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Friday, 28 December 2012

Ian Gordon's Blue Charm - Now In Stock!

Blue Charm, the long awaited film from world casting champion, renowned instructor and all round ambassador for the sport Ian Gordon has finally landed here at Glasgow Angling Centre.



Well made and beautifully shot, Blue Charm takes in the splendour of some of the best beats for Salmon fishing on the rivers Findhorn, Spey and Dee, detailing the history, culture and wildlife of the rivers, while wonderfully detailing tactics, tackle and flies for fishing these iconic marks.

Blue Charm is a truly wonderful insight into the history, and modern tactics, of Salmon Fishing in the Highlands of Scotland.

Click here to order your copy.

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Fish of the Month December Entry - First Double!

Richard Dysart with a nice Rainbow Trout caught on an Orange Zonker, his first double figure fish!
Richards first double!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the December 2012 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 any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Glasgow Angling Centre and not to Facebook.


Amazing Million Dollar Lure!

Here at GAC we sell a lot of very expensive fishing gear, so we are used to the eye watering price tags on some of the latest top end products! Luckily we sell tackle to suit all budgets, so no one could ever say fishing was too expensive a sport to get into and it is amazing how little gear you actually need to be a successful angler! But we think this fishing lure might just have taken it too far........

If you are super wealthy and don't mind spending, then this Million Dollar Lure will surely have you hooked! The million dollar lure is crafted in just over 3lbs of gold and platinum, and is encrusted with 100 carats of diamonds and rubies. This amazing fishing lure is crafted by Mac Daddy, and is over 12 inches in length - and it carries a price tag to match its name, yours for 1 million dollars!

Friday, 21 December 2012

Tying a Trout Finn Variant (Traditional Wet Fly) with Davie McPhail

Davie ties a Trout Finn Variant, a handsome and effective wet fly sporting an attractive married feather wing. As well as showing you how to tie the fly, Davie also guides you through how to select and marry the feathers for the wings, an often daunting task to many.
Materials Used;
Hook: Kamasan B175 size 10
Thread: Uni-8/0 Black
Tail: Golden Pheasant Crest dyed Sunburst and Golden Pheasant Tippet dyed Hot Orange
Butt: Peacock Herl Dyed Black
Rib: Uni French Oval Tinsel Gold
Body: Uni Floss Black
Body Hackle: Metz Hen Cream (dyed Sunburst by Davie)
Front Hackle: Metz Hen Dyed Black
Wing: Goose Shoulder White and Dyed Yellow, Orange and Black

Davies preferred type of whip finish tool can be found HERE!

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!

Savage Gear 2013 Catalogue - Now Online!

The new Savage Gear 2013 catalogue is now available to view here. The new range is packed with amazing gear from, and the quality of the products as well as useful info on how to use it and awesome pictures of SG pro team catches will blow you away. Among the many new products you will find an array of new clothing, rods, and tons of new innovative lures such as the Real Eel, 3D Herring Shad, and the mini Soft 4Play's! As usual you can buy the full range direct from Glasgow Angling Centre but if you don't see what you want online or in the shop give us a call or email and we can soon get it for you!
Click the image to see the catalogue!
The catalogue will be available in print form instore very soon, or you can find the online version HERE. Also check out the official SG Facebook site http://www.facebook.com/savagegear

Dougies Articulated Pike Streamer

Pike fly supremo and and all round fly angler, Dougie Loughridge, shared this BIG Pike Streamer pattern and shows us how to tie one in this neat step-by-step! This fly uses the Fish Skull Articulated Shanks from Flymen and you can find the full range of Flymen products on our website HERE!

