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Silver for Scotland’s Youth

Screen Shot 2016-08-12 at 12.21.23 The Scottish Youth International Fly Fishing Team won Silver at the 32nd Youth International Fly Fishing Competition held at Lough Lein, Killarney, Ireland on Wednesday 3rd August 2016. Ireland won Gold with a close run battle with Scotland. Screen Shot 2016-08-12 at 12.22.01The atmosphere and lifelong friendships that are created from this competition is amazing. The Scottish Youth Team wish to congratulate Ireland for their win and for their hospitality to the Scottish team and to all the other nation’s team for making it a great and memorable event. Screen Shot 2016-08-12 at 12.21.42A very special thanks goes to everyone who supported and sponsored the Scottish Youth Team. The Scottish Youth Team members would like to thank their Team Manager Mr Arthur Wilkie and all the team coaches for their hard work and support throughout the past year.
1st Ireland
2nd Scotland
3rd England
4th Wales
The Top Scottish Rod – Stirling Council Trophy was won by Robbie Sutherland on his 1st Cap with the team. The Heaviest Fish – Scotland – Angling Active (aka Stirling Angling Centre) Trophy – was won by Zach Neufeld on his 1st Cap with the team. The Heaviest Fish – Ian Jones Memorial Trophy was won by Zach Neufeld, Scotland. The Scottish Youth Team will be heading to Wales in 2017 for the 33rd Youth International with the aim to bring back the Bob Church Trophy to Scotland. Regards Alasdair
Robbie Sutherland - Top Scottish Rod

Robbie Sutherland – Top Scottish Rod (Stirling Council Trophy)

Zach Neufeld - Heaviest Fish

Zach Neufeld – Heaviest Fish (Ian Jones Memorial Trophy)

Zach Neufeld- Biggest Fish Scotland

Zach Neufeld- Biggest Fish Scotland Angling Centre Trophy (aka Angling Active Trophy)

 

Free Prize Draw – PENN FATHOM LEVER DRAG

Free Prize Draw – PENN FATHOM LEVER DRAG worth £179.99

Which Switch? A guide to buying a Switch rod for yourself.

Which Switch There are many switch rods on the market now with switch’s ever-growing significance in a fly anglers arsenal. So, why the interest in switch rods in the last two decades or so when the one go to Salmon rod and/or a simple fighting butt on a single hander used to be what everyone settled for pre-millennium? Quite simply, with the development of stronger/lighter carbon and components available to rod manufacturers, there has been a shift in demand by the angler away from being limited to just a single hander and a double hander to a ‘middle ground’ that suits his/her quarry. Bridging the gap and helping satisfy the enjoyment anglers seek from fishing for and playing smaller Salmon, Grilse, river trout and Seatrout, the switch rod is shorter than all other double handers yet it is usually weighted #6 #7 or #8. Usually around 11′ in length and designed for double hand spey casting in smaller rivers, but with the option to cast single handed opening up fishing options in varying surroundings, the rod is certainly a tool with a firm place in fly fishing. You would not purchase a switch rod as a first choice for single hand casting, it is more bias toward the lighter form of double handed casting and for this reason they are matched with short shooting heads and running lines. Matching a single handed line to a switch rod is possible if you over rate it by x2 AFTM’s. eg. choose a #9 single hand line for a #7 switch rod. Otherwise, purchase a dedicated switch line for the rod in the recommended casting weight (AFFTA) marked on the rod. i.e. #7 switch line for a #7 rod. So how do you choose the right switch rod for you? Well the easiest way is to come in to Angling Active in Stirling and have a thorough consultation and demo of a few rods on the banks of the River Teith right outside our door. This is a free service we offer with one of our resident experts. You can just turn up, but for our undivided attention to you please call in advance 01786430400 and arrange a time with a staff member.
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Angling Active casting area, River Teith

