge is the largest Caddis/Sedge fly that hatches in British Isles. These flies are a popular choice for Lakes and Rivers across the UK, a good summer choice and perfect for evening fishing. The larva makes its case from plant material, which it fashioned into a spiral tube. After hatching, the adult emerges and heads for land, where it rests among the stones and low bushes. In Ireland in particular the common name Murrough is used more often than, the Great Red Sedge.

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. Time to tie the Great Red Sedge, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.




Materials Used:
Hook: Fulling Mill All-Purpose Medium size 10 Thread: Uni-8/0 Dk.Brown Rib: Fine Copper Wire Body: 1st Half Dyed Claret or Natural Cock Pheasant Tail Fibres 2nd Half Caret Seals Fur Legs: Dyed Claret Knotted Pheasant Tail Wing: Dyed Brown Elk Hair Hackle: Natural Brown or Claret

Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of Varnish, which he applied to the thread after completing the fly.

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

Wychwood Casting Competition at the Glasgow Angling Centre Spring Open Weekend

This year's casting competition will give you the chance to prove you've got the accuracy and control to pick off rising fish in our 25m casting pool, well 60cm floating rings but you can use your imagination and land the wool on the spot for a take!

Wychwood will be sponsoring the competition this year with a fantastic prize on each day of £100 to spend on Wychwood gear of your choice for the adults - and £50 for the winners of the Junior contest on each day!
Can you put a fly on a dinner plate?
To enter this competition simply fill out an entry form online HERE or ask a member of the Wychwood team or GAC Staff instore on the day, Each entrant will make 5 casts at each target. Each qualifying cast will be marked. If the line touches the water at any point during a cast it will be counted. Casters must start with yarn in hand and rod length fly line out of tip ring (no loose fly line at reel), leader not included.

Wychwood will be providing the rods from their exciting 2020 Range, they will have rods and gear available for you to try just ask them for a preview.

We'll be running one competition at our casting pool around 1:30pm on 6th-8th March, the caster with the most points will pick up a prize each day in the Adult and Under 14s competition.


Full Rules


There really is something for everyone at these events, that's why they are the biggest in Scotland - and this one promises to be the biggest ever! With FREE parking and FREE entry, there will be loads of things to see and do on the Open Weekend as well as some amazing bargains on all types of fishing tackle. Keep an eye out on FacebookTwitterInstagram and instore for more info on what's going on at this event! Plus don't forget to register for your FREE GIFT on the day! Click HERE for details!

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Fly Tyers Row at March 2020 Open Weekend

GAC Spring Open Weekend


Fly tying is always a big attraction at the Glasgow Angling Centre Open Weekend.  On the 6th, 7th and 8th of March 2020, we're hoping to see lots of keen tyers, eager to learn all the latest skills, flock to our famous 'fly tyer's row' to watch the masters in action and to get a close-up of how to execute a variety of techniques.

Our new improved instore format will be bringing you some of the UK's top fly tyers, sponsored as always by Veniard and supported by Partridge of Redditch - in the premier fly tying event in Scotland!

All of these fly dressers are at the very top of their game and will gladly go out of their way to show you how to perform the latest techniques and how to tie any style of fly you can think of. They will even take the time to guide you round our massive fly tying department during their scheduled 'floor time', helping you to choose the right equipment and best fly tying materials and fly tying tools from our extensive range.

You can also take advantage of some great deals on hooks and materials as well as a few new product launches over the weekend.



Ian McKenzie - Veniard
Ian Mckenzie retired from the position of Technical Manager at Fulling Mill after 17 years at the end of 2010. His position involved developing new patterns, turning people’s ideas into commercial propositions, sourcing all necessary materials & hooks, tying samples, and maintaining quality standards. Since his retirement he has continued tying flies for personal customers and has even found time to tie some for himself. An enthusiastic fisherman since the age of 10, living close to and fishing the Thames but graduating to fly fishing for Trout at Weirwood Reservoir in Sussex at 18, and subsequently fishing around the UK for trout, salmon, and Grayling, Ian has been tying his own flies for the last 40 years. Recently he has also taken to fishing for Carp on the fly – great fun! Ian looks forward to meeting many tyers at the March 2020 show and will be happy to spend time with anybody who has specific problems and needs some advice.

Ian McKenzie



Jo Stephenson - Partridge
Jo lives in the Suffolk country side and first discovered fishing aged 17, starting with lure fishing for Pike, Perch and Bass before moving on to fly fishing and fly tying. She mainly ties flies for Pike, Perch, Chub and Bass, and can be found drifting down the sleepy rivers of East Anglia in her kayak, 10 weight in hand looking for that monster Esox and dreaming of fishing around the world! Jo also recently took part in a BBC television program called Earths Wildest Waters: The Big Fish where she fought her way to the semi final fishing in 5 different countries and had the opportunity to fish for amazing species such as Bone Fish, Tarpon, Rooster Fish and Sail Fish, and hopes to inspire more women to take up a rod and give our sport a go! She is also a member of the Partridge Pro Team. Check out her website here - www.jostephensonfishing.com
Jo Stephenson
Tim Wood - Veniard
Tim started fly fishing about 6 years ago and got hooked from day one. He's fished in Iceland and Bosnia and is a frequent visitor to the River Annan, River Clyde in Scotland.  He is also a regular visitor on the Upper Severn, Upper Dee and the River Vyrnwy.