Materials (available from Glasgow Angling Centre)

Hook: Partridge Universal Predator X 2/0
Thread: UTC 140 fluo white
Tail: Veniards White Bucktail, white Icelandic Sheep, Metz Magnum Cream saddle hackles
Flash: Pearl Krystal Flash
Rear body: Veniards Tri-lobal Holographic medium silver, Veniards white Schlappen, Chartreuse and White Marabou.
Front body section: Fish Skull Articulated shank 35mm
Eyes: Funky Lightweight Dumbells 10mm in 'rockfish' colour.
Head: Veniards Pike Brush, red.
Glue: Zap a Gap
UV Resin: Bug-Bond.
Step 1
Tie in a bunch of white Bucktail after removing any underfur and short fibres. Coat with Bug-Bond to stiffen (helps prevent fouling). Next tie in white icelandic sheep (again, remember to remove underfur) taking care to distribute around the shank. Add two strands of pearl Krystal flash each side and top off with 2 cream white saddle hackles.
Step 2
Catch in a white Schlappen feather by the tip followed by the Trilobal Yarn. Wind the Trilobal forward in touching turns, stroking fibers back as you progress, then palmer the Schlappen feather forward and tie down (you can overwrap this with wire for extra security if you wish).

Step 3
Cut a generous clump of white Bucktail and reverse tie in. Touch the thread wraps with glue before pushing back (a cut section of biro pen is good for this).

Step 4
In front of the Bucktail, catch in a white Marabou feather by the tip and wind forward, following this with a chartreuse green. Again, you can wind some fine silver wire through this if you want added protection from the Pikes teeth. Form a small, neat head and coat with Bug-Bond.

Step 5
Taking your Fish Skull 35mm Articulated Shank, slip the rear section of the fly on before securing back in the vise.
Step 6
Close the shank eye up tightly with your thread, coating in Zap a Gap. At this point tie in a generous clump of white Marabou, covering the articulation point. Tie in 2 reverse ties of white Bucktail. Tie in a grizzle hackle on each side of the fly, it should go back about 2/3 length of the fly. Tie in a few more strands of Krystal Flash and 2 cream white saddle hackles at the 10 o'clock and 2 o'clock positions. Ensure you coat the tie in points with Zap a Gap or Bug-Bond.
Step 7
Catch in another white marabou feather by the tip then tie in the dumbell eyes with fig8 wraps and glue. Wind the marabou through the eyes and catch in.
Step 8
Tie in a small clump of chartreuse Marabou on the underside then catch in the red Pike Brush.

Step 9
Wind the Pike Brush through the eyes, stroking back the fibres and trying not to trap too much down. Tie in securely and glue. Using a piece of velco, pick the Pike Brush out to form a nice head. Whip finish the thread, colour it with a red marker and finish with Bug-Bond.

The finished Articulated Pike Streamer.

Fish the completed fly on at least a #9 weight rod, with a proper Pike taper line such as the Guideline Pike lines and use a balanced leader set up tipped with a section of wire (like Surflon Micro) to prevent bite offs! Try a vareity of retrieves from almost static to long steady strips and be prepared for takes right under the rod tip! Always carry forceps, an unhooking mat and of course your camera! Tight lines!

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Deal of the Week - Ron Thompson Argon Fly Vest

Deal of the week is a Ron Thompson Argon Fly Vest - RRP £34.99, now only £15.00!
Ends 27/12/2012
If you don't like lugging a lot of gear around in a fishing bag, the Argon Fly Vest is ideal.  With its many features, and multiple pocket system, it's perfect for carrying all your essential fly fishing gear e.g. tippet material, flies and fly box, nippers, spare spool and much more.  Grab yours today and save loads!
Click here to buy...

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Tying a Grey & Red Spider (Dry Fly) with Davie McPhail

Davie ties a Grey and Red Spider, an extremely effective all-round dry fly that generally imitates a range of dark duns and other flies. Tied here with spent-style wings, the Grey and Red makes a big footprint in the film, and is just as effective on the river as on stillwater.
Materials Used;
Hook: Kamasan B170 Size 14
Thread: Uni Black 8/0
Tail: Natural Red Game Indian Cock and Coq de Leon Hen Fibres
Rib: Small Silver Uni Wire
Body: Uni Black 8/0
Hackles: Natural Red Game Indian Cock and Coq de Leon Hen Fibres

Davies preferred type of whip finish tool can be found HERE!

