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Friday, 20 September 2019

Meet the Feather Bender!

Come along to our Open Weekend in September and meet the Feather Bender himself, Mr Barry Ord Clarke! Barry Ord Clarke will be signing new copies of his book and tying all weekend on the Fly Tyres Row. As an added bonus, if you buy his book at our Open Weekend, you will be entered into a prize draw to win all the flies that he ties during the event!

The Feather Bender Techniques is a fresh take on Fly Tying Books, more than just a set of ingredients and instructions by combining the information on the page with easily accessed tutorials online this is more like having Barry sitting alongside you explaining the techniques and skills as well as just the usual How-To.

The book is arranged in sections to give readers the opportunity to easily locate the pattern or technique they are looking for. Patterns are not grouped alphabetically but by technique. For example, the section on dry flies has categories demonstrating a particular dry fly style or technique such as mastering the use of deer hair, parachute, CDC, and so on.





About The Author:

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 worldwide. He has written, Co written and contributed to more than 35 books about fly tying. He has won medals in some of the world's most prestigious fly tying competitions, and his own flies can be seen in the 'Flyfishers 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.



Casting Demos at Autumn Open Weekend

As well as free tuition at the casting pool, we've got a line up of impressive fly casters on our Casting Demonstration Timetable at the GAC for our Autumn Open Weekend.

Come along and see some epic fly casting demonstrations and pick up some tips to improve your own casting from World Champions, SGAIC, AAPGAI qualified instructors and the professionals who design and test the latest in Fly Fishing Technology.

These guys will also be instore over the weekend showing off the new gear for 2020 demonstrating different set ups with lines, rods and reel for you to try. Ask any of them for some help to pick out and balance your outfit.

TIMETABLES:

Friday 27th Timetable

Saturday 28th Timetable

Sunday 29th Timetable


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!

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Tying an International Daddy/Hedgehog with Davie McPhail

As we draw into Autumn, many Dry Fly Anglers will be reeling in the excitement, especially those who love to fish Daddy patterns. With a long body, large wings and clumsy legs, the Daddy Long Legs can be found just about everywhere in the UK. Even though they have large wings, Daddy Long Legs aren't actually very good at flying, any small breeze will send them tumbling down and if they're over a body of water, then they become a Trouts next meal. This fly is perfect if you have the wind at your back, blowing onto a River or if you are at a Stillwater venue, to fish near cover.

All of the materials needed to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre as listed below, but as always, if you need any help finding materials or substitutes then we'll be happy to help. Time to tie an International Daddy/Hedgehog Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.




Materials Used:
Hook: Fulling Mill Short Shank Special size 12 Thread: Uni-8/0 Tan Body: Tan Closed Cell Foam Sheet Thorax: Hare's Body Fur mixed with UV Dubbing Legs: 6 Pre-Knotted Pheasant Tail Fibres Wing: Well Marked Roe Deer

Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of Varnish, which he applied to the thread after completing the fly.

Davie's preferred type of whip finish tool can be found HERE!

Open Weekend Magazine Subscribers Offer

SUBSCRIBE FOR £40 GET A FREE £30 GIFT CARD!

If you're like us you love a fishing magazine, and we're delighted to work with our friends at Bauer Media to offer this unmissable deal for you.

If you sign up to a years subscription  for only £40 at our Open Weekend they will give you back a FREE £30 gift card to spend at any of our stores or online at fishingmegastore.com!





Subscribe Instore 27th - 29th September and Get a £30 Gift Card Back

Whether you want to grab some bargains on the day or treat yourself to fishing gear whenever it suits, e
ssentially it's only costing you 10 quid for a 1 year subscription to your favourite magazine.

Choose from these superb magazines, no matter what type of fisherman you are they've got you covered. And don't worry if you want more than one for you or for a friend you will get £30 for every subscription you take out.

Trout & Salmon: the Voice of Game-Fishing for over 60 years. Every month the finest contributors in the sport deliver informative, inspirational and entertaining writing, offering sage advice on locations, tackle and tactics with beautiful photography.

Trout Fisherman:  The handy guide for those in the world of fly fishing and looking to develop their skills. Well written, easy to follow articles make expert advice palatable for the masses with the latest flies, fishing techniques and fishing tackle showcased.

Sea Angler: The leading magazine for salt water angling. It's the first for fishing gear tests, tackle reviews, instruction and tips, pointing you in the right direction. It is the only sea fishing magazine with dedicated boat section, and now covers the emerging sports of kayak fishing and light rock fishing.

Improve your Coarse Fishing: Britain's best-selling coarse fishing magazine that helps you put more fish in the net with expert advice, gear guides and tips and tricks.





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 as well as some amazing bargains on all types of fishing tackle. Keep an eye out on FacebookTwitterInstagram 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!


RNLI at the Autumn Open Weekend.

The RNLI Safety Roadshow have confirmed they will attend our Autumn Open Weekend Event on the 27th, 28th and 29th of September 2019!

