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Friday, 30 September 2011

Our Open Weekends Just Keep Getting Better!

What can we say?  Another truly awesome GAC Open Weekend done and dusted and one of our best attended events to date!
Matt Hayes
The atmosphere was tremendous.  Anglers from all over the UK flocked to meet some of the most famous and influential faces in fishing, including Matt Hayes, Hywel Morgan and Scott MacKenzie.  They got to see and try out the latest fishing tackle and witnessed some of the best fly tyers in the world showcase their skills and expertise.  
A Scott MacKenzie Spey Casting Masterclass
Captivated by Davie McPhail's Tying Skills
Our open weekends are a great opportunity to pick up a bargain, however they also create a fantastic 'community' feel where like minded anglers come together to learn new things, and indulge their passion.
Plenty of Gear on Show
Learning is always at the top of Glasgow Angling Centre's agenda.  We are passionate about helping our customers get the best from their tackle, that's why we invite the best names in the sport to come and demonstrate their techniques for the benefit of everyone.
Hywel Morgan - A Good Crowd Watches On
So we'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who attended our open weekend and supported us in making it once again the biggest Scottish angling event of the year.  We also look forward to seeing you again in March which promises to be bigger and better!

Here are just a few of the many messages we have received from attendees of the event...

'My dad took me and my sister to your store today, we want to say thanks for a great day. I met Matt Hayes and we got an autograph and our photo taken with Matt. He was great with us and made our day, dad said it was good he took the time to speak to us, a big thanks to the Glasgow Angling Centre' - Patrick Quinn, Aged 11

'Just a quick note to thank you for the invite to the open weekend again, I had a great time meeting new and existing customers alike!' - David Edwards, Bug Bond

'A big thank you from me for inviting us along to the open weekend, your staff where very helpful and welcoming and we learnt a lot from talking to a wide range of fisherman' - Cameron Radford, Clyde Outboard Services

'Thanks to @glasgowangling today for their informative day and also cheers for the free fly box which I only noticed when I got home!' - Kevin O'Donnell, on Twitter

Thursday, 29 September 2011

PRT West Glasgow Carers Centre

Angling gives young carers much needed respite!
Robert Murray from PRT West Glasgow Young Carers Centre has been a customer of ours for a number of years, regularly buying fishing tackle for the centre which is used to give young people who are carers some respite through trips, activities, training and emotional support. He asked us for help to make people aware of their cause and we are more than happy to help by asking all of our customers to take two minutes to vote for them through the RBS Community Force scheme and give them the chance to win funding for the centre. He writes...

'Hello all Anglers,
The voting has now opened for RBS Community Force, where people can vote for their favourite projects to be in with a chance of winning the award.

We are asking if you can spare five minutes and vote for us by clicking on the link below. Voting is open until the 23rd of October 2011.


http://communityforce.rbs.co.uk/project/496


We would like to say in advance many thanks for your support of the PRT West Glasgow Carers Centre and appreciate you taking the five minutes out of your busy day to vote for us so we can buy fishing equipment to provide respite and time out for children and young people.


Yours Sincerely, Robert Murray
Young Carers Support Worker
PRT West Glasgow Carers Centre
robert.murray@volunteerglasgow.org'

So go on, visit the RBS site and place your vote to help these young people get the support and help they deserve! And if you would like to get involved, contact Robert and help make a difference to these youngsters lives.

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Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Local Heroes

Ken Reid, the Fisheries Development Officer from the River Dee Board, sent us this account of how a community can come together to help improve their local waterways to benefit everyone who uses them - including anglers! 