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 December Entry - Dove Grayling!

Kevin Harrison with a nice Grayling caught from the River Dove in freezing conditions on a home tied Red Hook Nymph!
A nice winter Grayling!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the December 2012 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 any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Glasgow Angling Centre and not to Facebook.


Fish of the Month December Entry - Tuna on the Fly!!

GAC regular, John Nevin, with a fly caught Yellowfin Tuna estimated at 130lb caught 30 miles offshore near Cape Town - one of 33 caught that day using a #14 weight Orvis fly rod and 50lb tippet!
John with a fly caught Yellowfin!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the December 2012 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 any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Glasgow Angling Centre and not to Facebook.

Fish of the Month December Entry - PB Pollack!

Alan Rule caught this nice Pollack while spinning Sandeels from the shore - a new PB for him!
A cracking Pollack for Alan!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the December 2012 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 any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Glasgow Angling Centre and not to Facebook.


Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Fish of the Month December Entry - Mulgrave Cod!

John Dixon was fishing near Port Mulgrave using a Pulley Rig baited with Squid and Crab Cart when he landed this cracking Cod thought to be one of the biggest caught in the area for a number of years!
A nice shore caught Cod for John!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the December 2012 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 any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Glasgow Angling Centre and not to Facebook.


Saturday, 15 December 2012

Savage Gear 3D Herring Shads - In Stock NOW!

At Glasgow Angling Centre, we just can't stop getting excited about Savage Gear Lures and judging by our customer's success rates, its no surprise they are one of our best sellers.  Countless specimen predators have fallen prey to their enticing profile, superb colours and realistic swimming action.

Savage Gear Lures Catch - Simple as that!
So when Savage Gear announce the arrival of a new lure to the market, it causes even greater excitement and anticipation.  That's exactly what's been happening with Savage Gear 3D Herring Shad Loose Body.

It's been produced using 3D scanning technology to create the perfect lure in both appearance and action.  The process involves scanning a real fish in detail and combining the results with geometrical shapes creating a lure that resembles and behaves like the real thing in the water.
The Design Process
When news got out, the demand was huge and we got bombarded with emails and calls from customers asking when they would be in!  So at long last the first stocks have arrived and we can start addressing the demand.




They are available in various sizes and colours and are perfect for Pike, Zander and other big Predatory fish.  During the development phase, the guys at Savage Gear had some awesome action, including this superb Pike from Andreas Bodden Abentuer:

Cracking Pike on the 3D Herring Shad

In terms of fishing the lure, it comes with a matching ball jig hook and stinger treble and can be rigged in a variety of ways.  It's designed to swim with a great side flash and rocking motion which is highly enticing so you better keep a tight line!  We suggest fishing them with a sink and draw technique, however they also receive a fair battering on a steady retrieve.  Others have suggested putting a bit of action into them and if so you better hold tight and wait for the fright!!
Another Cracker on the 3D Shad
The action in the water is simply tremendous and it's no wonder fish want to grab them:



So if you want to get your hands on the Savage Gear 3D Herring Shad, with it's truly innovative design using the the most modern technology, you better 'grab' yours today and experience the action yourself.
Click here to buy...

Thursday, 13 December 2012

A Reel Surprise - Hardy Jubilee Reels Found!

The whole world thought they were sold out, but two of these amazing reels have turned up and Glasgow Angling Centre have managed to get their hands on them! If you were one of the many disappointed customers who missed out on these exclusive Hardy Perfect Diamond Jubilee reels first time round, then we have your very last chance for you to own one from new! These have been changing hands for as much as 1K MORE than the original selling price, but we will be keeping the price as it was for the last two reels!

The first two customers to call Alex our Mail Order Manager on 0141 331 6330 with payment details will get to own a piece of fishing history - STRICTLY FIRST COME FIRST SERVED!
A last chance Jubilee!

Fish of the Month December Entry - Erne Pike!

