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Thursday, 24 February 2022

Tying a Parachute Bibio Hopper with Davie McPhail

Today we are checking out Davie, tying a Parachute Bibio Hopper. This pattern is a high visibility, high floating dry fly that is unbeatable on stillwaters and rivers for Trout or Grayling. You can tie this fly with different coloured wings so you'll always have one you can see, regardless of the light conditions.

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 Parachute Bibio Hopper, with the guidance of Davie McPhail. 

Materials Used:

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

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

Monday, 21 February 2022

Fly Tyers Row - March 2022 Spring Open Weekend

Open Weekend Deals Preview HERE

From the  4th to the 6th of March 2022,  our famous Fly Tyers Row will be in residence in Glasgow Angling Centre for the Spring Open Weekend .  From kids and beginners learning the ropes to experienced anglers looking to brush up technique and see the latest innovations, there's something for everyone at 'fly tyer's row'. You get to watch the masters in action, and to get a close-up of how to execute a variety of techniques.

2022 Line Up

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 and Fulling Mill - making this 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.

Paul Little - Partridge

Paul is an AAPGAI double hand master, single hand advanced caster and a fly tying master. Check out his articles on the AAPGAI site HERE. He began his fly dressing obsession in 1981, tying tube flies for use in trolling for pike on Bassenthwaite Lake in the north Cumbria. In 1984 he entered his first fly dressing competition sponsored by Benson and Hedges and was placed in the top 50. In the early 1980’s Oliver Edwards won the Fly tyer of the year competition two years running and submitted an article to Trout and salmon titled “The Quest for Perfection”. It was that article that sent Paul on the journey for that elusive Holy Grail, perfection.

Paul Little

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.

Darryl Mooney
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 this year's show and will be happy to spend time with anybody who has specific problems and needs some advice.

Ian McKenzie
Paul Clydesdale - Fulling Mill
Living in Kilwinning, North Ayrshire, Paul started fly fishing at the age of 11, tying his first flies almost as soon as he picked up his fly rod. The obsession began with rainbow trout fishing then progressed on to fly fishing for salmon on the spate rivers around Ayrshire. As the obsession grew so did the species and the destinations: Bonefish fishing in Mexico, Hawaii, Christmas Island, and the Bahamas to fly fishing for wild brown trout and Pollack in the north of Scotland.

These days most of his time is now spent chasing pike on the fly. Enjoying all aspects of fly fishing for pike from fishing the huge wild waters of Scotland or walking the lengths of a Fenland drain or river, but his real passion is hunting monster pike on the southern trout reservoirs. To date, Paul's landed four pike over the magical 30lb mark on the fly, the biggest being 36lb in weight. The obsession with pike has lead him to designing a whole series of flies that are fit for purpose. He has also been a long standing member of the pike fly fishing association. This has seen him hold the role off Scotland RO and most recently take on the position as chairman.

Pike fly fishing is a huge part of his life and he now find himself travelling further afield to satisfy his pike obsession, with the northern pike of Canada are firmly set in his sights. Paul is very excited about working along side such a well established company as Fulling Mill and looks forward to passing on his pike fly fishing knowledge. The first pike flies that will be available are his go-to patterns that has landed himself and friends many large pike.

Paul Clydesdale
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

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 and 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

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!

Friday, 18 February 2022

Angling Life: Scott Mackenzie

We were lucky enough to sit down with Scott Mackenzie this week for a chat about his angling life.

Scott is a world spey casting champion and the driving force behind the Mackenzie brand. He’s brought 20-plus years ghillieing and a lifetime of fishing experience to the company and established them as the premier high end fly fishing brand in the country.

When did you start fishing?
“My fishing life started at a very young age, where I used to go with my father to some of the hill lochs around the Inverness area, then on to the river around Inverness. I caught my first salmon on the Ness at the age of 10.

“Fishing’s always been part of my life. My first job after school was in the Post Office and as I started at 5am each morning, I was finished by lunchtime and was able to go fishing most days.

“I always dreamed of being a ghillie/gamekeeper though, and at the age of 20 I got accepted for a job in the far north-west of Scotland near Kinlochbervie.

“My mother thought I was mad leaving a good secure job to go up into the wilds of Scotland but it was in my heart and I took the plunge. I was a ghillie for 22 years moving to several different rivers, before leaving the ghilleing to pursue the Mackenzie brand full time in 2010.”

How did the competition casting start?
 “I got into competition casting after entering and winning a big cast contest at the CLA game fair, this started me off competing right across the world.

“It seems a lifetime ago but it’s fair to say they changed my life, it led to me working initially with Daiwa as their game consultant then moving on to Mackenzie.”

Scott winning a Spey Casting final

Spey casting is Scott’s speciality, so we had to ask for some pointers.
“The biggest problem for beginners are rods and lines that are not matched, you can have a great rod and a great line but, if they don’t balance each other, it’s so much harder.

“It’s vital to get some advice, so you start with a proper balanced outfit that suits you and your pocket.

“You don’t always have to spend a fortune to get a good balanced outfit that will make a world of difference.”

