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Friday, 24 February 2017

GAC Spring Open Weekend 2017 - Fly Tyers Row Confirmed!


One of the most popular attractions at our Open Weekends is always the fly tying demonstrations, and our next one coming up on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of March 2017 will be no different! 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 materials from our extensive range, plus you can take advantage of some great deals on hooks and materials as well as a few new product launches over the weekend, so don't miss out and come to Scotland's biggest FREE angling event!

Davie McPhail
Classed as one of the very best tyers in Europe and a GAC favourite, Davie McPhail has been tying flies since 1982 and has more recently become a YouTube sensation with millions of hits. He will be instore giving help and advice to solve all your fly tying problems. Davie will be tying instore on Saturday the 4th of March 2017, covering patterns of all styles and types! Check out his YouTube Channel here -  http://www.youtube.com/user/DavieMcPhail


Gareth Lewis
Hailing from the base of the beautiful and picturesque Brecon Beacons National Park in South Wales, Gareth Lewis is an international fly dresser, professionally qualified game angling instructor and river fly fishing guide, and a proud member of the Partridge of Redditch Pro Team. Gareth specialises in the world of small stream tributaries as well as the larger free-stone waters of the Usk, Wye, and Taff catchments in South Wales, and has a huge passion for wild brown trout and dry flies. As such, Gareth’s is matched to suit, and focuses heavily on dry flies ranging from Catskill-style dry flies, any form of hackled dry fly, and is a sub-size #20 addict focusing on the lifecycle of the Chironomid (Diptera) order. Introduced to fly fishing by his father when he was 10 years old, Gareth caught the fly tying bug a few months later. In the 25 years that followed, Gareth has tied and demonstrated at a range of both national and international shows, including British Fly Fair International, Fly Fest, the Welsh Fly Fair, and Irish Fly Fair, as well as various Fly Dressers Guild and fishing club evenings. For more info visit www.garethlewisflyfishing.com


Paul Slaney
Paul counts himself lucky to live in the beautiful Brecon Beacons in Wales on the banks of the River Usk, indeed it's a perfect testing ground for his flies with the river a short walk from his home. A little further afield he enjoys night fishing for Sea Trout on the west Wales rivers. Over the past 25 years Paul has combined his interests of Travel, Photography and Fly Fishing and taken them all over the world in the pursuit many species of fish. His fly fishing experiences are many and varied but he feels most at home on the bonefish flats of the Caribbean. Paul ties flies for many species of fish. He enjoys teaching and sharing his skills and experiences through live demonstrations at clubs and shows both at home and internationally, as well as through photography and social media. In recent years Paul has gained a strong following for his particular skills on hair wing Salmon flies. Paul is a member of the Partridge of Redditch and Regal Pro Teams.


Ian McKenzie
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 show and will be happy to spend time with anybody who has specific problems and needs a hand.


Barry Ord Clarke
Born in England, Barry Ord Clarke is an internationally acclaimed and much published photographer and writer. His work as a fly fishing photographer has taken him to over 40 different countries and 4 continents. He is a regular contributor to numerous fishing magazines world wide.  He has written, Co written and contributed to more than 35 books about fly tying. He has won medals in some of the worlds most prestigious fly tying competitions, and his own flies can be seen in the 'Fly fishers club' collection in London and soon in the ‘Catskill master fly collection’ in the United States. For the past twenty years he has lived in Norway where he works as a professional photographer and a fly tying consultant for The Mustad Hook Company. Barry’s fly tying blog www.thefeatherbender.com has nearly 6000 followers and over 2000 visitors per day!


Darryl Mooney
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/


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, 23 February 2017

Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Entry February 2017 - Hillend Pike!

Neil McCreadie had fished all day at Hillend Reservoir with lots of runs but no hook ups when this fine Pike picked up his Joey Mackerel bait just as he was packing up! A new PB, carefully returned to fight another day!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our February 2017 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button! Don't forget to share all your favourite entries to help them win too!

If you would like to enter our Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Competition and have the chance to win £100 to spend at GAC, simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used. You can also enter instore - just ask any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page! 

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

March 2017 Open Weekend Is Just Around The Corner

It's that time of year again and Glasgow Angling Centre we will be hosting another fantastic Open Weekend, and this one, like all those before it, will be a treat you won’t want to miss! March 2017's event is more focused on you, the angler, learning more and getting more from your equipment. That's why during this event we will have more free tuition, demonstrations and workshops so you are equipped with all the latest knowledge for your next fishing trip.

During these events our 30,000ft megastore throws open its doors and visitors flood in to check out the latest kit, pick up some great bargains and rub shoulders with the top names in the fishing tackle business like Hywel Morgan, Ian Gordon, Paul Young, Stevie Munn, Steve CullenAndy Toft, Davie MacPhail and many more of the famous faces in fishing. And this year, more than ever, we are encouraging our customers to engage with these experts and ask questions.  So whether you want to improve your fly casting, sea rig tying, lure fishing for Pike or fly tying, there's a free activity running over the 3 days giving you the maximum opportunity to learn - and it's all free!!

