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Thursday, 22 February 2018

GAC Spring Open Weekend 2018 - Fly Tyers Row now Confirmed!


One of the biggest attractions at our Open Weekends is the FREE fly tying demonstrations, and our next one coming up March the 2nd, 3rd and 4th will be no different! Our improved instore format will be bringing you the best line up of UK fly tyers ever hosted in Scotland, sponsored as always by Veniard and supported by Partridge of Redditch and Fulling Mill - making the GAC Open Weekend Event 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, plus you can take advantage of some great deals on hooks and materials as well as a few new product launches over the weekend, so don't miss out and come to Scotland's biggest FREE angling event!

Plus we will be running have a go fly tying sessions with John Hood from Get Hooked on Fishing so kids and grown ups alike can try their hand at tying their own flies for the first time - just ask instore!

Davie McPhail
Davie McPhail
Classed as one of the very best tyers in Europe and a GAC favourite, Davie McPhail has been tying flies since 1982 and has more recently become a YouTube sensation with millions of hits. He will be instore giving help and advice to solve all your fly tying problems. Davie will be tying instore on Saturday the 4th of March 2017, covering patterns of all styles and types! Check out his YouTube Channel here -  http://www.youtube.com/user/DavieMcPhail


Paul Procter
Paul Procter
Best known for his prolific writing and perfectly tied flies in Trout and 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 & 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 and New Zealand. http://paulprocter.blogspot.com/

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/


Matthew Pate
Matthew Pate
Matthew Pate has been fishing in the small waters and rivers of Wales since the age of eleven. He has also tied flies from the very beginning too. Being a self-taught fly tyer and a quick learner, tying flies became a massive part of his hobby and it quickly turned into an addiction, just as important as the fishing itself. In 2014 he gained his first welsh cap in the small Still Water International, which was one of his greatest honours. In close second was coaching the 2015 Team in their match in Ireland. Smallwater fishing is his passion. He learnt my trade on my club water which is just ten minutes from his home (Llyn Fawr) and this is where he spends most of his time fishing but he also fishes rivers and big waters regularly to keep things fresh. Mathew doesn't really have a specific type of fly that he likes to tie but he does cover a lot in his tying style, everything from big gory lures to little delicate dry flies, but given the choice his favourite type of fly to tie would be Nymph patterns.


Paul Clydesdale
Paul Clydesdale
Living in Kilwinning, North Ayrshire Paul started fly fishing at the age of 11, tying his first flies almost as soon as he picked up his fly rod. The obsession began with rainbow trout fishing then progressed on to fly fishing for salmon on the spate rivers around Ayrshire. As the obsession grew so did the species and the destinations, Bonefish fishing in Mexico, Hawaii, Christmas Island and the Bahamas to fly fishing for wild brown trout and Pollock in the north of Scotland. These days most off his time is now spent chasing pike on the fly. Enjoying all aspects of fly fishing for pike from fishing the huge wild waters of Scotland or walking the lengths off a Fenland drain or river, but his real passion is hunting monster pike on the southern trout reservoirs. To date, Paul's landed four pike over the magical 30lb mark on the fly, the biggest being 36lb in weight. The obsession with pike has lead him to designing a whole series of flies that are fit for purpose. He has also been a long standing member of the pike fly fishing association, this has seen him hold the role off Scotland RO and most recently take on the position as chairman. Pike fly fishing is a huge part of his life and he now find himself travelling further afield to satisfy the pike needs. The northern pike of Canada are firmly set in his sights. Paul is very excited about working along side such a well established company as Fulling Mill and looks forward to passing on his pike fly fishing knowledge. The first pike flies that will be available are his GO TO patterns that has landed himself and friends many large pike. www.pffa.co.uk


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 and 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.


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 his 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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