Whether online or in-store, what has to be identified is the application for the switch rod before you make a purchase. Are you using it for lightweight shooting-heads potentially with small sink tips, or are you using it for something completely different like a skagit setup for sunray shadows or even starting out a youngster onto a double hand fly rod? What action do you prefer in a fly rod? Fast or middle to tip (medium) actions are what is available in most fly rods today. Do you want this rod to be a lifetime prize item for regular use or is it just to satisfy an upcoming trip you have booked just to get you through? Do the aesthetics/appearance and brand of the rod matter to you? And then ultimately, what is your budget? Here are our favourite switch rods and a brief description of each to summarise them. You can click the link under each rod to read further details about the rods. Some of these rods have been reviewed in the August issue of Trout and Salmon magazine by Glynn Freeman and Clive Mitchelhill.
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AIRFLO AIRTEC NANO SWITCH FLY ROD
 11’3″
#6, #7, #8
MEDIUM-FAST
4 piece
RRP £189.99
Our Price: £169.99
Well priced as an entry level switch rod available in 3 sizes, and interestingly in a rare #6 line rating, the second lightest available switch at Angling Active. For those less experienced and looking for a medium to fast action and forgiving tool to learn with, we recommend the #7 or #8 versions depending on the size of fish you are expecting.
Angling Active Pro Tip:
A finesse #6 weight option for seatrout in glassy water.
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SHAKESPEARE ORACLE SWITCH FLY ROD
11′
#7/8 or #8/9
MEDIUM
4 piece
Our Price: £74.99 (RRP)
A success story in price meets quality. The two line ratings are there as an option to bully grilse in with the heavier #8/9, or try your luck at the more wary seatrout with the #7/8.
This is the most affordable switch rod Angling Active offers.
Angling Active Pro Tip:
Great with a lightweight skagit line for short range Sunray tactics. But also a beautiful mid-slow action for medium range shooting head and spey line applications.
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SHAKESPEARE ORACLE EXP SWITCH FLY ROD
11′
#7/8 or #8/9
MEDIUM-FAST
6 piece
RRP £89.99
Our Price: £79.99
Improving on the 4 piece Oracle Switch is the Expedition (EXP) version of the rod breaking down into 6 sections for the suitcase. These are slightly faster in action than the 4 piece equivalent.
Angling Active Pro Tip:
These rods weigh under a kilo in the tube. Ideal if you are watching your baggage allowance on a flight!
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GREYS GR50 SWITCH ROD
11’1″
#5/6, #6/7, #7/8
FAST
4 piece
Our Price: £199.99(RRP)
High performance, fast action and recovery rod. This is a specialist, no messing Grilse or Summer Salmon rod in the #7/8 weight. The lighter versions are ideal for seatrout.
Angling Active Pro Tip:
For those intermediate to experienced anglers who need performance.
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GREYS GR70 SWITCH ROD
11′ #7 FAST
4 piece
Our Price: £269.99(RRP)
New for 2016, and the flagship of Greys fly rods is the GR70 range. This is even more powerful than the GR5o and a faster action again means this is for those who have developed a good sense of timing and casting techniques.
Angling Active Pro Tip:
If you have mastered the art of switch casting and you require accuracy, the quick recovery of the GR70 is the switch for you.
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SAGE PULSE SWITCH
11’4″
#7, #8
FAST
4 piece
Our Price: £499.00(RRP)
A beautifully hand made, fast action yet forgiving rod combining the forefront carbon for durability, strength and power.
Angling Active Pro Tip:
Experienced anglers can have confidence with this rod and a matched Scandi head that you will never blame the tools. An artists rod for pure performance.
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SAGE ACCEL SWITCH
11’4
#7
MEDIUM-FAST
4 piece
Our Price: £649.00(RRP)
So you want the cutting edge in design and workmanship that is also faultless in performance? Look no further than the Sage Accel. A lifetime rod that will keep impressing you with so much engineering behind the scenes, your switch fishing becomes effortless.
Angling Active Pro Tip:
The med-fast action gives a deeper curve and creates wind splitting loops.
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DAIWA LEXA SWITCH ROD
11’3″
#7/8
MEDIUM-FAST
4 piece
Our Price: £274.99(RRP)
Precision hand-made in Scotland with the experience driven design knowledge of Hywel Morgan. The Lexa Switch is one of our favourites at Angling Active. Well priced for a through action yet responsive recovery for accuracy. Beautifully crafted and a true performer for lighter work with a switch rod.
Angling Active Pro Tip:
The detachable extension butt transforms this rod into a formidable single handed beauty.
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HARDY JET SWITCH FLY ROD
11’3″
#6/7, #7/8, #8/9
MEDIUM-FAST
4 piece
Our Price: £449(RRP)
Power and durability meet in the syntrix technology used by Hardy on the manufacturing of the blanks. A stunning modern finish to what will be a lifetime purchase to enjoy over and over.
Angling Active Pro Tip:
Part of the All Water Series (AWS) meaning all the components are saltwater proof. Great for estuarine Seatrout.
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Broken BOA lace – Redeem Your Free Guarantee