Meet the Stars of Fishing
In general, the Glasgow Angling Centre Open Weekend in March is synonymous with the start of the new season and is still the biggest free fishing event in the UK. Every year the attendance figures are increasing because no-one offers more.  There'll be more tackle, more bargains, more demonstrations and more well known anglers for you to meet in person than ever before! If you have never visited one of our events, you really should put Friday 3rd, 4th and 5th of March 2017 in your diary.

As well as having the largest range of fishing tackle in Europe, our prices are always keen at the Glasgow Angling Centre, but on these special weekend events you always get the chance to pick up the best tackle at fantastic prices. And if you are not sure how a specific piece of tackle will benefit your fishing, what better way to alleviate those concerns by asking the actual members of the team who designed the equipment.  In fact some of the biggest names in fishing tackle will have representatives available on the day to advise you, including Hardy, Guideline, Greys, Simms, Sage, Wychwood, MacKenzie, Rio, Costa Del Mar, Savage Gear and many, many more.  So don't miss this fantastic opportunity.

Bustling Atmosphere

Things to see and do


One of the highlights of the Open Weekend is the very popular Fly Tyers Row, with loads of fantastic demonstrations from some of the country’s top tyers including Davie McPhail, Barry Ord Clark, Paul Slaney, Darryl Mooney and Gareth Lewis and some of the top fly tyers from the likes of Partridge, and Veniard. These guys are all on hand to show you how to perform the latest techniques and how to use the latest materials with ease.

Learn all the latest Fly Tying Techniques
There are loads of other things to see and do during March's event.  John Edwards from Fish Recreations will be displaying his unique fish replicas and offering free quotations on turning your best catches into works of art!  Fishing charity GHOF will be offering free fishing tuition for kids and families up in the canal basin, as well as providing fun, fishing related activities that anyone can enjoy.  The RNLI will be offering free life-jacket checks, so don't forget to bring yours along.  

Learn Tips from the Experts
The SGIAC team will be available to offer free fly casting tuition, so if you ever wanted to learn how to double haul or just improve your technique, you can, for free and under the supervision of a fully qualified instructor. There will be loads of other cool demonstrations of LRF and lure fishing techniques in our two huge water tanks so you can see the action of all the latest lures.  Lastly, you can enter our free fly casting competition or enter our mega-prize draw where ever brand will be donating a piece fishing gear where one lucky winner will scoop a prize with hundreds if not thousands of pounds.  So don't miss out!!

Free Fly Casting Tuition

Open Weekend Offers


On top of all the exceptional weekend-only super deals on offer, GAC will give you back £5 in the form of a gift voucher for every £50 spent in-store.  And on top of all that, if you register your attendance  you will receive a very cool Plano Tackle Box worth £5.99 absolutely FREE!!

Great Offers In-store
We will also be giving away our popular Customer Reward Card, saving you the usual £5 subscription and introducing you to the benefits membership brings. Sign up for your card at the Open Weekend and start collecting points right away – it takes less than a minute!

Getting There


Just a couple of minutes drive from Glasgow’s M8 motorway, you will easily find the huge store.  It's an angler’s paradise with its own spacious car park and more than 50 trained, knowledgeable staff, eager to help you tackle your angling problems, whatever your interest may be. The store is the nearest thing you will ever get to a fishing tackle Aladdin’s cave, boasting a mind-boggling 40,000 different products on display. It is one rare opportunity where you can see and touch rods, reels and equipment you might want to buy and fish with, all under one roof.

There are refreshments on site, so you can enjoy a coffee and a bite to eat. Most tackle-shops can't offer their customers the same level of service as the GAC. Not only does it stock the single-largest range of tackle and clothing in Europe, but there is ample space in which customers can try before they buy.

The store is just two minutes drive from Glasgow's M8 motorway and is easily found. It also has its own large car park. Inside you can hold and compare tackle under one high ceiling. There are more than 1,500 rods on display, and you are welcome to get them off the racks and try them out on the 30m casting pool or the neighbouring canal basin. The same goes for the hundreds of reels and fly-lines. If you are an armchair angler you can pick up the latest books, DVDs and catalogues. Plus a massive range of hunting and shooting equipment is available from Glasgow Field Sports – who have their store and gun room inside the Glasgow Angling Centre!

Glasgow Angling Centre Open Weekend
In the last couple of years GAC has hosted some memorable Open Weekends, with the last one in September 2016 being the biggest and best attended yet breaking all records and attracting over 2000 anglers from all over the country. We anticipate another fantastically attended event this year so don't miss out.  Get yourself along to the Open Weekend, indulge yourself and join us for Scotland's Biggest Free Angling Event.


Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Fish Recreations Confirmed for The GAC Spring Open Weekend 2017!

