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Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Tying a Grayling Bug with Davie McPhail

Davie demonstrates how to tie a Grayling Bug, ideal for this time of year when we turn our attention to the lady of the stream!



Materials Used:

Hook - Czech Nymph or Czech Nymph Fine Wire size 10
Thread - UTC 70 Yellow Olive
Rib - 3lb Clear Nylon or extra fine Ultra Wire
Back - Scud Back Light Olive 1/8
Under Body - Lead Foil
Body - Olive Hares Mask Fur and Light Olive UV Ice Dub
Thorax - Natural Fur Dub Fox Squirrel and Brown Olive Ice Dub
Colour Thorax and Head with a Brown Marker Pen

All of the materials needed to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre - if you need any help finding them or choosing substitutes we will be more than happy to help!

The New Hardy and Greys Double Handers are here!

With deliveries of the latest Hardy Marksman 2 and Greys XF2 Salmon fly rods just around the corner, many customers have been asking us to explain the differences between S and the T models that essentially give us two concepts in one rod range! The T series rods are designed with full Spey lines like the popular Hardy Mach Spey line in mind. For those who like casting a full line, these rods fit the criteria perfectly and will suit those who favour a more traditional rod and style of casting. The S series rods are designed with versatility in mind - the ultimate in user friendly rods for use in conjunction with modern short or shooting head lines.
The all new, user friendly Hardy Marksman 2 Spey Rod
Who better to explain the concept than Spey casting and Salmon fishing expert Ian Gordon, who helped develop these two ranges of rods...

"As the full range of both Hardy and Greys rods reach the market, I’d like to offer those who may not be familiar with this concept exactly what it’s about.

Having seen the success of previous rods and having a good idea of where the market was going, back in 2009, we decided on a more “Holistic” approach to the design of both rod and line. Basically, ensuring we have something to fit all. That is – All fishing and casting scenarios and even delving into the murky waters of casting technique. Although it has its sceptics, this approach will, I believe set the precedence moving forward.
The XF2 "S" model has a shorter handle
Across both brands the new Hardy Marksman 2 and Greys XF2 Ranges of double handed rods will support either “S” Scandi style, and “T” Traditional style. So in each range we have two separate rods with very different actions and cosmetics, providing the angler with something which best fit’s their personal approach to both fishing and casting. It is also designed provide those giving casting and fishing tuition an easier platform to help customers make the correct decisions when purchasing a rod.

Generally speaking, “S” Series rods are slightly softer in the butt, but much stiffer than their “T” cousins in the tip. Handles, both upper and lower, are shorter on “S” rods than those of the “T”. Specifically designed to encourage casters to hold, not the cork, but the ball at the end of the handle, “S” series rods will have a familiar feel to most people familiar with the underhand technique. Those more used to longer, more traditional casting strokes will feel much more at home with the longer handles found on the “T” series rods. The action of each has also been designed with what I know to be the most popular/common casting techniques in mind. Of course this leads to murky waters and grey areas, but for the most, I know this will prove to be positive, rather than a negative step.
The XF2 "T" model with its more traditional styling
Extensive testing with High speed cameras working at 200 fps, also provided us with what were optimal ring spacing’s on each series. Most “S” series rods have 11 rings whilst for the “T” series this is 13.

Whilst at the heart of the concept is my own perception of what are the most common casting and fishing styles, the addition of the optimum weight of fly-lines present us with system where, no matter what line type the customer asks for, the shop owner will know instantly what is optimum for that particular rod. This of course is where we find those “grey areas”, however, when I use the word “Optimum”, I’m of course talking about how the rod will perform when using the most common casting techniques.
The new OWL line rating guide - Click to enlarge
There are many of us who, because we fish a great deal, can adapt our technique to suit almost any weight of line on any rod, but for those walking into a shop and asking for a rod and line set up for a particular size of river, our “optimum line weight and length” [OWL], will prove invaluable to both them and the people in the shop.

