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Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Glasgow Angling Centre Open Weekend Exceeds All Expectations

Another Glasgow Angling Centre September Open Weekend has come and gone, and yet again, anglers flocked to our massive 30,000 sq ft store to meet the biggest names in fishing and to grab a bargain from our huge selection of special deals. It's undoubtedly the biggest free fishing show in the UK and continues to exceed everyone's expectations.
GAC Open Weekend in Full Flow
September's Open Weekend was a fishing extravaganza where anglers from all over the UK came to meet the likes of Paul Young, Ian Gordon, Mike Thrussell, Hywel Morgan, Steve Souter, Paul Little, Scott MacKenzie and Stevie Munn - to name but a few!  Judging by the fantastic foot-fall and excellent feedback we received from our suppliers and customers, the weekend certainly lived up to it's reputation as the biggest and best free angling event in the UK!

Casting Tips From Hywel Morgan
Advice from Stevie Munn of Hardy/Greys
Sea Fishing Advice from Mike Thrussell
Top Sea Angler - Steve Souter
The Open Weekend is synonymous with great deals and big names but there was loads to see and do over the 3 days.   Ideas were exchanged and loads of customers utilised the opportunity to glean as much information from best in the sport.  For example RNLI Scotland Sea Safety Unit were available to offer free lifejacket checks, Angling Charity Get Hooked on Fishing were running free taster sessions for kids and SGIAC fly casting instructors were on hand to offer fly casting tips and advice. At the fly tying benches, all the latest materials, hooks and techniques were on display giving new and experienced tiers new skills to take away.

Free Fly Casting Instruction from the Experts
Free Life Jacket Safety Checks
Learning New Fly Tying Techniques
Teaching Kids to Cast
Lure Fishing Demonstrations
With outstanding deals on big brand tackle, a great line up of the biggest names in fishing, loads of great activities, product launches and a great atmosphere all-round, the appetite for this event continues to grow each year, especially with kids and families!

A Great Day out for the Family
Therefore, we'd like to thank all the staff, suppliers, charities and organisations who came along and contributed to yet another hugely successful Open Weekend that continues to live up the title of "The Biggest and Best Free Fishing Event in UK." If you attended the event, we appreciate you coming along and supporting us and look forward to serving you in the coming weeks and months ahead. If you missed out don't worry because we do it all again (on an even bigger scale) in March 2016. Tight Lines!








Thursday, 24 September 2015

Loop Evotec Fly Rods Half Price

The Loop Evotec Fly Rod Range is manufactured with the latest 'Cross Wave' technology and has a precise and balanced action.  These rods have minimum recovery vibration and allow the caster to vary tempo without a problem, as well as turn out crisper, tighter loops.
The handle features blended cork and epoxy that provides ultimate grip in all situations and is available in either X-Grip or traditional round handle.

The Evotec is a superb rod and offers anglers significant improvements in tracking and cast consistency, ultimately helping you cast further and deliver great loops with minimal effort.  You can now get your hands on this excellent rod for HALF PRICE.  Choose from the Evotec Double Hand Salmon Rod, X-Grip or Corkmix.




Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Kids Try Fishing For FREE at the GAC Autumn Open Weekend Event 2015!

Would you like your kids to try fishing but not sure where to start? Then book in for a taster session with our Get Hooked on Fishing coaches and find out more about this amazing sport. Glasgow Angling Centre, GHOF and SFCA have teamed up to offer one on one coaching for kids on the Forth and Clyde Canal, just 2 minutes walk from the GAC at Applecross Basin, on the 26th and 27th of September 2015 as part of the GAC Open Weekend Event - Scotland's largest FREE angling event!
Free taster sessions for kids with GHOF Angling Coaches!
Learn how to catch Roach, Perch and many other species using simple tackle and techniques and learn about waterside safety and fish welfare from qualified angling coaches. Each session is suitable for under 18's and places are very limited so pre booking is recommended, all fishing equipment will be provided but suitable clothing should be worn - please wrap up warmly! Book now or find out more by ringing Heather Lauriston on 07544 066974 or visit the GHOF stand at the GAC Open Weekend between 10am and 3pm to sign up for your FREE SFCA annual membership and book your coaching session! Qualified angling coaches will be on hand all weekend to answer all of your coarse fishing questions so don't be shy and come down to meet them!
Kids can learn to fish safely and for FREE!
Get Hooked on Fishing is an angling programme which helps provide positive opportunities for young people and communities. They deliver fun and interactive training around the sport of angling and their programme is especially designed with the help of young people to give the participants more confidence and to demonstrate that there are alternative pathways and better opportunities available to them. For more information check out the GHOF website! www.ghof.org.uk
There really is something for everyone at these events, that's why they are the biggest in Scotland - and this one promises to be the biggest ever! With FREE parking and FREE entry, there will be loads of things to see and do on the Open Weekend dates as well as some amazing bargains on all types of fishing tackle. Keep an eye out on FacebookTwitter and instore for more info on what's going on at this event! Plus don't forget to register for your FREE GIFT on the day! Click HERE for details!