John always puts on an amazing display for us!
We are pleased to announce that Open Weekend favourite and top fish artist, John Edwards from Fish Recreations, will be once again attending our Open Weekend Event on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of March 2017 and following on from previous years successes he will be exhibiting a new selection of his amazing works of fish art, many of which he has made specifically for our show!
A stunning pair of Grayling!
Fish replicas are growing in popularity over more traditional fish taxidermy and due to their more versatile and ornamental format, are often bought as artworks even by those who have never caught a trophy fish! Why choose a replica from Fish Recreations? There are many advantages to choosing a replica over a traditional taxidermy mount, the most obvious being that the fish is released to fight and grow another day. These days big fish are becoming harder to find, and some species are in decline with strict catch and release policies now in force on many waters worldwide.
Every individual scale is hand painted multiple times for depth
Once a mould has been taken from a dead specimen, a countless number of casts can be taken from that one mould, meaning no more fish of that size need to be taken from wild stocks. Fish replicas have been made in the USA for many many years,resulting in a huge choice of casts (blanks) to choose from. There is no ugly shrinkage or grease bleed associated with some poorly done traditional mounts, all Salmonid and salt water species are notorious for "grease bleed as their heads and bodies are packed with natural oils that are all but impossible to remove completely, If undertaken at all, skin mounts of these species in particular should ideally be built with artificial heads and adipose fins. Also there is no fungus, insect infestations, smells or other deterioration that is often associated with some traditional fish taxidermy mounts.
The eyes are hand crafted with incredible detail!
A good fish replica will be indistinguishable from a traditional fish mount, in fact it will often look even better! Replicas are also much more robust than traditional mounts, handy when life hands out knocks and bumps, and in most cases there is no need for additional expensive covers or cases (depending on type of habitat base) and pricing is often much lower compared with traditional fish taxidermy.
Hours of work goes into each replica!
John says "I have always liked making things, and since I can remember I have drawn and painted, I am self taught apart from an "old" A in 'O′ level in art at school. (That shows my age!). After years of doing commissions part time on my art work I gradually became less motivated, I needed some thing more. As a keen fisherman I happened to chance upon an American web site with someone selling Fish replicas, I was hooked! This combines model making and painting, plus most anglers practice catch and release, (apart from "edible" fish such as trout and salmon). Most species are available as part built models from the USA; these still need lots of work done on them using dermal type tools and epoxy resins etc to get them ready to paint. Then I have to construct the base or diorama. To make replicas from actual fish, rocks, plants etc I had to learn the basics of moulding and casting in numerous materials, (I am still am learning) I use numerous types of materials. For painting modern day paints are a joy to use and I use a leading brand of Acrylics, plus the appropriate mediums. The result is a model fish that should last more than a life time."
So realistic you wont believe your eyes!
With Fish Recreations you can have your catch of a lifetime "caught" in incredible life like detail, even though your fish was returned safely to the water. Usually all that is needed from you are a few measurements, and one or two photographs of your prize before you return it to the water to enable John to match your fish species and size exactly.
John spends hours getting your replica just right!
Each commission is completely handmade and painted, and some works can take many months to complete. Time is not taken into consideration with this type of artwork. Check out the photos on their website or popular Facebook Page to see the stunning attention to detail for yourself! We also have a selection of Johns work on display instore for all our customers to see all year round should you like to view one in person!
The finished article!
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!

Get £30 worth of GAC Vouchers - Plus a Years Supply of Fishing Mags!

Our friends at Trout and Salmon magazine will be attending our famous Open Weekend  on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of March 2017, and if you subscribe to one of their magazines, we'll give you £30 in vouchers to spend in our massive fishing tackle megastore.  Simply sign up for 13 issues of either Trout and Salmon, Trout Fisherman, Sea Angler or Improve your Coarse Fishing for just £40 and we'll give you a £30 gift card to spend instore on whatever you like, whenever you like!
These magazines are superb value for money because if you love your fishing as much as we do, it's important to keep up to date with all the latest news, techniques and fishing gear and you'll get this and a lot more with these titles - delivered right to your door!
Don't miss out!  Get yourself along to the Open Weekend and sign up for this exclusive offer!
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!

Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Entry February 2017 - Dee Salmon!

Sean McGarry with a stunning spring Salmon caught from the River Dee at Park, caught on his trusty Guideline LPXe rod and shooting head combo with a Dee Monkey fly at the business end!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our February 2017 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button! Don't forget to share all your favourite entries to help them win too!

If you would like to enter our Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Competition and have the chance to win £100 to spend at GAC, simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used. You can also enter instore - just ask any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page! 

Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Entry February 2017 - Pike on the Fly!

Stuart Sutherland caught this cracking Pike from a Scottish Loch on a black and green tube fly tied by his friend. Caught on his first trip out with his new Vision rod and Pike fly line from GAC!

You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our February 2017 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button! Don't forget to share all your favourite entries to help them win too!

If you would like to enter our Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Competition and have the chance to win £100 to spend at GAC, simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used. You can also enter instore - just ask any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!