'Following on from an organised river bank clean up in May, when local Police Officer Mike Whyte organised a group of residents from Banchory to assist with an afternoons work tidying up the river bank. It was decided to do a subsequent clear up later in the summer. PC Whyte organised another afternoon’s work for volunteers on Sunday and I went along to participate again. I was really thrilled to see 8 young men from Banchory put themselves forward to participate with the clear up. Carol Douglas, Community Learning Worker, had persuaded them to help out and she advised, ’ All 8 of the young men are members of the Banchory Skate Park Development Group (coordinated by me) and their ultimate aim is to have a new skate park built in the village. In the meantime they are taking up any opportunity to get more involved in volunteering work that enables them to contribute to their community. Their efforts can contribute to their completion of an MV Award Certificate and the volunteering part of their D of E award.’
The assembled group of helpers with the 10 refuse sacks of rubbish collected - mostly broken glass.
Police Officer Mike Whyte had again sourced litter pickers, refuse bags, safety gloves for the tidy up and provided a thorough risk assessment to the volunteers. We then proceeded to the River Bank at Banchory Bridge and walked upstream picking up litter for the next few hours. I have to admit to being quite distressed and shocked at seeing the amount of broken glass on the river bank where people have been discarding their empty beer bottles. The amount encountered was really hazardous to anglers, walkers, pets and of course our native wildlife. Anyone could unwittingly slip on the river bank and land on broken bottles and shards of razor sharp glass. The land owners could be faced with demands for compensation if someone did have a nasty accident. I also thought that an animal like an otter or a family pet would have absolutely no chance of avoiding injury if it was traversing the river bank under the cover of darkness. Our visiting anglers who enjoy fishing the river in the Banchory area, and who contribute significantly to the local economy are meticulous about removing their litter from the countryside and putting their rubbish in their rucksacks etc. They just cannot understand why people can be so thoughtless about leaving such hazardous debris lying around on our river bank. I just wish people would stop and think before smashing beer bottles on the river bank if they really need to leave such a hazardous amount of waste lying around. If they can take beer bottles to the river bank, then when they have consumed the contents and the bottles are empty they can easily take them away and deposit these in the many rubbish receptacles provided in Banchory
Anyway the local heroes from the skate park worked diligently and carefully, removing the dangerous debris from the river bank, and were a delight to work with. I thank them for giving so generously of their time and I do hope the local people get behind this group of fine upstanding young men and help them get a skate park in the village. P.C Whyte is to be applauded for his initiatives in trying to engage constructively with the local youths from Banchory. The team in the river office have a close working relationship with the local police force and officers like Mike Whyte deserve recognition, respect and all our thanks for working diligently in trying to deliver a nicer, safer community for us all to enjoy.'

Ken Reid, Fisheries Development Officer, River Dee Board

The guys look like they done a great job! We as anglers have a responsibility to look after our waterways, keep them litter free, and maintain the good name we have as conservationists and custodians of our environment. We urge all GAC customers to spend just five minutes of your session picking up any litter you can find around your swim and bin it properly - regardless of who left it there! Remember to cut any waste fishing line into short lengths that wildlife won't get tangled up in. It's the usual case of the minority giving the majority a bad name, but the anti-angling lobby, the press and the general public don't distinguish between responsible and irresponsible anglers - the finger is pointed at us all!

Fish of the Month September Entry - Thames Pike!

Paul Huxcoeur with a 24lb Thames pike caught on a Strike Pro X-Buster. This was the best of 4 20lb+ pike he caught in September.
A nice Thames twenty!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by clicking HERE and hitting the Like button!

If you would like to enter our FOTM competition and have the chance to win £100 simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used through this page of our website HERE. You can also enter instore - just ask a member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page and from August 2011 the winner will be chosen by our customers, simply by Liking the image on Facebook and we will announce the winner on the last day of each month. Good luck and we look forward to seeing the entries.

If you are having difficulty using the online entry form, simply email your picture and details to any of the usual fishingmegastore addresses, with FOTM in the subject line!

Fish of the Month September Entry - Nith Salmon!

Andrew Dean caught this cock Salmon whilst fishing on the river Nith in Scotland on the DGAA water. He was fishing with a floating Rapala and the fish weighed 15lb 1oz.
Andrew's Salmon
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by clicking HERE and hitting the Like button!

If you would like to enter our FOTM competition and have the chance to win £100 simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used through this page of our website HERE. You can also enter instore - just ask a member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page and from August 2011 the winner will be chosen by our customers, simply by Liking the image on Facebook and we will announce the winner on the last day of each month. Good luck and we look forward to seeing the entries.

If you are having difficulty using the online entry form, simply email your picture and details to any of the usual fishingmegastore addresses, with FOTM in the subject line!

Fish of the Month September Entry - Meon Springs Trout!