BOA Repair Centre Replacing shoe laces in performance/sporting footwear all over the globe, the BOA laces system is a success story. Designed by a skier in his shed unhappy with uneven pressure from his skiing boots, the BOA system evenly distributes pressure around your foot for comfort and a better fit. As a result this decreases stress points in your footwear and ultimately increases the lifespan of your prized footwear.
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Broken BOA lace – No problem.

Great! But… The super strong steel wire used can break if over tightened or damaged… and the good people of BOA accept the responsibility of their products and know that nothing is unbreakable and offer a free of charge lifetime guarantee on all BOA lace systems. That’s as good as it gets, and we felt like sharing this exceptionally good service by BOA. To redeem your free guarantee, go to this page: http://www4.boatechnology.com/warranty.php and fill in your details. To learn how to repair your lace with the replacement part there are great videos on the repair pages. There is also the option to purchase backup Field Repair Kits for the BOA lace systems fitted to the wading boots we stock. We recommend having these kits with you so that you can quickly fix your lace if it does fail Click here to see our Field Repair Kit options.  
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BOA laces Fixed… instructions included.

And here we have it, the replacement part was dispatched on the same day we ordered it from the United States. It arrived to our door via courier 8 days later. Absolutely free! Excellent service! BOA ENVELOPE  

Free Prize Draw – Lenz Optics Sunglasses worth £169.00

Free Prize Draw – Lenz Optics Sunglasses worth £169.00

Travel Salmon Fly Rods… Airports… Baggage Fees – Where do I start?

Rod tubes will cost you.

Rod tubes will cost you – Thomas Cook Image

Ok, so you’ve taken the plunge and planned a fishing trip that involves packing a suitcase and jumping on a plane. Well, it has probably just dawned on you that you don’t have a travel rod and here you are online reading this and hoping for some golden nugget of information to satisfy your needs. Hopefully this article will help…Read on… Whether it be Norway, Sweden, Russia, Iceland, or even further afield, airlines don’t like long fishing rods. In fact, most airports now have new conveyor belt systems fitted or being fitted that reject rod tubes automatically. These new machines have 90 degree angles where one belt meets another, and if your rod tube is longer than the width of that corner, well you guessed it, not a popular item. These automatic machines discard the tube into a pile and increases the chances of you arriving at your destination and your rod still stuck in limbo. Many of us have arrived at our destination and the luggage doesn’t arrive with you, it is so frustrating! Well compound this with the fact that most rivers are in the remote wilderness, the chances of the airline delivering the rod the next day are thin. “Oversized Luggage” is usually sign-posted near the check-in desks. This desk is for heavy or long items, i.e. perfect for your existing 2-4 piece 12-15ft fly rods. However, every time you put items through this service it is counted as an extra hold item and you can be charged significantly depending on your airline. Remember you have to fly back too, so you’ll be charged twice. Personally, we have put as many rods in one telescopic travel tube as possible i.e. the FLAMBEAU BAZUKA ROD CASE or you could use the AIRFLO MULTI ROD TUBE, and we got away with £60 each way to send this one item, not cheap and money better spent on exciting new gear that will fit in your suitcase at no extra cost at the airport. One of the rods below costs the same as this extra charge, and it comes with a free line!
FLAMBEAU BAZUKA ROD CASE