Atholl Gow with his first double figure Pike from Lough Erne, Co Fermanagh.
Atholl's first double!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the December 2012 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 any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Glasgow Angling Centre and not to Facebook.


Deal of the Week - Stillwater Handwarmer & Free Fuel Sticks

Deal of the week is a Stillwater Charcoal Handwarmer with 12 Free Fuel Sticks - RRP £8.98, now only £4.00!
Ends 20/12/2012
With the freezing weather conditions we've been having lately, keeping warm is a must,  especially when out fishing. We are all too aware of the feeling of numb hands and the inability to even tie a hook on.  However this Stillwater Handwarmer will keep your hands nice and warm.  Just light a fuel stick, pop it into the warmer and enjoy the warmth.
Grab yours today for only £4.00 and don't forget to claim your FREE Charcoal Fuel Sticks!

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Fish of the Month December Entry - Ken Pike!

Stuart Benson with a big Pike caught after an early start! A popped up Bluey tail to avoid baits being constantly stripped by Crayfish, fished on a simple rig produced this new PB a day before his birthday as an early present!
Stuart with a cracking Pike!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the December 2012 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 any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Glasgow Angling Centre and not to Facebook.

Friday, 7 December 2012

Fish of the Month December Entry - Junior Pike!

Young Marc Mason, a junior member of PAAS, beat his PB with this superb Pike caught float fishing mid depth in 20ft of water with a Mini Mackerel from Baitbox. He has asked now Santa for a thirty before February 2013!
Marc and his big Pike!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the December 2012 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 any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Glasgow Angling Centre and not to Facebook.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

GAC's 12 Deals of Christmas!

After the success of last years festive deals promotion we will once again be slashing prices on some of the gear that we think will make great gifts this Christmas 2012!

12 Deals of Christmas 2012 - don't miss it!
‎We like to keep it simple; 12 days, 12 deals, and some amazing bargains to be had in the run up to Christmas! Every day from the 7th to the 18th of December we will launch an amazing offer that will run until Christmas Eve - simply subscribe to our newsletters to get the deals straight to your inbox or watch our Facebook and Twitter feeds to get the deal of the day, and remember folks, please don't leave it to the last minute and get your orders in as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!

To check the last date for Christmas delivery in your area CLICK HERE or contact us by email - please check back regularly as the dates will be reviewed on a daily basis!

Stuck for what to buy your favourite angler? Check out our range of Gift Vouchers and E-Vouchers HERE!

Check out our Christmas Gifts section HERE for some great ideas to suit any budget!

Our Christmas and New Year store opening hours can be found HERE!

To subscribe to our newsletter and be kept up to date with new products and promotions CLICK HERE!

Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for even more updates and cool stuff and don't forget, we are a REAL tackle shop with a 30,000sqft store in Glasgow that you can visit in person!

All offers are available instore and online on a first come first served basis and while stocks last. Please check the website for the latest order date for guaranteed Christmas delivery!

Deal of the Week - Stillwater Deluxe Fishing Pliers!

Deal of the week is a pair of Stillwater 6 Inch Deluxe Fishing Pliers, complete with sheath,  RRP £39.99, now only £15.00!
Ends 13/12/2012
These pliers from Stillwater are designed for both fresh and saltwater fishing applications.  Their durability means they can be used for everything from cutting lines, wire, making traces and dislodging hooks. Grab yours today and benefit from these fantastic savings!
Click here to buy...

Fish of the Month December Entry - Salcombe Conger!

Mark Robinson with a nice Conger caught off Salcombe while on the charter boat Anglo Dawn III.
A good size Conger for Mark!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the December 2012 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 any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Glasgow Angling Centre and not to Facebook.


Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Fish of the Month December Entry - Winter Carp!

Franklin Clayson with a nice Carp caught from his local lake fishing around 60 yards out over a bed of boilies!
A good winter fish!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the December 2012 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 any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Glasgow Angling Centre and not to Facebook.


Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Fish of the Month December Entry - Northern Pike!