James Houghton with his new personal best from Meon Springs, 6lb 10oz caught on an Orange Dancer.
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by clicking HERE and hitting the Like button!

If you would like to enter our FOTM competition and have the chance to win £100 simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used through this page of our website HERE. You can also enter instore - just ask a member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page and from August 2011 the winner will be chosen by our customers, simply by Liking the image on Facebook and we will announce the winner on the last day of each month. Good luck and we look forward to seeing the entries.

If you are having difficulty using the online entry form, simply email your picture and details to any of the usual fishingmegastore addresses, with FOTM in the subject line!

Fish of the Month September Entry - High Dam Trout!

11 year old Chris Yates caught this Rainbow Trout at High Dam Fishery near Eaglesham.
Chris looks chuffed to bits!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by clicking HERE and hitting the Like button!

If you would like to enter our FOTM competition and have the chance to win £100 simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used through this page of our website HERE. You can also enter instore - just ask a member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page and from August 2011 the winner will be chosen by our customers, simply by Liking the image on Facebook and we will announce the winner on the last day of each month. Good luck and we look forward to seeing the entries.

If you are having difficulty using the online entry form, simply email your picture and details to any of the usual fishingmegastore addresses, with FOTM in the subject line!

Get that man a Bells!

Fish of the Month September Entry - Wear Salmon!

Jonny Cummings with a Salmon from the river Wear, fresh as they come!
Fresh Wear Salmon!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by clicking HERE and hitting the Like button!

If you would like to enter our FOTM competition and have the chance to win £100 simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used through this page of our website HERE. You can also enter instore - just ask a member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page and from August 2011 the winner will be chosen by our customers, simply by Liking the image on Facebook and we will announce the winner on the last day of each month. Good luck and we look forward to seeing the entries.

If you are having difficulty using the online entry form, simply email your picture and details to any of the usual fishingmegastore addresses, with FOTM in the subject line!

Sunday, 25 September 2011

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Friday, 23 September 2011

Costa del Mar come to Glasgow!


Steve Chance from Costa Del Mar sunglasses will be instore for our Open Weekend, showing off that latest styles and lenses and helping you choose the glasses that are right for you and your chosen activity!

Open Weekend Timetables!

Casting Demos!

Fly Tyers!

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Introducing the GAC Reward Card!


This weekend will see the launch of the new Glasgow Angling Centre Reward Card, our way of giving you something back for shopping with us and making your shopping experience smoother! You can register to get your card FREE instore at our Open Weekend on the 24th and 25th of September (normally £5) and start collecting points right away! Once you have your Reward Card simply hand it over at the till or log in online and your points will be added to your account automatically. Login online or ask instore to check your points total and use them to get discount on almost any purchase!

GAC Reward Programme - How does it work?

Reward Card Reward Membership is available to GAC customers for just £5 for life, and you can sign up online or instore right away. You'll receive your Reward Card number immediately, which means that you can start using it straight away for shopping online. Your card will arrive in the post shortly afterwards so you can use it in our Stores as well! Cards will be printed with your name, card number and a barcode to help us speed thing up at the tills when it is used instore.

Reward Programme Benefits

Points On Purchases - Earn points to use towards your next purchase in-store or online!

Double Points On Stillwater and Fisheagle - With every Stillwater and Fisheagle product get double the points to use towards your next purchase in-store or online!

Exclusive Mailings - Keeping you up to date with hot offers and new products!

Exclusive Offers - Take advantage of our Reward Offers offering members the chance to save even more money on purchases online and instore.

Bonus Point Promotions - Exclusive offers which allow you to really rack up those points!

Please note: There are no points awarded at all when purchasing Gift Cards or Postage.

Why should I get a Reward Card?
With your GAC Reward Card, you effectively pay less than customers who aren't GAC Reward Card members, by earning points every time you shop that add up to money off in future.

You collect at least 10 points for every £1 you spend in store or online and earn a £2.50 discount when you've saved 1,000 points. To check your Reward Card points balance at any time simply login to your account online or ask any member of staff instore for assistance.

Plus we'll send you exclusive offers matched to you what you're interested in. Whatever you're into, we'll drop the best deals directly into your inbox, or maybe even through your door.