GAC Reward Card Members Only Pre-Sale - Thursday 24th of September 2015!

As a special thank-you to all our loyal shop customers who joined our rewards Reward Card Scheme, we will be once again offering all of our September Open Weekend deals early to GAC Reward Card holders!
Join the many 1000's already reaping the rewards!
From 5.30pm until 9pm on Thursday the 24th of September GAC Reward Card holders who come to the store will beat the crowds and still qualify for all of our amazing deals and offers that we were keeping for the weekend! Even if you haven't received your card in the post yet, simply show a staff member a recent receipt with your unique barcode on it, and they can quickly verify your membership so you can qualify for all the deals!

Over 37,000 customers are already benefiting from the scheme by earning points every time they shop with us that soon add up to money off future tackle purchases!

Don't have a Reward Card yet? You still have time to sign up, just ask any member of staff instore or apply online HERE! Beat the crowds and still benefit from the Spring Open Weekend deals, plus you never know what angling celebrities just might be hanging around, setting up for this weekends big event!

Just a tiny selection of the 100's of deals we have on offer - Click to Enlarge!
See below for just a few of the hundreds of offers we will be giving Reward Card holders exclusive early access to from 5.30pm until 9pm on Thursday the 24th of September, and of course these offers will be available to all of our customers instore on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Open Weekend Event, along with demonstrations, tuition and previews of this years up and coming products from all the big suppliers in what has become the UK's largest FREE angling event!

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!

See the RNLI Roadshow at the GAC!

The RNLI Safety Roadshow have confirmed they will attend our next Open Weekend Event on the 25th, 26th and 27th of September 2015!
The RNLI Safety Roadshow is coming to GAC!
Glasgow Angling Centre have been proud supporters of the RNLI for many years and we have even won fundraising awards for our efforts! The purpose of the road show is to increase awareness of safety on and around water during any activity and with the recent tragic loss of some anglers in this country we want to do all we can to prevent these accidents happening in the future.
Get your lifejackets checked for FREE!
In addition to general safety advice the RNLI will run a lifejacket clinic where anglers can bring their life jackets to be checked and where they can receive advice and instruction on the correct use and maintenance of life jackets. A particularly important focus is on the automatic inflation type of jacket, the most common type used among recreational anglers in Europe. Please make sure you pay them a visit while you are at our event - you never know when you might need the help of the RNLI!
Auto-inflate lifejackets are preferred by anglers
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!

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Hardy Distance Casting Event at the GAC Autumn Open Weekend 2015!

Here at Glasgow Angling Centre, we will once again be hosting our very popular distance fly casting competition at our next Open Weekend on the 25th, 26th and 27th of September 2015. As always this event will be sponsored by Hardy, and they will be putting up some great prizes!
Cast big and win at GAC!
To enter this competition simply fill out a form with a Hardy/Greys representative to enter on the day and you will have two minutes to make as many casts as possible with the new top of the range 10ft #7 Hardy Zephrus Sintrix Fly Rod inside our casting court. Your longest cast will be verified and submitted for the competition and the customer with the longest cast on the day will win £100 worth of Hardy products of their choice!
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There will be two casting sessions per day, one at 11am and one at 3pm. Plus we will have a special junior section for under 14's with more great prizes!

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!

Monday, 21 September 2015

Fish Recreations Confirmed for GAC Open Weekend September 2015!