Both “S” and “T” series rods have the “OWL” marked discreetly on the underside of the blank just above the cork. Each rod has marked similar to this -

e.g. - SH 32g, SS 38g, MS 44g LB 54g, showing the range of weights optimum for that rod. This also points out, although designed for a short or mid head line the “T” series rod, will also perform with a Short or Long Line depending on the ability of the caster.

SH =[Short Head], SS =[Short Spey], MS = [Mid Spey] and LB = [Long Belly]

Of course there will be those who like to pick holes in this concept, it’s the nature of the beast, but for whom it is aimed at, “Mr Average”, I know it will make things a whole lot easier than they are right now…."
The full range of Hardy Marksman 2 and Greys XF2 Salmon fly rods are available to see and to buy from Glasgow Angling Centre now!

Friday, 25 November 2011

Worlds Oldest Fish Hooks Found in East Timor

Australian archaeologists have found what they think is the world's oldest fishing hooks at a site at Jerimalai, near the eastern tip of East Timor.
The hooks are up to 23,000 years old!
In the journal Science, they said their research shows that people who crossed the open oceans to colonise Australia were also effective deep sea anglers. The remains they found of pelagic fish such as Tuna were 42,000 years old, pushing back the date for the earliest example of deep sea fishing by about 30,000 years. The oldest hooks they discovered were shown to be somewhere between 23,000 and 16,000 years old.

"This is the earliest definite evidence for fishing hook manufacture in the world" the scientists stated.

Read more HERE

Fish of the Month November Entry - Stroan Pike!

Darrel Wilson caught this 17lb Pike on a whole Mackerel bait while fishing his local water, Loch Stroan.
Darrel with a nice fat Loch Stroan Pike
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in November gallery 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. 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!

Fish of the Month November Entry - Kayak Bass!

Jordan Muir shows off a 6lb Bass he caught while fishing from his Kayak in Co Cork, Ireland.
Young Jordan shows off his Bass
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in November gallery 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. 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!

David Bell's Monster Sturgeon!

Resident fly fishing instructor at the GAC and Hardy Academy member, David Bell, is a well known face in Scottish fishing and he has recently returned from one of his regular trips to the Fraser river system in British Columbia with an awesome tale to tell!
David is a regular visitor to BC
Although they mainly go to fish for Salmon on the fly David and his party always take a day out of their week to fish for the river systems largest resident - the White Sturgeon. Using Uptide style rods with Penn multiplier reels and baits made from Coho Salmon Roe they have landed a few 100lb plus specimens in the last few years and it always makes for a memorable day off from spey casting and swinging flies.
The huge Sturgeon launches itself from the water!
On this occasion however, David hooked a massive Sturgeon which ran him ragged for over 90 minutes in an epic battle in which the huge fish jumped spectacularly - propelling its entire body clear of the water in an awesome display of power and strength! The fish was finally beaten, leaving David exhausted, and was measured at over 8 feet long - giving it an approximate weight of almost 400lbs! The prehistoric beast was quickly photographed and returned back to the river.
Exhausted from the battle, David gets some help for the trophy shot!
If you need any advice on fishing in BC, or indeed any kind of fly fishing, you can contact David through the shop or his website www.speycasting-tuition.com

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Fish of the Month November Entry - Dartmouth Pollack!

Robert Bond caught this 22lb Pollack while fishing on the Gemini charter out off Dartmouth! The fish took a Red Gill Lure.
Robert with his big Pollack
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in November gallery 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. 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!

Fish of the Month November Entry - Lochter Trout!

This Rainbow Trout was caught at Lochter Activity Centre, Aberdeenshire, by Bob Campbell. It weighed in at approx 9lb 12oz.
Bob's big Trout!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in November gallery 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. 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!

Fish of the Month November Entry - Cuban Wahoo!

Jock Reilly with a Wahoo he caught while on holiday in Cuba. This was the best fish of the day and was taken back to the hotel where they cooked it for him and it was the best fish he had ever tasted!
Jock with a tasty Wahoo
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in November gallery 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. 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!

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

New Hardy Zenith Sintrix Spey Rods Arrive!!!