How do I get one?
You can sign up online right now. You'll receive your Reward Card number immediately, which means that you can start using it straight away for shopping online. Your card will arrive in the post shortly so you can start to use it instore as well.

Alternatively you can go in store and one of our team will tap your details into the system and give you your Reward Card there and then. All it costs you is £5 for life.

To check your Reward Card points balance at any time simply login to your account online or ask any member of staff instore for assistance.

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Fly Tying at the September Open Weekend!

The fly tying demonstrations are always very popular at our Open Weekends and the next one will be no different! These guys are all at the top of their game and will 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 the fly tying section in the shop and help you to choose the right materials, so don't miss out on our Open Weekend, 24th and 25th of September!

Davie McPhail
Davie McPhail (Saturday, Sunday)
Classed as one of the very best tyers in Europe, Davie McPhail has been tying flies since 1982 and has more recently become a YouTube sensation with millions of hits. He will be tying for us all weekend and giving help and advice to solve all your fly tying problems. Signed DVDs will also be available all weekend. http://www.youtube.com/user/DavieMcPhail

Duncan Egan
Duncan Egan (Sunday)
Duncan specialises in tying modern salmon flies and is the inventor of the hugely successful Flamethrower series of flies. He ties flies professionally for many salmon beats and high profile salmon anglers all over the world and often has a lengthy waiting list. However he is by no means a one trick fly tyer and if you ask him nicely he will show you some of the most awesome Clyde style trout flies you will ever see. http://www.duncaneganflies.co.uk/

Michael Low
Michael Low (Sunday)
Michael Low is well known in the competition scene, having had success from an early age and is also a fan of river fishing. He recently started a new job with top fly supplier Fulling Mill, working behind the scenes and will be happy to show off his favourite pattern for rivers and lochs and show you how to tie them and fish them successfully. http://www.fullingmill.com

David Edwards
David Edwards (Saturday, Sunday)
David  has always been fascinated by the pike, but it doesn't stop him from fishing for other species. He will use most legal means of catching fish but his favourite and most successful method has to be fly fishing. David is best known as the man who popularised the use of modern UV curing glues in UK fly tying and made them available to the masses under the Bug-Bond brand. he will be demonstrating the various methods and uses he has found for this innovative product and all the latest Bug-Bond products will be available for purchase instore. http://deesox.blogspot.com/

There will be tons of stuff happening on the Open Weekend dates. Keep an eye out on Facebook, Twitter and instore for more info on what's going on at this event!

Fish of the Month September Entry - Goyt Brownie!

Steven McCrevey with a Brown Trout he caught on a Double Blade Spinner from the river Goyt in Stockport. The fish was not weighed but looks like a cracker!
Steven's Goyt Brownie
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by clicking HERE and hitting the Like button!

If you would like to enter our FOTM competition and have the chance to win £100 simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used through this page of our website HERE. You can also enter instore - just ask a member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page and from August 2011 the winner will be chosen by our customers, simply by Liking the image on Facebook and we will announce the winner on the last day of each month. Good luck and we look forward to seeing the entries.

If you are having difficulty using the online entry form, simply email your picture and details to any of the usual fishingmegastore addresses, with FOTM in the subject line!

Fish of the Month September Entry - Blue Orfe!

Young Callum Bradford sent us this picture of his first ever Blue Orfe which he caught at Magiscroft fishery in Cumbernauld.
Callum's first Blue Orfe
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by clicking HERE and hitting the Like button!

If you would like to enter our FOTM competition and have the chance to win £100 simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used through this page of our website HERE. You can also enter instore - just ask a member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page and from August 2011 the winner will be chosen by our customers, simply by Liking the image on Facebook and we will announce the winner on the last day of each month. Good luck and we look forward to seeing the entries.

If you are having difficulty using the online entry form, simply email your picture and details to any of the usual fishingmegastore addresses, with FOTM in the subject line!

Fish of the Month September Entry - Teith Sea Trout!

Paul MacIntyre with a Sea Trout that tipped the scales at 5lb. Taken on a 2inch blue and white Devon Minnow from the river Teith in Callendar 2nd cast after returning a 9lb Salmon. The fish was taken for the table as it was bleeding, not through choice.
Paul with his Sea Trout
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by clicking HERE and hitting the Like button!

