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Sunday, 22 February 2015

GAC Spring Open weekend 2015 - Fly Tyers Row

Fly Tyers Row at GAC - sponsored by Veniard
The fly tying demonstrations are always one of the most popular part of our Open Weekends and the next one coming up on the 6th, 7th and 8th of March 2015 will be no different! Our new instore format will be bringing more of the countries top fly tyers, sponsored by Veniard and supported by Partridge, Guideline and Fulling Mill, making this the premier fly tying event in Scotland! All of these tyers are 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 our massive fly tying department and help you to choose the right equipment and materials, so don't miss out and come to Scotland's biggest FREE angling event!

David Edwards
David Edwards
David  has always been fascinated by Pike fishing, 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 Bug-Bond products will be available for purchase instore. http://deesox.blogspot.com/

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

Paul Procter
Paul Procter
Best known for his prolific writing and perfectly tied flies in Trout & Salmon and Trout Fisherman, Paul is a qualified AAPGAI instructor at Masters level and is regarded by many to be one of the top fly tyers and casters in the UK. Based in Cumbria, with over 30 years fly fishing experience, Paul provides first class guiding, fly casting and fly fishing tuition to all levels and abilities and as well as offering knowledge of his home waters, he is equally experienced on rivers, stillwaters and saltwater throughout the UK and abroad. Paul also specialises in hosted trips to destinations all over the world, targeting species such as wild Brown Trout, Grayling, Bonefish, Tarpon and Permit in locations as diverse as Poland, Slovenia, Iceland, Bosnia, Mexico, New Zealand and even Scotland. http://paulprocter.blogspot.com/

Håkan Norling
Håkan Norling
Håkan Norling is a Swedish fly tying guru and the man behind the very famous "Templedog" style of tube flies for Salmon. He has been one of the biggest innovators for tube fly tying in Scandinavia and loves to fly fish Salmon and Seatrout. His favorite rivers are Alta in Norway and Em in Sweden and
reggae and punk music make him smile while his driving up and down the roads in Norway and Sweden where he works for top Scandinavian fly fishing brand Guideline! http://www.guideline.no

Paul Little
Paul Little
Paul's passion is for dressing salmon flies, especially the classics. He enjoys dressing the grubs, Spey flies and those flies that most people have forgotten but he still ties a mean Blae and Black and enjoys tying saltwater patterns too. In recent years he has given both salmon and trout fly workshops in the US and the UK and enjoys the experience very much. The important thing to Paul is mastering the basic techniques and having done so, to disseminate those skills for the benefit of other Fly dressers. http://paullittleflydresser.wordpress.com/

Allan Liddle
Allan Liddle
Based in Morayshire Scotland, GAIA qualified Trout instructor Allan Liddle has been a regular contributor to Fly Fishing and Fly Tying Magazine since 2001. Allan specialises in wild Trout from wild places throughout the scottish mainland and the outer isles in both running and still water and is equally as happy on the largest rivers and lochs, through to the smallest streams and lochans. Although he enjoys all forms of fly fishing, Allan has a special passion for fishing dries, claiming 'The anticipation and visual thrill of the take is by far the most exciting and satisfying aspect of the sport.'


Ian Mckenzie
Ian McKenzie
Ian Mckenzie retired from the position of Technical Manager at Fulling Mill after 17 years at the end of 2010.  His position involved developing new patterns, turning people’s ideas into commercial propositions, sourcing all necessary materials & hooks, tying samples, and maintaining quality standards. Since his retirement he has continued tying flies for personal customers and has even found time to tie some for himself. An enthusiastic fisherman since the age of 10, living close to and fishing the Thames but graduating to fly fishing for Trout at Weirwood Reservoir in Sussex at 18, and subsequently fishing around the UK for trout, salmon, and Grayling, Ian has been tying his own flies for the last 40 years. Recently he has also taken to fishing for Carp on the fly – great fun! Ian looks forward to meeting many tyers at the show and will be happy to spend time with anybody who has specific problems and needs a hand.

Darryl Mooney
Darryl Mooney
Darryl is the UK and Ireland Sales Director for Partridge of Redditch and has been tying for over 36 years. He grew up fishing for wild brownies on his local River Lagan in Northern Ireland and this remains his passion to this day. A committed advocate of catch and release, he has a particular interest in all aspects of Euro Nymphing and will be demonstrating tying Woven Czech Nymphs on Friday and as well as being on hand to offer advice on the range of Partridge Hooks on all three days.  http://www.partridge-of-redditch.co.uk/

Craig McDonald
Craig McDonald
Craig is a well known face on the Scottish river fly fishing scene and is a dab hand at tempting wild Brownies from stillwaters too! Demand for his flies, including the deadly 'Duracell' pattern, has been growing in the last few years, so much so that he is now a consultant with top fly supplier Fulling Mill - putting his flies in the hands of even more anglers and accounting for many Trout and Grayling up and down the country and even in the rivers of Europe! This will be Craigs first time tying at one of our events and we are sure you will all give him a warm welcome!

Dave Downie
Dave Downie
Dave Downie is a well known Scottish competition angler and has fished for his country many times in both the rivers and the loch teams at home and abroad. After many successful years in the scene with many competition wins under his belt he now ties flies, produces fly tying materials and guides clients all over Europe. http://www.davedowniefishing.com/


Check out our fly tying schedule, so you can plan your visit and catch the tyers you want to see over the three days - plan ahead and don't miss your favourites!

There really is something for everyone at these events, that's why they are the biggest in Scotland - and this one promises to be the biggest ever! With FREE parking and FREE entry, there will be loads of things to see and do on the Open Weekend dates as well as some amazing bargains on all types of fishing tackle. Keep an eye out on FacebookTwitter and instore for more info on what's going on at this event! Plus don't forget to register for your FREE GIFT on the day! Click HERE for details!

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