FLAMBEAU BAZUKA ROD CASE

AIRFLO MULTI ROD TUBES

AIRFLO MULTI ROD TUBES

So, Which travel Salmon fly rod? We have kept it decidedly simple here at Angling Active within the travel range with three travel Salmon fly rods at three different price points; All of which we have used and love for performance without sacrifice. There was a time when multi section rods were challenging to produce without compromising performance, but advancements and innovations in carbon fibre and resins along with careful design have now made this possible. The ferrules on fly rods nowadays are as tough as ever and these multi section rods have become faster in action due to reduced flexibility of the rod with more joins. Great if you are keeping up with the trends of fast action/scandi type rods required for shooting head lines on most Atlantic Salmon/big Seatrout rivers. For this example I have chosen the most popular weight class of #9 for Salmon travel fly rods. These vary from 13′ through to 14’6″ lengths and are all very capable and will not embarrass you when you get to your destination.
SHAKESPEARE ORACLE EXP SALMON FLY ROD

SHAKESPEARE ORACLE EXP SALMON FLY ROD

Option 1: Price-point and ‘Wow factor’ comes from the ever popular Shakespeare Oracle series of fly rods. This success story has developed through the years into a very good selling, comparable and confidence inspiring range that has been priced “too cheap” as remarked upon by many in the industry. “Disposable” is often a word thrown around, where if you break it, it’s not quite as devastating as breaking one of the top end rods by reversing over it, slipping when getting into a boat, or snapping it mid-cast after some abuse with some branches. Introducing the  Shakespeare Oracle EXP Salmon Fly Rod. If you haven’t heard of this rod before now, then you’ll soon be spreading the word on the incredible value for money entry level travel fly rod. What distinguishes it from the other rods in the Oracle range are the three little letters “EXP” standing for Expedition, or Explorer, we’re unsure, but both are just as adventurous. This comes with a free balanced fly line.
GREYS GR70 DOUBLE HANDED TRAVEL FLY ROD

GREYS GR70 DOUBLE HANDED TRAVEL FLY ROD

Option 2: Mid level price-point with lots to boast about, the Greys GR70 Double Handed Travel Fly Rod is new for 2016 and becoming a bit of a head turner. It not only has a beautiful finesse finish with solid craftsmanship included, but it acts like a £1000 rod at a price of just £399.99 rrp. It has the best quality carbon Greys have used yet and the action is faster than that of the Oracle, giving you distance for less effort. Built for durability and a long lifespan, the investment in the GR70 is for those looking for a tool that will keep on giving over the years, even decades.
MACKENZIE DTX ATLAS FLY ROD

MACKENZIE DTX ATLAS FLY ROD

Option 3: Ok, this is the most pricy travel rod we stock, but for good reason. The Mackenzie DTX Atlas Fly Rod offers significantly higher quality carbon than the previous two rods providing the best performance with a perfectly balanced uniform fast action throughout the rod’s middle to tip. If money is secondary to your choosing a performance travel fly rod, then this is the rod for you simply because of the thought and experience in the team behind its design.   In Summary: All three of these rods are available to try on our stretch of the River Teith, right outside our door in Stirling en route to nearly all the Scottish waterways via the M9 motorway. Come and have a go. If you can’t get to us, feel free to give us a call and ask any question you can think of regarding these great bits of kit that will for sure make your fishing trips “simply better”. We will also be able to offer you the very best advice on which lines to balance the rods with.

Rod Length Rating Pieces Tube Length Weight £
SHAKESPEARE ORACLE EXP SALMON FLY ROD 13’9″ #9 6 80cm 272g £124.99
GREYS GR70 DOUBLE HANDED TRAVEL FLY ROD 14’6″ #9 6 87cm 268g £399.99
MACKENZIE DTX ATLAS FLY ROD 13’7″ #9 6 81cm 261g £599.00

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