If you would like to enter our FOTM competition and have the chance to win £100 simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used through this page of our website HERE. You can also enter instore - just ask a member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page and from August 2011 the winner will be chosen by our customers, simply by Liking the image on Facebook and we will announce the winner on the last day of each month. Good luck and we look forward to seeing the entries.

If you are having difficulty using the online entry form, simply email your picture and details to any of the usual fishingmegastore addresses, with FOTM in the subject line!

Fish of the Month September Entry - Shambles Turbot!

Roger Chambers with a Turbot weighing 7lbs 12oz, caught using a size 2 hook with an 8oz weight on a sliding clip while drifting on the Shambles near Portland, Dorset.
Roger's Turbot
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by clicking HERE and hitting the Like button!

If you would like to enter our FOTM competition and have the chance to win £100 simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used through this page of our website HERE. You can also enter instore - just ask a member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page and from August 2011 the winner will be chosen by our customers, simply by Liking the image on Facebook and we will announce the winner on the last day of each month. Good luck and we look forward to seeing the entries.

If you are having difficulty using the online entry form, simply email your picture and details to any of the usual fishingmegastore addresses, with FOTM in the subject line!

Ultralite CC and DD - The latest reels from Hardy

With the recent price drop and deals on the Hardy Swift mk2 and Marksman reels we knew the next generation of Hardy reels was just around the corner - and we are pleased to announce that the new Hardy Ultralite DD and CC series reels will be available for you to see for the first time in the UK at the GAC Open Weekend on the 24th and 25th of September 2011! We have seen and used the prototypes and these are sure to become best sellers in 2012!
The new Hardy Ultralite DD
The Ultralite DD range of fly reels combines the legendary strength of Hardy fly reel design into a new Ultra large Arbour, lightweight design that is both supremely practical and aesthetically stunning. A worthy successor to the Swift mkII. Available in 4000, 5000, 6000, 7000, 8000, 9000 and 10000 sizes suitable for #4 trout lines to #11 spey lines.

  • Strong yet lightweight design
  • Stunning Hardy designed and engineered aesthetics.
  • Reel back up screwed through frame for maximum security
  • Wide ranging advanced fibre composite drag system.
  • 6061 bar stock Aluminum construction
  • Tool-less conversion from left to right hand wind
  • Ultra large arbour / narrow width spool design
  • Quick release captive spool system
The Hardy Ultralite CC
The Ultralite CC range of reels is a significant advance on the popular Marksman reel series. Perfectly sized and designed for light line applications the range covers lines from the ultra light 1# and 2# weights through to the standard size 5# river line, ensuring there is an offering for every light line enthusiast. Available in sizes 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 for line sizes #1 to #5.

  • Lightweight to balance modern rods
  • Reel back up screwed through frame for maximum security
  • Unique adjustable and wide ranging click check mechanism
  • 6061 bar stock Aluminium construction
  • Tool less conversion from left to right hand wind
  • Ultra large arbour / narrow width spool design
  • Quick release spools

Both reels will be available to purchase from Glasgow Angling Centre from September!

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Hywel Morgan confirms for the GAC Open Weekend!

Hywel Morgan
World record caster, Welsh internationalist and now TV presenter, Hywel is a well known face in the angling community and will be in store to give tips and advice on all types of fly fishing and casting problems as well as demonstrating the latest casting techniques. Autographed DVDs of his TV series will be available during the open weekend. http://www.hywelmorgan.co.uk/home.html

Meet the the stars at the September GAC Open Weekend!

The famous Glasgow Angling Centre Open Weekend is here again! It is hotting up to be our biggest and best yet, so you won't want to miss out on this fantastic opportunity to grab a bargain and attend one of the biggest and best fishing events of the year.

There is loads to do and see at the event, including fly casting tuition, meeting some of the most famous people in fishing, fly tying demonstrations, and predator or sea rig making demonstrations. It will also give you the opportunity to see some of the newest and exciting products for 2012 as well as pick up loads of bargains!
Meet Matt Hayes!
Meet the stars from the forefront of angling television shows like Matt Hayes and Hywel Morgan. Get qualified tuition from some of the best game angling and sea angling instructors and coaches in the country - all for for free!
See the new Ultralight DD reels from Hardy!