The long awaited Double Handed versions of the hugely popular Hardy Zenith range has started to land, with both the 12'6 and the 14'6 rod now in stock at the GAC!!!
It's here! The new Hardy Zenith Salmon fly rod...
The Hardy Zenith Salmon rods have a super fast action and are fitted with shorter, modern, handles - though not as short as some of the Scandinavian rods on the market today. We have tried out these rods on a number of occasions prior to the launch and found them to work well with a wide range of line weights and types, plus the increased strength of SINTRIX allows fish to be played quickly and firmly, a bonus when it comes to catch and release.
Flawless finish - Click for Hi-Res Image!
With blanks manufactured with the Hardy SINTRIX material – providing up to 60% increase in compressive strength - these rods have an incredible strength to weight ratio which along with the high performance, fast action design, top of the line Titanium recoil guides from REC and Fuji and the stunning Hardy designed two part skeletal reel seat makes for a great package of good looks with awesome build quality. To top it all off, the alloy rod tube with sleeve, deluxe rod bag and blank plugs add a sense of ceremony every time you set the rod up!
Top quality bespoke components!
The rods are available to buy now from Glasgow Angling Centre, and all the pre-ordered rods will be winging their way to their new owners very soon! The rest of the sizes will be available shortly as well. Come and see the range instore, give them more than a wiggle on our casting pool or order online and get free shipping!

Fish of the Month November Entry - Big Haddock!

Dan Spearman caught this 5lb 10oz Haddock on a Red Gill Evolution lure while fishing over a wreck off of Dartmouth on the Samuel Irvin 3 charter boat.
Dan with a big Haddie
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in November gallery 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. 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!

Monday, 21 November 2011

Fish of the Month November Entry - French Trout!

Henri Loison caught an unexpected Trout on a Zonker Muddler while fly fishing for Pike in the Adour River, Landes, France. The fish measured 67cm and weighed 2.6kg.
A surprise Trout for Henri
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in November gallery 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. 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!

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Hardy Fin & Fly November 2011

Stevie Munn, introduces his top Salmon flies
November's 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. It's always filled with awesome photography, up to date information, great competitions and this month it features six new articles that focus on both destination and tactical fishing. Chris Ogborne looks at the sport in Cornwall in November, where the season is very far from being over, John Bailey gives an account of his love of Greenland, Hardy Academy Member, Stevie Munn, introduces his top Salmon flies, Nick Hart gives his top tips on what fly gear to use for Pike, Henry Gilbey focuses on fishing for GTs in the Seychelles and, in his second article this month Chris Ogborne pays his respects to Bernard Cribbins, a lifelong friend to angling, who received an OBE this month.


Click here to read the latest edition!

Friday, 18 November 2011

Tying the Green Spey with Davie McPhail

Davie ties a Spey style fly and as always this video is filled with great hints and tips from the man himself! The Alec Jackson hooks are similar to the Partridge Salar Single hooks and these could be used as an alternative if you can't find the AJ hook locally.



Materials Used:
Hook: Silver Alec Jackson Single
Tag: Oval silver tinsel.
Rib: Silver wire.
Body: UTC holographic green tinsel.
Wing: Chartreuse fox over chartreuse krystal flash.
Collar: Dyed green golden pheasant breast behind chartreuse dyed teal or mallard flank.
Cheeks: Jungle cock
Head: Chartreuse and Black

All of the materials needed to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre - if you need any help finding them or choosing substitutes we will be more than happy to help!

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Deal of the Week - Stillwater Clearview Fly Box & 10 Salmon Flies!


Deal of the Week! Save 75% on Stillwater Clearview Fly Box & 10 Salmon Flies - RRP £39.99 Now just £10!!!

Our best selling Clearview fly box with 10 top quality Salmon flies. Clear lid aids in the correct selection when stored alongside numerous other boxes in your luggage.  The clear high density Polycarbonate also provides fantastic durability and the rubber seal provides excellent water resistance - a bargain at the unbelievable price of just £10!

This deal ends 24/11/2011, Get them while stocks last!!!

Fish of the Month November Entry - Gryffe Grayling!