John Roxburgh with a big Pike taken on a popped up Mackerel bait from a northern loch!
A cracking Scottish Pike!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the December 2012 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 any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Glasgow Angling Centre and not to Facebook.


Fish of the Month December Entry - Gravel Carp!

Young Bradley Gibson caught this nice Carp fishing along a gravel strip at a Northampton venue!
A nice Carp for Bradley!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the December 2012 gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button!

If you would like to enter our FOTMcompetition 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 any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Glasgow Angling Centre and not to Facebook.


Fishing Gifts from GAC this Christmas!

Christmas Fishing Gifts at Glasgow Angling Centre
If you are looking for the perfect fishing or shooting gift for your family, friends and loved ones this year, our store and website both have a fantastic selection of fishing tackle and Fishing Christmas Gifts. We have even specially selected a range of products that are guaranteed to make any angler happy this Christmas which you can see HERE!

For the fly angler, why not consider one of our fly tying kits and let them see how satisfying it is to catch a fish on a self tied fly. Our vast selection of fishing books and dvd's make ideal fishing gifts, giving you loads of tips and information to help you improve your skills and tactics. And for the coarse, sea or predator angler check out our great selection of clothing, luggage, fishing rods, fishing reels, nets and novelty gift ideas for any specific type of fishing style.

Alternatively, if you just can't decide, gift vouchers and E-vouchers for our store and website make an ideal gift. So shop at Glasgow Angling Centre's this year and see why we are number one for fishing tackle at Christmas!

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Fish of the Month December Entry - More Pike!

Colin McArthur with a nice Pike from an Ayrshire loch, caught on a Roach deadbait legered on the bottom!
A cracking Ayrshire Pike!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the December 2012 gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button!

If you would like to enter our FOTMcompetition 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 any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Glasgow Angling Centre and not to Facebook.



Fish of the Month December Entry - Savage Pike!

Darren Steele was having no luck on deadbaits at his local reservoir so he set up an 8ft spinning rod with a Savage Gear 4play and soon landed this cracking Pike, a new PB and his biggest lure caught Pike!
Awesome lure caught Pike!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the December 2012 gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button!

If you would like to enter our FOTMcompetition 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 any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Glasgow Angling Centre and not to Facebook.



Fish of the Month December Entry - Ayrshire Pike!

Richard Hedges caught this nice Pike on a deadbait from a loch in Ayr!
Richard looks very happy with this fish!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the December 2012 gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button!

If you would like to enter our FOTMcompetition 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 any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Glasgow Angling Centre and not to Facebook.



Fish of the Month December Entry - PB Pike!

Shaun Couper was on a recent club outing when he caught his new personal best Pike on a float fished Sardine deadbait!
Shaun's new PB Pike!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the December 2012 gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button!

If you would like to enter our FOTMcompetition 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 any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Glasgow Angling Centre and not to Facebook.



Fish of the Month December Entry - Awe Pike!

Daniel Muir caught this big Pike from Loch Awe on a Joey Mackerel fished on the bottom. The fish put up a great fight, making 5 or 6 powerful runs and was safely released after a quick picture!

Daniel with a big Awe Pike!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the December 2012 gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button!

If you would like to enter our FOTMcompetition 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 any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Glasgow Angling Centre and not to Facebook.


Saturday, 1 December 2012

Brady is back instore at GAC!

