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Sunday, 18 September 2016

GAC Autumn Open Weekend 2016 - Fly Tyers Row!

One of the most popular parts of our Open Weekends are always the fly tying demonstrations and our next one coming up on the 23rd, 24th and 25th of September 2016 will be no different! Our improved instore format will be bringing you some of the UK's top fly tyers, sponsored as always by Veniard and supported by Partridge of Redditch - making this the premier fly tying event in Scotland! All of these fly dressers are at the very top of their game and will gladly 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 scheduled 'floor time', helping you to choose the right equipment and best materials from our extensive range, so don't miss out and come to Scotland's biggest FREE angling event!

Peter Gathercole

Peter Gathercole
Peter is a photographer and writer specialising in fly fishing and fly tying. He has written articles for magazines not only in the UK but also in Germany, France, Sweden, Italy and Australia. He has also written a number of books including three on fly tying. Fly fishing is more than a passion for Peter, and through photography and writing it has become a major part of his life. It has also given him the opportunity to fish in some wonderful parts of the World. Apart from the sheer pleasure that this brings it has taught him just how important this natural environment is to us all and how vital it is to protect it.

Peter actually learned to tie flies before he could cast one. A few months later saw him on the banks of Eyebrook Reservoir where he learned to fly fish under the tutelage of a physics teacher from his Grammar School and a couple of old Scotsmen who had retired from the local steelworks. He soon became fascinated by the link between entomology and fly fishing to the extent that, in addition to the angling photography, a large part of his income came from taking photos for Oxford Scientific Films. Taking the photos for so many articles means that Peter gets to fish in a wide range of locations, giving him such a well-rounded take on all things to do with fly fishing so he can quickly adapt from casting a 12-weight for Sailfish to a four-weight toothpick for Trout! http://www.petergathercolephotography.com/


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/


George Barron
George Barron
George has fished for over fifty years. Born in Scotland, he began his fly fishing life on the River Tay before moving to Wales in the late 1970s. About thirty years ago he became involved in competition fly fishing with the highly successful Llanilar Angling Association. During the last three decades he has represented Wales in numerous International Loch Style matches, winning a team silver medal in the World Championships in Ireland and captaining the Welsh team in 2003 at the last International match ever fished on Loch Leven. He has also coached to the Welsh Senior team and was nominated as Performance Coach of the year in 2007 at the Welsh Sports Awards. If he no longer went fishing, George say’s he would be just as happy tying flies and prefers to tie in the traditional style using fur and feather in the time honoured way. He writes regular monthly articles for FF&FT magazine and Field Sport’s Quarterly. He also ties at the many fishing fairs around the UK and in Ireland in particular, where there is still a huge interest in traditional fly tying methods.


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.'


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 as well as being on hand to offer advice on the range of Partridge Hooks and Sprite Hooks on all three days.  http://www.partridge-of-redditch.co.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!

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