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Monday, 28 February 2011

February FOTM Winner!

The winner of February's Fish of the Month Competition is Gavin McShane with a Porbeagle shark caught off the coast of Donegal, Ireland. After wrestling for an hour and half he eventually tailed it and got it onto the slipway to be weighed in at 212lb and after taking a quick picture, the shark was returned and swam back into the depths.
Gavin McShane wins Fish of the Month!
Gavin wins £100 to spend at the Glasgow Angling Centre on fishing tackle of his choice! We would like to thank everybody that took part, and you can see all the entries here.

If you would like to enter March's FOTM competition simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used. You can also enter instore - just ask a member of staff for assistance. The winner will be chosen by our expert judges and will be announced on the last day of each month. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page. Good luck and we look forward to seeing the entries. Submit your entry here...

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Meet the stars at Glasgow Angling Centre!

The famous Glasgow Angling Centre Open Weekend is here again! It is hotting up to be our biggest and best yet, so you won't want to miss out on this fantastic opportunity to grab a bargain and attend one of the biggest and best fishing events of the year.
TV favourite Paul Young
There is loads to do and see at the event, including fly casting tuition, meeting some of the most famous people in fishing, fly tying demonstrations, slide shows and predator or sea rig making demonstrations. It will also give you the opportunity to see some of the newest and exciting products for 2011 as well as pick up a few bargains!
Meet Matt Hayes on the Sunday!
Meet the stars from the forefront of angling television shows like Paul Young, Matt Hayes and Hywel Morgan. Get qualified tuition from some of the best game angling and sea angling instructors and coaches in the country - for free!
The super strong Hardy Proaxis
The guys from Hardy and Greys including spey casting legend Ian Gordon will be on hand to explain the new technology behind SINTRIX rods and show off new products like the Hardy Zenith and Proaxis rods, Greys GX500 and GX700 reels and the new Greys XF2 range of fly rods.
The amazing Guideline Reaction
The UK team from Guideline featuring innovative anglers like Mick McDaid and Duncan Egan will be on hand to help you choose the right gear for salmon and trout fish both here and abroad. And rod design legend Leif Stavmo will be instore talking about the latest Guideline Reaction rods.
Sea Angling Globetrotter Mike Thrussell
Pure Fishing representatives like Mike Thrussel and Jan Vanbovencamp will be offering some great deals on gear from brands like Shakespeare, Mitchell, Abu and Berkely including some innovative ways of fishing Berkley Powerbait (this has to be seen to be believed!)and tales of sea angling from all over the world.
Competition Specialist Craig Barr
The Wychwood fly fishing gear has been much talked about in the last couple of years and their chief designer will be with us all weekend explaining the thinking behind such modern products like the SLA reels, Vuefinder fly boxes and the latest luggage and SLA fly rods. Plus Craig Barr will be showing off some of this years sure fire patterns from his prize winning fly box.
Captivated by Davy McPhail
For the avid fly tyer there is bumper weekend in store with ten of the countries top fly dressers demonstrating their skills and answering any questions you may have plus some of the best quality fly tying materials in the world will be on sale as we once again bring our great friends from Cookshill Fly Tying into the store as a special treat to all our customers as well as a game bird skinning demo from the man himself Steve Cooper! Also watch as staff from Veniard demonstrate how to dye your own materials at home with their range of Fly Tyers Dyes! Plus see the hottest product in fly tying being put through its paces as David Edwards from Bug-Bond shows you how to use it effectively for your chosen style of fly tying.

Top wader manufacturer Simms will be demonstrating how to keep your waders in tip top condition and showing you the best methods for wader repair. And if you decide to buy a pair on the day they will professionally stud the soles of your new Simms boots with Hardbite Studs free of charge!
Ant Glascoe and Hywel Morgan
Savage Gear consultant Anthony Glascoe will be "coming home" to the GAC to give all you predator fanatics the lowdown on the latest lures from SG including the Soft 4play lures, Lipsculls and we will have fantastic deals on the new Savage Gear clothing. Plus get your copy of the DVD, To Lure a Killer, signed by Ant and co star Hywel Morgan.