It is with great pleasure that Glasgow Angling Centre welcomes back to our range one of the most enduring brands in the fishing and shooting industry - Brady Bags! All of the original staff from PD Fishing Tackle and the early days of the GAC have fond memories of selling and owning these classic bags, many of which were handed down through families and friends, and a quick tally up revealed that most of us still possessed at least one Brady product, with one staff member owning up to having nine items, between gun slips, fishing bags, game bags and accessories!
The classic and best selling Brady Ariel Trout Bag
In recent years we have noticed an increase in demand for equipment that reminds us of the past, and sales of classically styled fishing bags such as the Hardy bags have rocketed. It made sense then for us to bring back into stock the most famous brand in fishing bags and it is great to see some familiar names back on the shelves again - the Ariel Trout Bag, the Dart and the Gelderburn, and of course the popular Brady game bags, cartridge bags and belts, and gun cases add a touch of class to the Glasgow Field Sports gunroom as well.
The Sandringham Game Bag by Brady
Some of our younger customers might be asking, who are Brady Bags? The Brady brothers, John and Albert, started their company in Birmingham in 1887 making leather gun cases. Over the years their range expanded to include fishing and game bags and Brady became world renowned as makers of the finest quality sporting leather goods.
Brady made it's name with top quality gun cases like this No.606
Even today, Brady are proud to maintain the traditions, values and standards established more than a century ago. Brady bags continue to be hand-made in Walsall, from best quality canvas, brass components and English bridle leather. Many of the styles first introduced in the 1930s and 1940s are still made to original patterns and remain some of the most popular Brady styles. Here is a short history of the company, written by Helen Brady, the daughter of Ernest Brady.

1880s
The first Brady brothers were John and Albert who in about 1887 started making leather gun cases in Price Street, Birmingham for 12/6 each, about 75p in today’s money!

1920s
Eventually John’s son Ernest and Albert’s son Leonard, worked in the business. In 1923 John died aged 55 and Ernest left the business. For several years Ernest worked elsewhere, including a job making the trunks that went on the backs of motor cars. Then, in 1928, with £500 that his father had left him and £100 borrowed from an aunt, he began in business on his own with his uncle Frank Brady travelling for the business.

1930s
Eventually Ernest and Leonard moved to larger premises in Shadwell Street in Birmingham’s gun quarter. It was there Ernest first designed and made game bags, and a large selection of sporting accessories, but most particularly he designed and personally made a range of fishing bags all named after English rivers.

The Brady Severn has a massive following even among non anglers!
These bags were to become the mainstay of the company and the source of its prosperity and fame in future years. Hand-made Brady gun cases were also greatly prized throughout the world, particularly by those who had Purdey guns. Oak and leather gun cases were made for movie and theatrical celebrities and royalty, including the Sultan of Oman and the Duke of Westminster.

1940s
Just before the 1939-45 war broke out Ernest took his younger brother Philip, a redundant car salesman, into the business. During the war Ernest was forced to move the business into his house, with the help of one stitcher and one part-time machinist. Both ladies, incidentally had worked for John and Albert, and went on to complete over 50 years with Brady Brothers.

It was a blessing that Ernest had an understanding wife who was willing to have her household disrupted with workers and business callers at the door and on the telephone. My mother contributed a great deal to the welfare of the business in the war years, for these were lean and difficult days. Our house was bombed and so was Birmingham very extensively. The city was going to have to be reconstructed and Shadwell Street was to be demolished, so Ernest decided to start up in business again by moving in 1946 to Halesowen, a small and ancient town, once a nail-making centre and part of the industrial Black Country, yet close to beautiful countryside. It was vital at this time that new outlets should be found for all our products.

With this in mind my parents and I went to London for a month in a caravan Ernest had built a year or two before, and every day my father went into London with a large wheeled truck he had constructed, loaded with samples of all the things that Brady Brothers made. He called at all the big stores and as many small fishing and gun makers shops he could find, showing them his goods and taking many orders. This undertaking caused quite a stir and not a little amusement and was often referred to by our customers during the passing years.

1950s
As a girl I well remember going into work one day in the 1950’s and finding the hallway full of what looked like a lot of broken-down cases and in some instances blood-stained game and fishing bags. Thinking they were all rubbish and that I should be deputed to put them in the dustbin, I luckily made some enquiries about the matter first. I discovered that they belonged to the Duke of Westminster and his son, who had just inherited them and Brady were to repair them and suitably initial each item.

Attention to detail and made entirely in the UK!
I soon learned that sportsmen do not like anything to look new or brightly coloured and made only of natural materials.