If you can only catch one more fish, what would it be?
Without hesitation Scott said: “As a Highlander I think I would get shot if I didn’t say a Salmon. The world nowadays is a small place, you can fish fairly easily around the world for any species you fancy and it is incredibly exciting but just one more fish..... It would always be a Salmon,  for me they are the pinnacle of all fish."

...the pinnacle of all fish.

Thursday, 17 February 2022

Tying a Dunkeld (Variant) by Davie McPhail

The Dunkeld Wet Fly is one of the top all-rounder flies when it comes to targeting Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout. Davie McPhail's variant of this classic fly, has a Cloaked style to it, similar to that of a small Palmer pattern. The Classic pattern for Salmon is adapted for Trout as an attractor pattern that swims just below the surface of the water and this is where it's success sprouts from.

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 Dunkeld Variant, with the guidance of Davie McPhail. 

Materials Used:

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

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

Thursday, 10 February 2022

Tying a Hen Pheasant All Rounder Wet Fly by Davie McPhail

Today we are looking at a relatively new "Rough and Ready" pattern based off the Woodcock and Hares Ear. Tied on a larger hook, the Hen Pheasant All Rounder Fly is brilliant and as Davie explains in his video, looks even better when it's in the water. The difference between this pattern and that of the Woodcock and Hares Ear is that this fly has no hackles, the 'legs' of this fly are represented by the Dubbing and instead of a Woodcock Wing, it's given a Hen Pheasant Wing. This fly is perfect for year round use and can be fished in all venues, Rivers, Lochs and Reservoirs.

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 Daddy Long Leg, Wet Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail. 

Materials Used:

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

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

Wednesday, 9 February 2022

Value For Money - Staff Picks!

We're often asked for recommendations of the best value products on the shelves, the stuff we use that doesn't let us down, the goods that have landed recently that caught our eye.

The guys in our Edinburgh Store have put together a few stand-out items for your consideration!

Gemini New & Improved Splash Down Solo Clip

Our sea fishing guru Ian swears by these Splash Down Clips as one of his cod fishing essentials. 

A revolutionary bait clip that will not only clip your baited hook behind the sinker, but lock it in place until impact with the water. Great for off the ground casting and streamlining your rigs during flight these clips.

Power Swivels

These are excellent value for money we recommend the Size 5 Swivels which are under £2 for a pack of 10, despite their small size they're rated to 195lb. 

High quality, great value, strong swivels from available in 10 and 50 packs. Ideal for a range of applications. 

Tronixpro Eva Rig Winders

A must-have for any sea-anglers box, these little winders give you the ability to store your rigs in a safe and tidy container whilst still having easy access. 

Perfect for keeping your rigs neat and tidy. Winders are 6.5cm x 1.8cm Durable EVA Construction

Shimano Sienna Front Drag Spinning Reel: 4000FG

Hands down one of the best budget spinning reels in the shop - a strong and reliable drag system with a sleek design.

There are many poor-quality spinning reels on the market with ‘high specs’ (advertising with 10 ball bearings, etc). The Sienna does not have 10 ball bearings, but it has the quality which Shimano is known for; strong and smooth Shimano gearing, aluminium spool and a strong XT-7 body.

Daiwa J-Braid Grand

An excellent deal for any Pike/Pollock angler looking to fill their spinning reel with one of our most popular braided lines. 

Strong, and resistant to abrasion yet well-bodied enough to lay smoothly on the spool. J-BRAID x8 GRAND is spun with Izanas, a state-of-the-art new material utilizing 8 Carriers.

Fisheagle Hunt Lures

A very popular sandeel styled metal lure for a fantastic price when compared to anything similar from other brands, a must-have for Pollock/Bass/Seatrout.

The all-new Fisheagle Hunt Lures are deadly for all salt and freshwater fish. They feature a sandeel style body and are designed so that they can be cast a huge distance. 

Saltwater Pro Lead Fish

Probably our favourite metal for Pollock fishing, this is an excellent searching pattern and with the price it's nice not to want to go swimming in after them when you lose one.

A brilliant holographic Sea Lure, can be used to catch a wide variety of species.

Westin ShadTeez R 'N R 

Chris's favourite Pike/Perch Shad varying the size to suit the species and the water. Available pre-rigged and ready to fish in packs, they're ready to rock n roll straight away.

These shads are perfectly detailed in every way, ShadTeez even has a double layer of clear coating to give a realistic “fish-slime” look! The deep body, slender wrist and wide tail create a rolling, belly-flashing swimming action that leaves big predators spellbound.

Shakespeare Excursion Spinning Rods

For £30 or less, you won't find many spinning rods that match this level of quality. A range of sizes to suit any type of spinning they're a bargain.

This rod series has stainless steel guides with stainless steel inlays which are resistant to braided lines. Graphite construction for a lighter and more sensitive rod with an ergonomically designed handle and a  modern white finish with blue accents. 

Complete Alarm Set with 40cm Banksticks & Swinger

For anyone looking to take up dead-bait fishing without breaking the bank, this is an excellent starter kit. Batteries Included!!

This Stillwater Complete Bite Alarm set comes complete with a bite alarm (batteries included) two extendable banksticks, swinger, and rear rest. A grab and go pack that will turn bites into fish on the bank.

Check out our Edinburgh Store's Facebook Page and if you're in the area pop in and pick the guys brains about any fishing discipline. 

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