Steven Reid caught this Grayling from his local river, the Gryffe trotting with double maggot on his new rod and reel he got from the Glasgow Angling Centre.
Stevens Grayling from the Gryffe
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in November gallery 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. 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!

Fish of the Month November Entry - Rhonnda Trout!

Terry Bromwell caught this cracking Brown Trout from the River Rhonnda, South Wales earlier this year. He tempted the fish on a small Olive Dun pattern using his Airflo fly rod.
Terry's Rhonnda Trout
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in November gallery 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. 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!

Esthwaite Kayakers Struggle to Make the Slam!

Eighteen contestants battled it out on the 30th October for the inaugural Esthwaite Water Kayaking Grand Slam competition. The competition consisted of a practice day on the 29th October and the general format for the event was to include catching three predatory species from the lake, Trout, Perch and Pike. The winner of the Grand Slam being the longest combined length of all the target species, with fishery rules of fly, spin and worm being applicable. The competition was open to all kayak anglers and was run jointly with the Angling Trust and Esthwaite Water Trout Fishery.
Kayak anglers ready to start the Grand Slam!
Unfortunately the Cumbrian fishing mecca was not on its usual form and the fishing was tough. Although Trout and Pike were caught, it was the Perch that were proving to be elusive on the day, so on the big day itself, no one actually completed the grand slam. However there were some excellent prizes won and in third place Danny Williams caught 3 fish for a total length of 19 inches. In second place Andy Hoyle caught 2 fish for a total length of 39.5 inches and the winner, Simon Everett caught 2 fish for a total length of 46.5 inches.
Ant Glascoe of Savage Gear presents Simon with 1st prize
Ant Glascoe from Savage Gear presented the prizes, after all the contestants enjoyed a pie and a pint at the end of a tough day. As well as Savage Gear, our thanks go out to the co sponsors which included Glasgow Angling Centre, Okuma, Baitbox and Coarse Angling Today magazine. All in all this was a fantastic competition which gave the kayaking community the chance to meet like minded anglers and enjoy the superb camaraderie which was experienced over the whole weekend. The event is now firmly established in the fisheries event calendar and anyone wishing to fish next years event should contact the fishery on 015394 36541. Details will also be on our website in the new year, please log onto www.hawksheadtrout.com.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Fish of the Month November Entry - Tiger Trout!

Kyle Crossan was fishing at Swanswater Fishery with a floating line, 10 foot fluorocarbon leader and a weighted Yellow Dancer when he caught this tiger trout. This was the first one he has ever caught and although it only weighed just over 2lb it gave a great fight!
The unusual Tiger Trout
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in November gallery 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. 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!

Fish of the Month November Entry - Young Piker!

Tom Bunting (aged 9) with a 11lb Pike he caught with a ledgered Mackerel tail in about 15ft of water using a Shakespeare spinning rod, 15lbs mono and an old Mitchell 300c reel, in Ballyduggen Lake Northern Ireland.
Tom with his Pike
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in November gallery 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. 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!

GAC Wins Top Mail Order Award!

Glasgow Angling Centre have been voted the Best Mail Order company by readers of Total FlyFisher magazine in the recent ‘Total FlyFisher Tackle Awards’ which was featured in both the magazine and on the Total FlyFisher website.
GAC wins Best Mail Order Company 2011
We would like to thank all of our loyal customers who took part, and rest assured we will continue to work on improving and enhancing the service we give to the many thousands of Glasgow Angling Centre mail order customers both in the UK and all over the world.

We would also like to congratulate our friends and suppliers who also picked up awards including Bangour Trout Fishery (Best Small Stillwater), BugBond (RU Best Fly Fishing Innovation), Fulling Mill (Best Fly Manufacturer and RU Best Leader Material), Richard Wheatley (Best Fly Boxes), Costa Del Mar (Best Polarised Sunglasses), Simms (Best Waterproof Clothing) and Greys (Best River Rod and RU Best Stillwater Rod) - a much deserved award for all your hard work and dedication!
Get TFF on your handheld device!
Make sure you pick up the January issue of Total FlyFisher to see the full results and remember that TFF is one of the few fly fishing publications you can get sent directly to your iPhone, iPad or Android device every month!