Other brands represented at the Open Weekend will include Loop, Shimano, G.Loomis, Sage, Orvis, Rio, Redington, Lamson, Vision, Daiwa, MacKenzie, Fulling Mill, Partridge, Cortland, Tubeology and many, many more so if you have any questions about their products them come and ask them! Plus we will have thousands of bargains and weekend only deals right across the store - so come and check it out!

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Cookshill Fly Tying Confirm for March Open Weekend 2011

Cookshill Fly Tying
Widely acclaimed fly tying material supplier, Cookshill, have confirmed they will be joining us for the Open Weekend on March the 4th, 5th and 6th 2011. Steve Cooper and his team are best known for providing only the best, hand picked natural materials and his full skins are undoubtedly the best quality in the world! This is a unique opportunity for discerning fly tyers to visit the GAC and see these materials at first hand, and if you are interested in tying Clyde Style or North Country patterns then don't miss it as the full Cookshill range, including many hard to get materials will be on sale. The Cookshill stand will be located beside the fly tying demonstrations and Steve will also be demonstrating how he skins game birds for fly tying.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Open Weekend Dry Fly Accuracy Competition!

Due to the amount of interest in the announcement of the Distance Casting Competition, Glasgow Angling Centre will also be hosting a free to enter Dry Fly Accuracy casting competition at our upcoming Open Weekend on the 4th, 5th and 6th of March 2011 - this time sponsored by Wychwood!
How straight can you cast?
Three targets will be set out in the casting court at different distances and angles. Using the new Wychwood Truefly SLA 9ft #5 rod and a Supra fly line, all three targets are to be cast to in the order given, with three attempts at each, the first scoring 5 points, the second 3 points and the third 2 points if the yarn lands inside the target. At least one false cast shall be made between each score or lay of the yarn. Score will be recorded out of a total of 30 points. Prizes include Wychwood SLA reels, Vuefinder Fly Boxes and Truefly caps.

Full details will be available on the Open Weekend dates. Keep an eye out on Facebook, Twitter and instore for more info on what's going on at this event!

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Fly Casters now confirmed for the March Open Weekend!

For the next Open Weekend on the 4th, 5th and 6th of March 2011 we have an amazing line up featuring some of the worlds top casters and instructors. These guys will be putting on a show to remember with demos and workshops on the Applecross Canal Basin and they will also be on hand instore to answer questions and help you buy the right gear for the season ahead! A timetable for the demos will be available nearer the time.
Hywel Morgan
Hywel Morgan (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
World record caster, Welsh internationalist and now TV presenter, Hywel is a well known face in the angling community and will be in store to give tips and advice on all types of fly fishing and casting problems as well as demonstrating the latest casting techniques. Autographed DVDs of his TV series will be available during the open weekend.

Ian Gordon
Ian Gordon - Hardy Greys (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Highly respected Spey caster and AAPGAI instructor, Ian Gordon will be available in store to answer all of your salmon fishing and casting questions and to guide you through the latest double handed rods, reels and lines for Hardy and Greys, which he has helped to develop.

Leif Stavmo
Leif Stavmo - Guideline (Saturday, Sunday)
Swedish fly casting champion, master instructor and one of the worlds top tackle designers, Leif will be here to talk about the latest gear from Guideline, especially the awesome new Reaction range of rods. Come and try them out under his expert supervision and see what all the fuss is about!

Scott MacKenzie
Scott MacKenzie - MacKenzie DTX (Saturday, Sunday)
A former World Spey casting champion, Scott will be joining us to show off his new range of DTX Shooting Head rods and lines as well as his excellent casting DVD, signed copies of which will be available for the duration of the weekend.