Tim has achieved a very high standard and is particularly competent at tying Trout flies.  Notably, he has won a number of fly tying competitions in both The Fly Dressers Guild and Fly Fishing & Fly Tying magazine. His passion is tying small river flies and Grayling Nymphs, and during the Open Weekend, Tim will share his knowledge and skill so you can improve your own tying.

Tim Wood


Allan Liddle - Partridge
Based in Morayshire Scotland, GAIA qualified Trout instructor Allan Liddle has been a regular contributor to Fly Fishing and Fly Tying Magazine since 2001. Allan specialises in wild Trout from wild places throughout the Scottish mainland and the outer isles in both running and still water but he is equally as happy on the largest rivers and lochs, through to the smallest streams and lochans. Although he enjoys all forms of fly fishing, Allan has a special passion for fishing dries, claiming 'The anticipation and visual thrill of the take is by far the most exciting and satisfying aspect of the sport.'



Allan Liddle


Darryl Mooney -Partridge
Darryl is the UK and Ireland Sales Director for Partridge of Redditch and has been tying for over 36 years. He grew up fishing for wild brownies on his local River Lagan in Northern Ireland and this remains his passion to this day. A committed advocate of catch and release, he has a particular interest in all aspects of Euro Nymphing and will be demonstrating tying his Woven Czech Nymphs as well as being on hand to offer advice on the range of Partridge Hooks and Sprite Hooks on all three days.  http://www.partridge-of-redditch.co.uk/

Darryl Mooney



There really is something for everyone at these events, that's why they are the biggest in Scotland - and this one promises to be the biggest ever! With FREE parking and FREE entry, there will be loads of things to see and do on the Open Weekend dates as well as some amazing bargains on all types of fishing tackle. Keep an eye out on FacebookTwitter and instore for more info on what's going on at this event! Plus don't forget to register for your FREE GIFT on the day! Click HERE for details!

Thursday, 20 February 2020

Tying a Peacock Zulu Wet Fly with Davie McPhail

A classic wet fly, the Zulu is a common fly used on Stillwater venues for targeting Brown Trout and Sea Trout. Trout find most of their food at sub-surface levels in the water and the Zulu is defined as a larva, pupa or drowned adult, depending on which variant you have, so it'd be a great idea to keep a few variants of this fly in your fly box! However, if you head over to Ireland, you will find larger versions of the Zulu being used as a dapping fly. Dapping is a style of fly fishing where you let the fly, but not the line, bob lightly on the water. 

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. Time to tie a Blue Dun Dry Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.




Materials Used:



Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of Varnish, which he applied to the thread after completing the fly.

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

Thursday, 13 February 2020

Tying the Organza Traffic Lights Diawl Bach with Davie McPhail

Translated from Welsh as "little devil", the Diawl Bach Nymph is a deadly Trout Fly Pattern. In Britain and some areas of Northern Europe, the Diawl Bach fly pattern has become one of the most popular Stillwater flies of recent times, amazing for such a drab, non-descript trout fly. Davie McPhail's version of the Diawl Bach includes a specific material called Organza Ribbon, which he uses instead of a gold or silver wire. It gives a more life-like appearance, especially with the fibres sticking out from the body of the fly.

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. Time to tie a Blue Dun Dry Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.




Materials Used:
Hook: Kamasan B175 size 10 Thread: Uni-8/0 Black Tail: Black Hackle Fibres Rib: Black Organza Back: Red Holographic Tinsel and Pearl Throat: Black Hackle Fibres Wing-Buds: Jungle cock Head: Black Uv Diamond Brite Dubbing

Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of Varnish, which he applied to the thread after completing the fly.

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

Friday, 7 February 2020

Tying a Blue Dun Dry Fly by Davie McPhail

With less than a month, until the Trout Season opens in the UK, it's time to get your fly boxes stocked and ready to go. What better fly to start with than the Blue Dun? The Blue Dun is considered an excellent early Season fly between open Season Spring through to late Summer, but due to their general upwing fly appearance, they can be used throughout the year. When matching the hatch as well, these flies can work well when Blue Winged Olives, Compara Dun, Dark Olives, and Iron Blue Duns are on the hatch. These flies can also be tied in an Iron Blue or Olive colour, so it'd be handy to have a few of these flies tied ready to go in a variety of sizes.

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. Time to tie a Blue Dun Dry Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.




Materials Used:
Hook: Partridge SLD or SUD Thread: Grey Uni-8/0 Wing: Mallard Quills Tail: Grey Cock Fibres Body: Grey Turkey Hackle: Natural or Grey Cock

Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of Varnish, which he applied to the thread after completing the fly.