Monday, 14 November 2011

Tying the Quinn Shrimp (Variant) with Davie McPhail

Davie ties the Irish style Salmon fly, the Quinn Shrimp, with a slight difference!



Materials List:

Hook, Salar Double size 9
Thread, Black Uni-Thread 8/0
Tag, Oval Silver Tinsel (Small)
Tail,Legs, Dyed Red Golden Pheasant Breast
Rib, Silver Wire (Small)
Body, Silver Holographic Tinsel
Veilings, Dyed Blue Grey Squirrel
Middle Hackle, Pale Magenta
Wings, Jungle Cock
Front Hackles, Pale Magenta and Badger Cock
Head, Black

All of the materials needed to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre - if you need any help finding them or choosing substitutes we will be more than happy to help!

Fish of the Month November Entry - Spoon caught Pike!

Aaron Connors caught this Pike on a Lure in Co Cavan, Ireland. The Pike was weighed at 10lb 2oz and was caught on a Copper Spoon.
Nice lure caught Pike
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in November gallery 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. 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!

Fish of the Month November Entry - Irish Pike!

Keith McLoughlin with a 27.8lbs Pike caught from an Irish still water. The fish was caught on a popped up Sardine on a shelf 20yds out in about 15ft of water.
Keith's nice Irish Pike
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in November gallery 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. 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!

Fish of the Month November Entry - Canal Pike!

Lee Nicklin sent this picture of a 24lb Pike caught on a Roach bait from a West Mids Canal.
Lee with a fat canal Pike
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in November gallery 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. 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!

Friday, 11 November 2011

Fish of the Month November Entry - Tamar Cod!

11 year old Corey Snell caught this 10lb Cod, on a Squid bait fished on a running ledger from a boat in the river Tamar.
A nice Cod for Corey
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in November gallery 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. 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!

Fish of the Month November Entry - First Double!

Keen Trout angler Alan McBride only started Pike fishing last year and this is his first double, tipping the scales at 18lb caught on a Trout deadbait fished on the bottom.
Alans first double figure Pike
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in November gallery 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. 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!

Fish of the Month November Entry - Essex Carp!

Paul Kelsey caught this Carp at Tylers Common fishery in Essex, it weighed 12lb 13oz and he used 10lb line, Pineapple Boillies with a Prawn on the hook fished close in to tempt it.
Paul with a nice Carp
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in November gallery 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. 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!

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Wednesday, 9 November 2011

November Clearance List Now Online!

Everyone loves a bargain!
The new sale lists for November are now on the website! With brand new product arriving almost daily we need to make room so once again even more stuff is reduced in price! We have added loads of stuff with up to 80% off list price! There's also some new sheets with flies and fly boxes, leaders and tippet plus loads of fishing, shooting and hunting clothing from Simms, Guideline and Scierra plus Seeland and Deerhunter as we clear out Glasgow Field Sports to make room for new stuff there as well!

We have added some more click through links too 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.

Click here to see the lists

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

Fish of the Month November Entry - Derravaragh Pike!

Noel Mawhinney with a mid twenty from Lough Derravaragh in southern Ireland, caught in -4C conditions on a Mackerel tail in 15 feet of water. The fish took about 20 minutes to land and was in great condition.
Noel with a nice Irish twenty!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in November gallery 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. 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!

Fish of the Month November Entry - Cuban Tarpon!

Dale Robertson with a nice Tarpon he caught in Cuba, landed on a 9' #10 fly rod fitted with an Abel Super 10 reel and an Intermediate Rio Outbound fly line. The fish took a home tied, size 2/0 Black Death.
Nice Tarpon Dale!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in November gallery 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. 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!

Fish of the Month November Entry - South Wales Pike!

Sion Lewis caught this Pike using dead bait fished on the the bottom. The fish weighed in at 18lb 8oz and he also caught a small Jack Pike and a fish that weighed just over the 15lb mark in the same session on a reservoir in South Wales.
Sion with a nice Pike
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in November gallery 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. 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!