Mick McDaid
Mick McDaid - Guideline (Sunday only)
One of Britain's top experts. Mick McDaid is arguably one of the best fly casters in the country today and has fished all over Britain. A fully qualified salmon and trout instructor, Mick offers tuition and guidance on all aspects of fly casting and fly fishing for all levels from beginners to advanced anglers. Mick is the designer of the Guideline MMD Spey line.

David Moore
David Moore - Loop (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
David is located in the north west of the UK and he has fished extensively throughout Norway for the last ten years for salmon on various named rivers. Salmon fishing is his passion and he will travel anywhere for a chance at one. David has been fishing from the age of eight, and has recently joined Loop as part of the design team and designed the Balanced reel seat. He is currently working on various rod concepts and says there is more to come to add to the range in the future.

Andy Murray
Andy Murray - G. Loomis (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Andy has been an instructor and tackle consultant for over 25 years and currently works as a ghillie on a busy beat of the Tweed. His knowledge of Spey casting and salmon fishing is second to none and he will be demonstrating the latest range of rods from G.Loomis including the new NRX range.

Jim Fearn
Jim Fearn - Guide Fly Fishing (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
AAPGAI instructor and consultant with Guide Fly Fishing (Rio, Vision, Lamson and Redington) Jim will be on hand giving casting tips and advice on the latest products. His demonstrations on Shooting heads and Skagit line should not be missed!

David Bell
David Bell - Hardy Greys (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Highly qualified casting instructor and consultant as well as a member of the Hardy Academy, David is one of the most well known faces of the Scottish angling scene. He will be on hand all weekend with tips and tackle advice for any fly fishing style.

Gary Coxon
Gary Coxon - Sage (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
AAPGAI Master Instructor and the face of Sage fly rods in the UK, Gary will be with us all weekend for help with casting problems, advice on how to choose the right Sage rod for your needs and some really bad jokes!

Gary Scott
Gary Scott - Shakespeare (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Gary is recognised as one of the finest fly casters in the world today with experience around the world in all aspects of game angling including double-handed Spey casting and single-handed casting. Gary works closely with Shakespeare to help develop their range of salmon fly rods.

The Applecross Basin is just 2 minute walk from the shop, see the map here for details. There will be loads of other stuff happening on the Open Weekend dates as well as some amazing bargains on fishing tackle. Keep an eye out on Facebook, Twitter and instore for more info on what's going on at this event!

Monday, 21 February 2011

Fly Tyers confirmed for the Open Weekend

The fly tying demonstrations are always very popular at our Open Weekends and the next one will be no different! These guys are all 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 the fly tying section in the shop and help you to choose the right materials, so don't miss out on the 4th, 5th and 6th of March and come to our 3 day fishing extravaganza!

Davie McPhail
Davie McPhail (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Classed as one of the very best tyers in Europe, Davie McPhail has been tying flies since 1982 and has more recently become a YouTube sensation with millions of hits. He will be tying for us all weekend and giving help and advice to solve all your fly tying problems. Signed DVDs will also be available all weekend.

Paul Little
Paul Little (Sunday only)
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. 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.

Steve Carew
Steve Carew (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Steve is the Technical Manager at Fulling Mill flies and he is also a passionate Fly Fisherman and Fly Tier with over twenty years experience. He mainly ties Trout and Grayling patterns for both still and running water but he also like to dabble in patterns for saltwater and carp. He will be on hand to answer any questions you have during the show, talk fishing to anyone who wants to listen and hopefully tie a few flies that you might find of interest.
Dougie Loughridge
Dougie Loughridge (Saturday, Sunday)
Dougie has been tying for around 18 years or so. He cut his flyfishing teeth on Lochs, Rivers and small stillwaters chasing Rainbows, Brownies and Grayling but his true passion is for Pike on the fly. This has become his main focus over the last 4 years or so and he likes nothing more than drifting in his float tube stalking the big, hard fighting Pike from our famous Lochs here in Scotland. You can see and buy the flies Dougie designs for Fulling Mill here.