John always puts on an amazing display for us!
We are pleased to announce that Open Weekend favourite and top fish artist, John Edwards from Fish Recreations, will be once again attending our Open Weekend Event on the 25th, 26th, and 27th of September 2015 and following on from previous years success he will be exhibiting a new selection of his amazing works of fish art, many of which he has made specifically for our show!
A stunning Rio Grande Sea Trout
Fish replicas are growing in popularity over more traditional fish taxidermy and due to their more versatile and ornamental format, are often bought as artworks even by those who have never caught a trophy fish! Why choose a replica from Fish Recreations? There are many advantages to choosing a replica over a traditional taxidermy mount, the most obvious being that the fish is released to fight and grow another day. These days big fish are becoming harder to find, and some species are in decline with strict catch and release policies now in force on many waters worldwide.
Every individual scale is hand painted multiple times for depth
Once a mould has been taken from a dead specimen, a countless number of casts can be taken from that one mould, meaning no more fish of that size need to be taken from wild stocks. Fish replicas have been made in the USA for many many years,resulting in a huge choice of casts (blanks) to choose from. There is no ugly shrinkage or grease bleed associated with some poorly done traditional mounts, all Salmonid and salt water species are notorious for "grease bleed as their heads and bodies are packed with natural oils that are all but impossible to remove completely, If undertaken at all, skin mounts of these species in particular should ideally be built with artificial heads and adipose fins. Also there is no fungus, insect infestations, smells or other deterioration that is often associated with some traditional fish taxidermy mounts.
The eyes are hand crafted with incredible detail!
A good fish replica will be indistinguishable from a traditional fish mount, in fact it will often look even better! Replicas are also much more robust than traditional mounts, handy when life hands out knocks and bumps, and in most cases there is no need for additional expensive covers or cases (depending on type of habitat base) and pricing is often much lower compared with traditional fish taxidermy.
Hours of work goes into each replica!
John says "I have always liked making things, and since I can remember I have drawn and painted, I am self taught apart from an "old" A in 'O′ level in art at school. (That shows my age!). After years of doing commissions part time on my art work I gradually became less motivated, I needed some thing more. As a keen fisherman I happened to chance upon an American web site with someone selling Fish replicas, I was hooked! This combines model making and painting, plus most anglers practice catch and release, (apart from "edible" fish such as trout and salmon). Most species are available as part built models from the USA; these still need lots of work done on them using dermal type tools and epoxy resins etc to get them ready to paint. Then I have to construct the base or diorama. To make replicas from actual fish, rocks, plants etc I had to learn the basics of moulding and casting in numerous materials, (I am still am learning) I use numerous types of materials. For painting modern day paints are a joy to use and I use a leading brand of Acrylics, plus the appropriate mediums. The result is a model fish that should last more than a life time."
A variety of mounting options are available!
With Fish Recreations you can have your catch of a lifetime "caught" in incredible life like detail, even though your fish was returned safely to the water. Usually all that is needed from you are a few measurements, and one or two photographs of your prize before you return it to the water to enable John to match your fish species and size exactly.
Painting has started but still a long way to go!
Each commission is completely handmade and painted, and some works can take many months to complete. Time is not taken into consideration with this type of artwork. Check out the photos on their website or popular Facebook Page to see the stunning attention to detail for yourself! We also have a selection of Johns work on display instore for all our customers to see all year round should you like to view one in person!
A record Gurnard in the workshop!
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!

Sunday, 20 September 2015

GAC Open Weekend New Product Launch - Aspen Reels!

Glasgow Angling Centre Open Weekend Events are now so popular they have become the ideal launch pad for exciting new angling products, and the next one on the 25th, 26th and 27th of September 2015 will be packed with chance to see the latest gear for the first time in the UK!
First up is a brand new name in fly reels, offering superbly machined reels with impressive drag systems, completely USA built and with a lifetime warranty at a price point almost unheard before in this market! Here at Glasgow Angling Centre we are proud to exclusively offer Aspen Reels for the first time in the UK!
Built tough from the ground up, Aspen Fly Reels are designed to perform and take anything the water throws at them, time and again. At first glance you might think these reels look a little agricultural, but pick one up and you will soon see that these are well thought out pieces of engineering, a silky smooth drag mechanism at its core, a reel foot that is neatly machined as part of the frame in one piece - they even sound great as you turn the ergonomic handle!
Designed and manufactured in the USA from 6061-t6 aluminium, these reels are highly durable and utterly reliable, and boasting 4 stainless steel ball bearings for smoothness and durability paired with an Extreme-Temperature PTFE drag system for unbridled fish-stopping power. Aspen flyreels are available in two arbor sizes to suit every fly angler using line sizes from #3 to #12 for any species that swims in either fresh or salt water!
Mid Arbor Reel Features:
Designed and manufactured in the USA
4 stainless steel ball bearings for smoothness and durability
Body and spool are CNC machined out of solid 6061-t6 aluminium
Oversize Ultra-Strength Alloy 7068 main shaft and disc
Fully sealed but serviceable drag mechanism for trouble free operation
Large disc drag for powerful fish stopping action
Extreme-Temperature PTFE drag system provides low friction
Easy to use, sure grip drag control knob
Hollow main shaft cools drag heat faster than conventional solid shafts
Custom stainless steel/aluminium one-way clutch for reduced weight
May easily be changed from left to right hand retrieve
Pop-on, pop-off spool for easy cleaning and line changing
Reel foot is machined as one with reel body (no screws to come loose)
Non-glare finish on all exposed parts (great for stealth fishing)
Handle, counter balance and drag knob are inset/skirted. (no line snags)
Available in a choice of sizes, in Black, Matte Black and Silver finishes.
Built every bit as tough as its Mid Arbor brothers, with the benefit of quicker line-pick-up thanks to its large arbor profile, the Aspen Large Arbor fly reel has you covered everywhere from small streams up offshore specimen hunting.