The guys from Hardy and Greys including Scottish favourite David Bell will be on hand to explain the new technology behind SINTRIX rods and show off new products like the new Double Handed Hardy Zenith and Ultralight DD reels , Greys GX500 and GX700 reels and the new Greys XF2 range of fly rods.
The amazing Guideline Reaction
The UK team from Guideline featuring innovative anglers like Matt Hayes, Mick McDaid and Duncan Egan will be on hand to help you choose the right gear for salmon and trout fish both here and abroad. And get the chance to try out the latest Guideline Reaction rods and Triple Density Shooting Heads.
Sea Angling Globetrotter Mike Thrussell
Pure Fishing representatives like Mike Thrussel will be offering some great deals on gear from brands like Shakespeare, Mitchell, Abu and Berkely including some awesome deals on Berkley Powerbait and tales of sea angling from all over the world.
The awesome Wychwood Truefly SALT reel!

The Wychwood fly fishing gear has been much talked about in the last few  years and their chief designer, Paul Richardson, will be with us all weekend explaining the thinking behind such modern products like the SLA reels, Vuefinder fly boxes and the latest luggage plus get to see the new white fly reel - the Truefly SALT. Plus Craig Barr will be showing off some of this years sure fire patterns from his prize winning fly box.
Captivated by Davy McPhail
For the avid fly tyer there is bumper weekend in store with some of the countries top fly dressers demonstrating their skills and answering any questions you may have plus some of the best quality fly tying materials in the world will be on sale as we once again bring our great friends from Cookshill Fly Tying into the store as a special treat to all our customers as well as a game bird skinning demo from the man himself Steve Cooper! Also watch as staff from Veniard demonstrate how to use their latest materials! Plus see the hottest product in fly tying this year being put through its paces as David Edwards from Bug-Bond shows you how to use it effectively for your chosen style of fly tying.

Staff from top wader manufacturer Simms will be demonstrating how to keep your waders in tip top condition and showing you the best methods for wader repair. And if you decide to buy a pair on the day they will professionally stud the soles of your new Simms boots with Hardbite Studs free of charge!
Ant Glascoe and Hywel Morgan
Savage Gear consultant Anthony Glascoe will be "coming home" to the GAC to give all you predator fanatics the lowdown on the latest lures from SG including the Soft 4play lures, Lipsculls and we will have fantastic deals on all Savage Gear lures. Plus get your copy of the DVD, To Lure a Killer, signed by Ant and co star Hywel Morgan.

Other brands represented at the Open Weekend will include Costa Del Mar, Shimano, G.Loomis, Sage, Rio, Redington, Lamson, Vision, Daiwa, MacKenzie, Fulling Mill, Partridge, Cortland, and many, many more so if you have any questions about their products them come and ask them! Plus we will have thousands of bargains and weekend only deals right across the store - so come and check it out!

Dave Edwards and Bug-Bond confirm for the Open Weekend!

Bug-Bond - Click to find out more
The man behind this years hottest fly tying product is coming to our Open Weekend! Dave Edwards will be with us all weekend demonstrating how to get the best results with his revolutionary product, letting you see why thousands of fly tyers all over the UK are raving about it!

Bug-Bond does away with messy epoxies and varnishes and leaves you with a very slick system to finish flies with. Simply apply Bug-Bond where you need it and blast it with UV light from the special torch for a few seconds to set it. Its crystal clear and as tough as epoxy, making your flies bullet proof! Check out this video from Davie McPhail using Bug-Bond on a very easy to tie Grayling bug!


Bug-Bond is ideal for Trout, Grayling and Salmon flies and especially saltwater and Pike patterns.

Cookshill Fly Tying Confirm for September Open Weekend 2011

Cookshill Fly Tying
Widely acclaimed fly tying material supplier, Cookshill, have confirmed that once again they will be joining us for the Open Weekend on September the 24th and 25th 2011. Steve Cooper and his team are best known for providing only the best, hand picked natural materials and his full skins are undoubtedly the best quality in the world! This is a unique opportunity for discerning fly tyers to visit the GAC and see these materials at first hand, and if you are interested in tying Clyde Style or North Country patterns then don't miss it as the full Cookshill range, including many hard to get materials will be on sale. The Cookshill stand will be located beside the fly tying demonstrations and Steve will also be demonstrating how he skins game birds for fly tying - always one of the most popular demos of the weekend!