Duncan Egan
Duncan Egan (Saturday, Sunday)
Duncan specialises in tying modern salmon flies and is the inventor of the hugely successful Flamethrower series of flies. He ties flies professionally for many salmon beats and high profile salmon anglers all over the world and often has a lengthy waiting list. However he is by no means a one trick fly tyer and if you ask him nicely he will show you some of the most awesome Clyde style trout flies you will ever see.

Michael Low
Michael Low (Saturday, Sunday)
Michael is no stranger to success, having been Scottish junior fly fishing champion two years in a row. He had a great season last year with qualification for the final stages of the Scottish National Championships, the Airflo Anglian Water Competition, the Scottish Club Championships, the Carron Masters and the Champion of Champions. To top it all off he was Commonwealth Individual Fly Fishing Champion in a very hard fought event! Michael will be happy to show off his favourite pattern for rivers and lochs and show you how to tie them and fish them successfully.

Andy Kitchener
Andy Kitchener (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Andy Kitchener is creator of the Tubeology tube fishing system with its interchangeable fly tying heads allowing a tube fly to be 'hot spotted' or have weight changed at the water’s edge. An avid fisherman, Andy has fished the world over while working for the computer industry prior to setting up his own fly fishing businesses.

Sandy Dickson
Sandy Dickson (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Sandy started fishing seriously at the age of 13 and was never without a rod in his hand. Due to the position of his home, being on the top of the hill overlooking the Clyde, Sandy soon learned how to read the river and that was on the occasions when he was not actually on the river! Sandy only uses his own flies when fishing and is particularly proud of his buzzers. These buzzers are so slim, he says that they make Amy Winehouse look obese!

David Edwards
David Edwards (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
David  has always been fascinated by the pike, 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.

There will be tons of stuff happening on the Open Weekend dates. Keep an eye out on Facebook, Twitter and instore for more info on what's going on at this event!

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Win a Hardy Zenith Sintrix Fly Rod!

The Glasgow Angling Centre Open Weekend just gets better, especially now that we can announce the biggest prize draw we have ever had! Hardy Greys, one of our Open Weekends sponsors, have put up an awesome prize worth up to £649 for one lucky visitor to the store over the three days of the 4th, 5th and 6th of March.
You could win a new Hardy Zenith fly rod!
Simply fill out an entry form with one of the Hardy&Greys team at the Open Weekend to get your chance to win your choice of Hardy Zenith SINTRIX fly rod - or if you can wait, a new Hardy Proaxis fly rod (available April) and we will have the full range of Hardy SINTRIX rods available to try instore to help you choose your prize. The winner will be drawn at 5pm on Sunday the 6th of March and the lucky entrant will be contacted directly!

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Open Weekend Fly Casting Competition!

For the first time ever Glasgow Angling Centre will be hosting a distance fly casting competition at our upcoming Open Weekend on the 4th, 5th and 6th of March 2011 - sponsored by Hardy & Greys!
Can you cast like Hywel Morgan?
Simply fill out a form to enter and you will have two minutes to make as many casts as possible with the new Hardy Zenith Sintrix 10ft #7 and Hardy Mach line, with the longest verified cast being submitted for the competition. The customer with the longest cast on each day will win £100 worth of Hardy Greys products of their choice!

Full details will be available on the Open Weekend dates. Keep an eye out on Facebook, Twitter and instore for more info on what's going on at this event!

Friday, 18 February 2011

February Clearance Lists now online!

Everyone loves a bargain!
The new sale lists for February are now on the website! Once again even more stuff is reduced in price, plus we have added loads of stuff with up to 80% off the RRP! There's also some shooting and hunting clothing from Seeland and Deerhunter as we make preparations to move Glasgow Field Sports to its new home inside the GAC!

We have added some more click through links that take you straight to the product on the website so you can buy it instantly! Just click on the code if it is blue- if its not blue then give us a call or email to buy.