Designed and manufactured in the USA from 6061-t6 aluminium, these reels are highly durable and utterly reliable, and boasting 4 stainless steel ball bearings for smoothness and durability paired with an Extreme-Temperature PTFE drag system for unbridled fish-stopping power and a larger arbor for faster line pickup and reduced startup drag inertia!
Large Arbor Reel Features:
Designed and manufactured in the USA
4 stainless steel ball bearings for smoothness and durability
Body and spool are CNC machined out of solid 6061-t6 aluminum
Oversize Ultra-Strength Alloy 7068 main shaft and disc
Fully sealed but serviceable drag mechanism for trouble free operation
Large disc drag for powerful fish stopping action
Extreme-Temperature PTFE drag system provides low friction
Easy to use, sure grip drag control knob
Hollow main shaft cools drag heat faster than conventional solid shafts
Custom stainless steel/aluminum one-way clutch for reduced weight
May easily be changed from left to right hand retrieve
Pop-on, pop-off spool for easy cleaning and line changing
Reel foot is machined as one with reel body (no screws to come loose)
Non-glare finish on all exposed parts (great for stealth fishing)
Handle, counter balance and drag knob are inset/skirted. (no line snags)
You can see the new Aspen Reels both instore and online HERE from this week, and we will be demonstrating the range at our Open Weekend Event on the 25th, 26th and 27th of September 2015!

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!

Seeland and Harkila confirm for the GAC Spring Open Weekend 2015!

Ever since our Glasgow Field Sports store was relocated into the main GAC superstore we have attracted a real mix of hunting and shooting customers who browse the store alongside anglers - and indeed a great many of our customers participate in both activities throughout the year!
It makes sense then for us to welcome one of the premier suppliers and manufacturers of shooting and hunting clothing and accessories to our Autumn Open Weekend Event to kick off the main shooting season! So this year we have built a huge Shop-in-Shop for Seeland and Harkila gear, who will have some amazing instore offers on clothing and accesories with fantastic savings over the 25th, 26th and 27th of September 2015, plus you can get your hands on the latest 2016 brochures from one of the UK's favourite outdoor clothing brands!
We will even have a team from the Seeland and Harkila staff, to help you choose the right gear for your chosen field sport and they will be on hand with expert knowledge of the many different products and technical materials they are made from - top materials such as Gore-Tex, Primaloft, Polartec and Vibram to name but a few! Seeland and Harkila produce clothing, footwear and accessories that are ideal for a whole host of outdoor activities from Highland deer stalking to Pigeon decoying, Pheasant shooting to just walking the dog - and of course for fishing too, so don't be shy, and ask these guys what selection would be best for you!
Can't make it to the store? Don't worry, you can now browse the entire Seeland and Harkila product ranges on the Glasgow Angling Centre website in the comfort of your own home, and our award winning mail order service will deliver everything you need right to your door!

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!

Saturday, 19 September 2015

GAC Autumn Open Weekend 2015 - Fly Tyers Row Schedule!

The fly tying demonstrations are always one of the most popular part of our Open Weekends and the next one coming up on the 25th, 26th and 27th of September 2015 will be no different! Our successful instore format will be bringing you more of the countries top fly tyers, sponsored by Veniard and supported by Partridge, making this the premier fly tying event in Scotland! All of these tyers are at the very 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 during their sceduled 'floor time', helping you to choose the right equipment and materials from our extensive range, so don't miss out and come to Scotland's biggest FREE angling event!

Paul Procter
Paul Procter
Best known for his prolific writing and perfectly tied flies in Trout and Salmon and Trout Fisherman magazines, 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/

Paul Little
Paul Little
Paul's passion is for dressing Salmon flies, especially the classics. He enjoys dressing the Grub patterns, 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/

Jim Lees
Jim Lees
Jim began fly fishing on a small tributary of the river Clyde in Scotland almost 30 years ago and started fly tying at the same time; He didn't realise he had a choice, and with no local fly shops he assumed if you wanted to fly fish you had to tie your own flies. It seemed natural to him there wouldn't be one without the other. With basic instructions from a friend his early efforts were crude to say the least but they caught some fish and launched a lifelong passion! Catch Jim on Sunday!

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!
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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!