Fish of the Month September Entry - Awe Pike!

Mariusz Rygoil was camping at Loch Awe with his son Alexander and caught this 23lb Pike! In total they caught 22 Pike - including another 20lb+ fish, 1 Trout and 11 Perch in 8 days on spinners and deadbaits! All the fish were returned and they have loads of pictures and videos to remember their trip by!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by clicking HERE and hitting the Like button!

If you would like to enter our FOTM competition and have the chance to win £100 simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used through this page of our website HERE. You can also enter instore - just ask a member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page and from August 2011 the winner will be chosen by our customers, simply by Liking the image on Facebook and we will announce the winner on the last day of each month. Good luck and we look forward to seeing the entries.

If you are having difficulty using the online entry form, simply email your picture and details to any of the usual fishingmegastore addresses, with FOTM in the subject line!

Monday, 19 September 2011

Spey Salmon Availablilty on Brae Water!

Ian Gordon - Top Salmon Guide
World Class Salmon Guide and Instructor Ian Gordon just let us know he has a day's Salmon fishing on the Brae Water Beat (no4) of the River Spey to let this Saturday coming (24th September). It comprises 5 rods @ £175 per rod if you know anyone interested and he will let single rods. If the water behaves then it could offer very good sport and the fish should be mainly fresh run. Give Ian a call on 07786120436 if you know anyone who might fancy or if you need any more details on this chance to fish one of the most sought after beats on the Spey!

Open weekend Casting Competition!

Due to its popularity last time, Glasgow Angling Centre will once again be hosting the distance fly casting competition at our September Open Weekend on the 24th and 25th of September 2011 - sponsored by Hardy & Greys!
Can you cast like Hywel Morgan?
Simply fill out a form to enter and you will have two minutes to make as many casts as possible with the new Hardy Zenith Sintrix 10ft #7 and a Hardy Mach line, with the longest verified cast being submitted for the competition. The customer with the longest cast on each day will win £100 worth of Hardy Greys products of their choice!

Full details will be available on the Open Weekend dates. Keep an eye out on Facebook, Twitter and instore for more info on what's going on at this event!

Fish of the Month September Entry - Big Perch!

Niall Butler caught this 3lb 1oz Perch after a week of fishing in the same spot and constantly baiting it with worms and groundbait. It was caught using a worm float fished just off the bottom.
Niall with his big Perch
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by clicking HERE and hitting the Like button!

If you would like to enter our FOTM competition and have the chance to win £100 simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used through this page of our website HERE. You can also enter instore - just ask a member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page and from August 2011 the winner will be chosen by our customers, simply by Liking the image on Facebook and we will announce the winner on the last day of each month. Good luck and we look forward to seeing the entries.

If you are having difficulty using the online entry form, simply email your picture and details to any of the usual fishingmegastore addresses, with FOTM in the subject line!

Saturday, 17 September 2011

September Clearance Lists Now Online!!!

Everyone loves a bargain!
The latest clearance lists for September are now live on the website! Massive reductions, and hundreds of new stock items added with up to 80% off the RRP! Check out amazing deals like Greys G-Tec fly reels with up to £80 off, Guideline Shooting Heads fly lines with over 50% off and Fireline Braid for only £10! Plus there are new Brand sorted sale lists for you to check out like Seeland, Le Chameau, Wychwood and Savage Gear!

We have also updated even more click through links that take you straight to the product on the website so you can buy it instantly! Just click on the code if it is blue- if its not blue then give us a call or email to buy!

Click here to see the lists

Remember the stock levels are not live, and if your not fast...your last!

Clyde Outboard Services come to GAC!

Clyde Outboard Services, the leading provider of outboards and related services in the Glasgow and Clyde area, will be at our September Open Weekend showing off some of the latest Honda outboard motors and giving advice on how best to maintain your 2 stroke and 4 stroke outboards. They will also be offering some great deals over the two days including...