Click here to see the lists

Remember the stock levels are not live, and if your not fast...your last!

Thursday, 17 February 2011

The Positive Impact of Fishing - Making a Difference!

When you go fishing, it's a great opportunity to get away from the daily routine, to experience some peace and quite and to connect with the outdoor environment. However through the fantastic work of the Get Hooked on Fishing Charity, fishing is more than just an escape! It can be a powerful framework for helping young people make positive life choices, and subsequently improving the quality of life.  

Below is a young person named Richard's reflection on how fishing, and his involvement with the Get Hooked on Fishing Charity, has enhanced his life on many levels:

The first time I was introduced to Karl and Get Hooked On Fishing, was when I was in year 7 at Thomas Adams School, Wem. The things I learned was how to cast with a fly rod which was for the first time, but also how to choose the right fly for the particular day.  I also learned to retrieve the fly line and hook, and play and land a trout. I also learned how to kill a trout which I was then able to take home to eat.  I also learned how to tie flies which was for the first time.

In year 8, I started to do coarse fishing and was taught how to tie successful rigs which I could use when I go coarse fishing and also the right bait that I could use for the day.
In year 9 I learned more about fly fishing to a more advanced level, as well as some more tactical coarse fishing. The things that I learned more about on fly fishing was how to shoot a fly line out a lot further and also how to tie better looking flies to use when I went fly fishing.

In year 10,  I was taught more about coarse and fly fishing. The things that I learned more about fly fishing was how to fish with two flies and to cast an even greater distance.  I also learned how to tie more flies.  In coarse fishing, I was taught how to match fish because I was chosen to fish a schools national competition for Thomas Adams School, Wem which I was lucky to be chosen as captain and we finished 15th out of 31.  I was also taught to tie my hooks and flies onto the line and was also taught how to play a Carp on a pole which was for the first time.

In year 11,  I was taught how to coach students to fish and I passed on the knowledge that Get Hooked On Fishing has taught me.  I also learned how to make more advanced flies.  I had the greatest honour of helping coach at the school nationals where I had fished before and I was able to then pass on the knowledge of how to fish the venue.

Get Hooked On Fishing has taught me to overcome my OCD because it doesn't bother me when I am out fishing. I have also coached at Fish O'Mania three times.  Get Hooked On Fishing has also taught me about the country code of practice.

From Get Hooked On Fishing I have gone on to Rodbaston College which at the moment I am doing a level 2 Diploma in Fish Husbandary. This is because I would like to become either a fishing coach or be able to run my own fishery in the near future. 

So as you can see from this very inspiring example, fishing can make a real difference in young people's lives!  It's a platform for learning new skills, improving self-confidence and self-esteem, helping others, increasing employability, and providing a lifetime of enjoyment and pleasure that fishing creates.   It's also a credit to the superb work of the Get Hooked on Fishing team and the need for continued support to give more young people these positive benefits.  However it also highlights that we, as anglers, have the power to make a similar contribution by offering advice, tips, tackle, or even time to young people, and creating similar value.  

Helping others through Angling
To learn more about the positive and life-enhancing work of the Get Hooked on Fishing Charity or to support them in helping young people, please visit their website

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Furled Leaders come to GAC

At last – an extensive range of high quality furled leaders for the discerning fly fisherman is available to buy from Glasgow Angling Centre!
The complete range of Hemingway's Furled Leaders available!
Hemingway's furled leaders are hand woven from 30 to 70m of premium quality modern materials, a blend of a double silicone coated nylon for floating and highest grade fluorocarbon for sinking.

These leaders have been crafted and tested over the past 30 years on the trout of the pristine rivers of Serbia and Slovenia. Halford, Marryat and Skues all used them, as do the discerning trout fishermen of today.