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

Thursday, 30 January 2020

How To Tie The Clydesdale Stealth Jig Pike Fly with Paul Clydesdale

This week we have something different, from another well known Fulling Mill Fly Tyer: Paul Clydesdale. He is tying the Clydesdale Stealth Jig which is a Pike Fly, designed for going slightly deeper than normal Pike Flies. The Stealth Jig gives an exaggerated jigging action which both Pike and Zander will find hard to resist. Cast out allow the fly to sink then strip gently through the water. Pause and allow to drop again and "hold on". The Stealth Jig is a great fly to use when all other methods have failed and an alternative approach is needed.

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. Time to tie a Clydesdale Stealth Jig Pike Fly, with the guidance of Paul Clydesdale.




Materials Used:
Purchase these and the other Clydesdale signature flies on our website or instore.

Friday, 17 January 2020

Quick Codding


Gordon, who works in the Edinburgh Angling Centre to the chance to squeeze in a local Cod fishing session with his fishing buddy Alan on his day off last week.

Due to time constraints they decided on a mark within an hours drive from Edinburgh. After some thought and a suggestion from a friend, they headed down the coast to Cove, Berwickshire to fish the harbour and adjacent headland. 

Cove Harbour (image from Walk Highlands)
 LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION
Access to deep water close in and a series of gullies made it a likely looking spot on google maps but you can only tell so much from overhead views, some hints and a bit of digging around online.

The forecast weather hadn’t materialised so conditions were far from ideal and as the tide was halfway through the ebb so they quickly chose a mark and set their gear. 

The pair’s first casts resulted in a lost rig each and they were soon to discover that this was a very snaggy mark. Gordon’s second cast resulted in a thumping bite and after a brief fight, he was rewarded with a 5lb Cod. 


Gordon's Cod


After the rush to set up and the disappointing conditions this was a result and the session looked like it was going to be a productive one. That might have been counting your chickens though and for the next few hours only a Rockling was caught before it was time to pack up.

Gordon was using his Century Kompressor paired with a Penn Fathom 25 reel, loaded with 40lb Berkley Trilene to get his baits out there over the snaggy ground. 

BAITS
His rig of choice was a 3/0, 2/0 Pennel rig baited with a selection of frozen baits Mussel, Peeler Crab and Black Lugworm. The worm baits require long-shank hooks especially if you're making up cocktail bait to add flavour and tempt Cod in and you need the extra shank to hold and manoeuvre. There are lots of different types of baitingneedles Gordon favours the blunt, long type for large Lugworm baits. 

Preparing Lugworm
Ready for Hooking Up

Cove is definitely a mark Gordon is keen to try again ideally under different conditions as it shows great promise to produce some excellent Cod fishing with some more scouting out and hopefully better weather. 

Thursday, 16 January 2020

Tying a Grouse & Yellow and a Grouse & Orange with Davie McPhail

This week we have a double whammy from Davie McPhail where he makes use of leftover Grouse Feathers. The flies Davie Mcphail is tying, closely resemble Northern Country Spiders, with a threaded body and a soft hackle. Simple and effective flies that require very little material to be made. North Country Spiders and Clyde Style Spiders have been around for over a hundred years and have been a favourite amongst fly anglers across the world. Excellent flies for using on Rivers and Streams. With Trout Season fast approaching its definitely worthwhile having a few of these flies, in different colours tied, ready for March.

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. Time to tie a Grouse & Yellow and a Grouse & Orange Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.




Materials Used:

Grouse & Yellow:
Grouse & Orange:

Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of Varnish, which he applied to the thread after completing the fly.

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

Thursday, 9 January 2020

Tying a Dunkeld Octopus Wet Fly with Davie McPhail

This week Davie is combining the elements of traditional flies from both sides of the Irish Sea to make a superb variant on the Dunkeld. The Dunkeld is a firm favourite of any Loch or Reservoir angler. The Dunkeld is a great attractor fly for Brown Trout, especially when Orange Buzzers are hatching or in late June, when Trout are actively feeding on Perch Fry. As well as being an attractor for Brown Trout, Dunkelds are regularly used for targeting Salmon and Sea-Trout in Rivers and Estuaries after a spate, leaving the water heavily coloured. Davie McPhail's adds in a little colour and tied in the Octopus style that was perfected on Irish loughs like Melvin. This is a fantastic fly to have in your box all season.

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. Time to tie a Dunkeld Octopus Wet Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.




Materials Used:
Hook: Fulling Mill Competition Heavyweight size 10
ThreadUni-8/0 Fire Orange Tag: Medium Gold Holographic Tinsel Tail: No.11 Chartreuse Glo-Brite Floss Rib: Small Oval Gold Tinsel or Wire Body Hackle: Hot Orange Cock Throat: Dyed Hot Orange Golden Pheasant Rump or Breast Wing: Bronze Mallard Collar/Front Hackle: Dyed Blue Grey Partridge or Guinea Fowl Eyes: Jungle Cock

Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of Varnish, which he applied to the thread after completing the fly.

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