One bit of equipment that could let you be your own life-saver is a lifejacket but these are only effective if they’re in good condition and regularly maintained. The RNLI will be holding a clinic at our Open Weekend  where specially-trained volunteers will inspect your lifejacket, help you find and fix any problems and show you how to carry out your own safety checks .
Lifejacket inspections at the Open Weeeknd

We sat down with Phil Denham from the RNLI to discuss just how important the simple device can be.
Phil said: “The RNLI have launched a campaign to promote lifejackets for anglers. You may also have seen the Henry Gilbey videos online promoting the use of lifejackets. Henry admits he didn’t wear a lifejacket for years, until a tragedy where two brothers drowned on one of his local marks spurred him to get involved and help promote safe angling."

While a lifejacket check isn’t a substitute for a complete qualified annual service, it will find blatant faults and these clinics can be lifesavers. Phil told us: 
A chap came to our clinic at the Scottish boat show, his lifejacket had a couple of faults that meant it would not have worked. We were able to re-arm and make it fit for purpose again. A few months later we were holding a clinic at the Holy Loch when the same chap lost his footing on his vessel and fell overboard.
His lifejacket inflated immediately and, with some difficulty, he was helped back to the pontoon and pulled from the water. Later in the day, when he was warm and dry, he came to our stand to explain that the lifejacket he was wearing was the one we had re-armed.
Without his visit a few months prior, he would have been wearing a useless lifejacket and the outcome of the incident could have been different.
Bring along your lifejacket to the Open Weekend at the end of the month and they'll be able to inspect it and give you pointers on how to maintain and keep you safe on the water. 
Anyone wanting to contact the RNLI for a lifejacket check can get in touch via their website, rnli.org, or through your local lifeboat station’s community safety officer.
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 as well as some amazing bargains on all types of fishing tackle. Keep an eye out on FacebookTwitterInstagram 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!

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Wychwood Casting Competition 2019 Autumn Open Weekend




Step Up Test Your Casting Skills and Win a Prize with Wychwood!

As always we are running a distance fly casting competition at our Autumn Open Weekend Event on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September, sponsored again this year by Wychwood with a fantastic prize on each day of £100 to spend on Wychwood gear of your choice for the adults - and £50 for the winners of the Junior contests on each day!

If the rod's not bending you're just pretending
To enter this competition simply fill out an entry form online HERE or ask a member of the Wychwood team or GAC Staff instore on the day, and you will have two minutes to make as many casts as you like with the new, top of the range 10ft #7 Wychwood RS Competition Fly Rod inside our casting court. Your longest qualifying cast will be verified and submitted for the competition and the customer with the longest cast on the day will win £100 worth of Wychwood products of their choice!

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There will be two casting sessions per day on Saturday and Sunday, one at 11am and one at 3pm, with one winner for Adult and Under 14s competition on each day.

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 as well as some amazing bargains on all types of fishing tackle. Keep an eye out on FacebookTwitter, Instagram 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, 14 September 2019

Lure Fishing at The GAC Open Weekend

The Autumn Open Weekend is getting close and we have a cracking line up of Lure Anglers in place for tips and demo's no matter what species you're targeting.  Our Lure Tank will be out on display so you can see the lures in the water and watch the difference the little tweaks in your action or rigging can make.

Robbie Demoing on Our Lure Tank



SAVAGE GEAR

Come and meet Robbie Northman from Savage Gear at the March 2019 Open Weekend.  Robbie is a consultant with Savage Gear and he will also be offering tips and demonstrating his lure fishing skills in our lure tank.

Savage Gear are probably the most innovative lure brand in the world, they continue to develop and improve on lures for and Predatory fish in fresh and Saltwater if you need advice about any of the fantastic lures in the savage gear range, and how to fish them successfully, Robbie is the man to ask. 

Over the Open Weekend remember to take advantage of a bargain on Savage Gear Lures, don't forget that you can fill up your lure box with a Buy 2 Get 1 Free Deal on ALL Savage Gear Lures.


HTO

Jake Demoing at the Lure Tank
If you are a fan of LRF fishing, or if you have never tried it before, then you should definitely speak with Jake Schogler from HTO. Jake Schogler is a light lure and LRF expert with vast experience of using light gear in a variety of venues all over Scotland and around the UK. He is also the 'go-to' guy when it comes to being successful with the LRF and HRF styles.  Jake will be instore all weekend to answer any questions you may have about this style of fishing. 


Be sure to ask him about the new Schlugg Range of lures that Jake designed for HTO, they performed incredibly in testing and have been a hit in catch reports from the first anglers to try them.




MOLIX are fairly new to the UK market but they are an Italian brand that produce some superb fishing products and accessories. With a passion for angling in all stages of design, development, control and marketing they produce some awesome modern fishing tackle.


Jordan and Matt from Molix

Jordan, Matt, Tom and Tomasso will all be in Glasgow over the weekend to help you with all aspects of lure fishing. They'll also be raffling off a Molix Urban Sling Bag each day, click HERE for details or pick up an entry form from the guys on the day.


FOX RAGE and SALMO

Since the Fox Rage gear exploded onto the market, we've seen the range expand and the specimen captures just keep coming! All the lure anglers on the GAC team will tell you how effective their Spiky Shads and Slick Shads are for Pike and Perch in Scotland.




Craig will be attending the Autumn Show

Craig Renwick and the other consultants Fox Rage, Salmo consultants will be on hand over the weekend to go through the latest releases from them including the fantastic new Prism Rod Series!


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 as well as some amazing bargains on all types of fishing tackle. Keep an eye out on FacebookTwitterInstagram 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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