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

End of an Era!

It is with much regret that we announce that PD Fishing Tackle and Guns in Cumbernauld will cease trading from Tuesday 08/11/11. We would like to thank all our customers for their loyalty over the last 20 years we have been trading in Cumbernauld. It was in this small shop that the Glasgow Angling Centre was born, and it is an end of an era for the business.

We can still provide all of your fishing tackle and shooting equipment needs at the Glasgow Angling Centre, and with the recent opening of the new M80 motorway our main store is now just 15 minute drive from the original PD Tackle site. Alternatively you can use our award winning mail order service and website. If you need any further information, please contact us.
Where it all started - the Barras Market
The Glasgow Angling Centre story began in the famous Barrowland Market in Glasgow. The MD and owner Paul Devlin started with a small (just 5ft wide!) market stall in the Barras selling mostly second hand tackle but quickly progressed, due to demand, to a much larger market stall in the heart of the Barrowland building.
A young Paul Devlin in PD Tackle & Guns
Soon afterwards, the first fishing tackle shop opened in Cumbernauld, on the outskirts of Glasgow - PD Fishing Tackle and Guns. As the shop was quite small, every inch of space was taken up with as much choice as possible. It soon became the Mecca for anglers from all over the central belt of Scotland and beyond. The first shop was often described as an Aladdin's cave of fishing tackle and was regularly queued right out the door and into the street with customers! It was here Paul made his first foray into the mail order business, which was at that time dominated by large, established and well known companies, many of whom are still in business today. It was a great success and with just two full time staff there were many late nights spent in the shop wrapping parcels for the next days post!
Paul Young cuts the ribbon at the opening of the GAC
Realising that there was a huge gap in the market for a larger shop that could offer an even bigger choice to the angler, Paul worked towards expanding the company and opened the first Glasgow Angling Centre store in the Gallowgate in Glasgow in 1996 - just a stones throw from where he had started in the Barras. With 6600 sq ft of retail space, 2500 sq ft of storage and lots more staff, the shop had the biggest choice in the UK. At first it seemed this would be big enough, but as anglers demanded more choice, GAC needed to expand even further. Mail order increasingly became a major part of the business and, once again, bigger premises were required.
A packed Glasgow Angling Centre
In 2004 the current Glasgow Angling Centre store was opened, and with over 30,000 sq ft of space, it had the largest range of angling equipment in Europe and still has to this very day. Situated on the outskirts of the city centre area of Glasgow the business now employs over 90 full time staff with 50 full time staff between the Glasgow Angling Centre and Glasgow Field Sports, which is now located inside the GAC store. The group also includes the coarse and carp specialists Chapman's Angling with stores in Scunthorpe and Hull and three warehouses full of stock keep all the shops topped up with gear all year long

The business is still growing, and who knows what is coming next!

Monday, 7 November 2011

Tying the Olive Quilled Cruncher with Davie McPhail

Davie shows us how to tie the Cruncher, a hugely successful trout fly that works very well in reservoirs and small stillwaters up and down the country.



All the materials used to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre, and if you need any help choosing them from the range just ask!

Materials Used:

Hook, Kamazan B175 size 10 to 14
Thread, Yellow Olive UTC 70
Tail, Cock Hackle Fibres dyed Golden Olive
Body, Dyed Peacock Quill Golden Olive
Wingbuds, Sunburst Goose Biots
Thorax, Peacock Herl dyed Golden Olive
Hackle, Light Ginger Hen dyed Golden Olive

Fish of the Month November Entry - NZ Brown Trout!

Ian Lawson caught this 7lbs 12oz Brown Trout one hour into the dark on a local river in Wellington, New Zealand. He was using a Sage rod and a Lamson reel with an Airflo Clear floating line and a size 10 Caddis dry fly. The fish took about 10 minutes to land, was weighed, photographed and then returned.
Ian with a nice NZ Brownie!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in November gallery 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. 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!