Here are a few reasons why:

* Durable leaders designed for anglers who want their leaders to last – just replace the tippet when required!
* Special silicon coated technology – ‘SCT’ – prevents water absorption (this can reduce strength by up to 50% in a monofilament leader)
* Lack of memory reduces micro drag
* Available in floating or sinking(fluorocarbon) models
* Perfect taper provides positive turnover and increased accuracy
* Improved presentation which eliminates leader slap – does not hold or spray water like braided leaders
* Very user friendly and not prone to wind knots or tangles
* Inbuilt strike indicator for Czech nymphing, plus droppers
* Good retention of paste floatants
* Excellent knot strength
* Ultra easy to attach with built-in loops
* Very supple - cast it straight from the packet!

You can order them from here! or ask instore.

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Savage Gear 2011 Catalogue out now!

The new Savage Gear 2011 catalogue is available to view here. The 2011 catalogue is very exciting indeed, and the quality of the products, the layout, design, and the amount of useful info (and not least the breath-taking pictures and catches in the catalogue) will blow you away. Among the many new products we find an array of super-cool new clothing, technical rods, and lots of innovative lures such as the Rotex, Fry, Da'Bush, Double Propulsion, and the radical Soft 4Play family! As usual you can buy direct from us but if you don't see what you want online or in the shop give us a shout and we will get it for you!
Click on the image to see the catalogue!
The catalogue will be available in physical form in about two weeks time, but until then, you can find the online version here. Also check out the official SG Facebook site

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Atlantic Salmon Trust Auctions 2011

The annual auction is the AST's principal fund raising event. This year’s auction has a wider than ever selection of lots, ranging in price from under £50 to over £10,000, with fishing in rivers ranging from the Varzuga in Russia to the Mourne in Ireland. Without your support they wouldn't be able to continue their important work to secure the future of Atlantic salmon and sea trout. In addition to funding the AST's priority research projects, for the first time some funds from the auction will go towards salmon and sea trout projects jointly funded by AST, RAFTS (Rivers & Fisheries Trusts of Scotland) and ART (Association of Rivers Trusts).
Click the image to view what's up for auction!
Visit their website to find out details on all the lots and instructions on how to bid online. Bidding closes on the 14th of February.

Monday, 7 February 2011

Savage Gear Cutbait Catches!

The Savage Gear Herring Cutbait has long gone proven itself as a real killer lure for Halibut, Cod, and other giants of the sea. With its heavy weight construction and irresistible action, the Herring Cutbait is perfect for deep sea fishing - even in strong currents. A few anglers around have found out that it is perfect for other types of fishing as well - and they have done some truly remarkable catches.
Nile perch on a Cutbait!
Pontus Wallin is one of them, and during a recent visit to the Murchinson Falls, he caught several hard-fighting Nile Perch between 35 and 45 kilos. He found the Cutbait Herring lure to be perfect for cutting through the fast current and locating the big fish along the bottom.
Lake Trout love 'em too!
John Horsey found the Herring Cutbait to be the perfect solution for huge Yukon Lake Trout. Trolled behind the boat, this lure completely outfished all others, and it provided John with some unforgettable fish - among them a Laker in the 40lb vicinity!!!
Check out the new colours!
For 2011 - four new radical colours are available, the flamboyant Tequila Sunrise, the goofy-looking Orange Pearl Popeye, the radical Puffin, and the ghostly Green Glow. Order them now here!

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Follow us!

Follow Us!
Glasgow Angling Centre now has its own Twitter page, at:

Twitter will allow us to provide quick and simple updates about what going on in the shop, and also let you know about the latest deals before they appear in our usual advertising!

If you are a Twitter user, simply “follow” us!

Tay Springer!

GAC staff member Thomas Black caught this 10lb spring Salmon from the Newtyle beat of the River Tay last week.
Tam's Tay Springer!
Thomas used his 15ft G.loomis GLX with a Guideline RTG S1/S2 shooting head topped off with a short Seaguar leader on a Monkey fly to catch his first Salmon of 2011!
The fish was returned to carry on it's journey
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