1960s
In the next thirty years apart from recessions, Brady Brothers prospered. Our goods were exported to the USA, Japan, France, Sweden, South Africa and Italy, we also enjoyed a healthy home trade. Several Brady fishing bags became sought after fashion items, particularly the Severn. Many celebrities were photographed at airports carrying them, and news men and photographers found the bags convenient to carry their heavy equipment around.

1980s
As the years past Ernest was anxious to integrate some young people into the company to take his and Philip’s place as they both grew older. Three or four candidates came and went. In 1983 I was elected as a director of the company in the hope that along with two other working directors the business could continue after Ernest and Philip’s departure, principally to ensure the jobs of those in the company, many of whom, had been with us for up to thirty years and more. Ernest died soon afterwards.

1990s
The company continued under Philip’s management until 1993 when Mr Michael Goold of Goold Holdings, Walsall came along and purchased the business. Goold Holdings had already acquired Jeffries Saddlery together with the Falcon, Eldonian and Wembley brands and Brady complemented the existing business.


2000s
Brady moved their manufacturing operations from Halesowen and integrated production with Jeffries Saddlery, using the skills synonymous with the leather industry based in Walsall. Lesley Taylor joined the company in 2002, having spent the previous five years with Mulberry. Lesley introduced new bags into the range and found that the quality values of Brady bags appealled to a much wider audience.
The finest shooting accessories by Brady
As in the 1930’s, Brady bags are still renowned for their quality and craftsmanship and continues to have solid foundations with the fishing, hunting and shooting sectors which use their traditional game bags, cartridge bags and gun covers. Brady also export to North America and Europe and has a large market in Japan where Brady bags are mostly used as a fashion item.

The Full range of UK made Brady fishing, sporting and lifestyle bags and accessories is available to buy from Glasgow Angling Centre and Glasgow Field Sports, both online and instore - CLICK HERE TO SEE THE RANGE!

Tying the Hugh Falkus Medicine with Davie McPhail

Davie ties the Medicine, one of the all time classic Sea Trout flies, developed by Sea Trout expert Hugh Falkus. Falkus described it as "the best all-round sea trout fly I have come across. A general purpose fly, it is good both at night in clear water and during the day when the river is in spate and coloured."
Materials Used;
Hook - Kamasan B180 Low Water Single size 6
Thread - Uni Red 8/0
Body - Silver Tinsel
Hackle - Dyed Blue Indian Hen
Wing - Bronze Mallard Shoulder
Head - Glo-Brite Floss No.4 Red
Davies preferred type of whip finish tool can be found HERE!

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!

November 2012 FOTM Winners!

The winner of this November's Fish of the Month Competition is John Dysart with this picture of a cracking Pike caught from Scottish loch on deadbait! As usual, the judging of the competition was left to our thousands of Facebook fans, who voted on their favourite pictures by hitting the Like button, and John was the clear winner with a massive 318 Likes on our Facebook Gallery!
1st Place, John Dysart - 318 Likes!
John wins £100 to spend at the Glasgow Angling Centre on fishing gear of his choice! We would like to thank everybody that took part, especially all the youngsters who continue to show us all that the future of fishing is in safe hands and all the amazing new species we see as well - you can check out all the entries here.

Every month our FOTM competition gets bigger and better with amazing pictures of many different fish species from around the world being sent in by our customers and as we now get so many great entries we have decided to give a GAC Cap to the entrants that came in 2nd and 3rd place as well, so here are the runners up,  Marc Lloyd and Jamie Strachan, both with late season Salmon, who you can see below - well done guys!
2nd Place, Marc Lloyd - 236 Likes!
2nd Place, Jamie Strachan - 192 Likes!
If you would like to enter our December 2012 FOTM competition simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used HERE. You can also enter instore - just ask a member of staff for assistance. The winner will be chosen by our customers, simply by hitting Like on the image on Facebook in the entries album and will be announced on the last day of each month. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page. Good luck and we look forward to seeing the entries.

Submit your entry here... 

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!