  • 20% off all new Honda outboards for everyone attending the show
  • A prize draw to win a free service on your outboard - any make, any model welcome
  • Book your outboard in for its winter service at the show and get 10% off
Clyde Outboard Services was Launched in 2006 with the aim of providing servicing, repairs and parts for outboard owners in the Glasgow and Clyde area. As well as the workshop, Clyde Outboards provide a mobile service, travelling to you to service your outboard. This is more convenient for outboard owners who can not get to a service centre for reasons such as their outboard being to heavy or fixed to their boat.

In March 2011 they became an official Honda Dealership, and their new larger premises allowed for the creation of a showroom where Honda outboards, inflatables, parts and accessories are on display. In addition a separate workshop facility was established to continue with the repair and servicing aspect of the business.

So if you are an outboard owner, or are considering buying one, this is another great reason why you should not miss the GAC Open Weekend on the 24th and 25th of September 2011 or visit the Clyde Outboard Services website here - www.clyde-outboard-services.co.uk

Fish of the Month September Entry - Weymouth Turbot!

John Jacques Stone was fishing out of Weymouth, round by Portland Bill, he was fishing for Bass in the morning, and had a good catch, then in the afternoon he all decided to fish for Turbot, and had this one at 15lb which made his day!
A nice Turbot!
If you would like to enter our FOTM competition and have the chance to win £100 simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used through this page of our website HERE. You can also enter instore - just ask a member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page and from August 2011 the winner will be chosen by our customers, simply by Liking the image on Facebook and we will announce the winner on the last day of each month. Good luck and we look forward to seeing the entries.

If you are having difficulty using the online entry form, simply email your picture and details to any of the usual fishingmegastore addresses, with FOTM in the subject line!

Hardy Fin & Fly September 2011

John Bailey with a nice lady!
The July edition of Fin & Fly is now available online! If you haven't seen it before, Fin & Fly is Hardy and Greys monthly e-zine where you can read about fishing tactics and tips, and Hardy Academy members share their latest fishing experiences and best advice.

It's always filled with awesome photography, up to date information, great competitions and this month articles include - Rebecca Thorpe on giving something back to the community, John Bailey offers his tips on fishing for the lady of the stream, Nick Hart gives an honest approach to his love affair with Grayling, Henry Gilbey talks all things Wrasse fishing and Chris Ogborne welcomes his favourite month of the year and looks forward to the subtle changes in the countryside and his sport as summer slips into autumn!

Its well worth a look! Click here to read the latest edition!

New Series from Matt Hayes!

We have just heard that the Discovery Channel have bought the series Matt Hayes have spent the past two years making. Its called Wild Fisherman and it comprises 8 episodes of one hour duration. Four of the shows are from Mozambique and four are from Norway. All the shows are shot in full HD. Matt reckons it's the best telly has ever made by a mile. The new series looks like it will be screened in the new year.

Here is a sneak preview of the title sequence!

Fish of the Month September Entry - Kercock Salmon!

Andrew Turner with a 23lb Salmon caught from the River Tay at the Kercock beat. He used a Sunfire Rapala and braided line on a Mitchell reel to catch it!
Andrew with his Tay Salmon
If you would like to enter our FOTM competition and have the chance to win £100 simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used through this page of our website HERE. You can also enter instore - just ask a member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page and from August 2011 the winner will be chosen by our customers, simply by Liking the image on Facebook and we will announce the winner on the last day of each month. Good luck and we look forward to seeing the entries.

If you are having difficulty using the online entry form, simply email your picture and details to any of the usual fishingmegastore addresses, with FOTM in the subject line!

Friday, 16 September 2011

Deal of the Week - Okuma Compressa Tele Surf Rods!

Facebook Deal of the Week! Save over 58% on Okuma Compressa Tele Surf rods!!! RRP £120!!!

Click to enlarge!
24t Carbon Construction beach rods with fast action blanks, Titanium Oxide guide inserts and Fuji reel seats. Ideal for surf fishing at home or abroad - a bargain at the unbelievable price of just £50!

This deal ends 22/09/2011, Get them while stocks last!!!

Click here to buy now!