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Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Busy time!

Its been one hell of a busy few weeks where I have been filming my web clips with Aaron from It was a great day's work and we filmed a load of clips covering all sorts of of fishing stuff. Some are up on my you tube page now and cover the following subjects...

Salmon Rod Battle - Spey or Underhand...

Tying a fly with the new Bug Bond UV cured varnish...

Yasmin my eldest tying her favourite fly the Pink Panther...

Tanya my youngest tying the Tan Cat fly...

I tried the new one piece Airflo 40+ lines and this is how I got on!

Go check them out some good information there and if you have any questions or you want me to review anything drop me an email at

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Hardy Proaxis rods now in stock!

Hardy Proaxis SINTRIX rods have landed! I have been playing with these for a few months now and I can honestly say they are a bit special. Even some dedicated Anti-Hardy guys I fish with have been impressed. And don't be put off buy its Tarpon and Bonefish fishing lineage - the #9 and #10 are awesome rods for Pike and Pollack, and the #8 is perfect for Bass, so these rods have many uses for the stay at home, UK fly fisher!

The Hardy Proaxis saltwater fly rod was designed and developed by Hardy in conjunction with some of the world's best saltwater guides and anglers. Their development team, led by five times Tarpon Gold Cup Grand Champion Andy Mill and Hardy's head of product development, Howard Croston, have pushed Hardy’s new Sintrix technology to the absolute limit - and the end result is staggering in both performance and durability.

These fast-action rods are loaded with cutting edge features, like lightweight saltwater-safe hardware, titanium recoil guides and, of course, Hardy’s revolutionary Sintrix material. Proaxis rods are lighter, stronger, more impact resistant and capable of withstanding much higher loads than standard graphite fly rods. So, with less chance of damage, you can cast further, fish longer and fight harder when pursuing big saltwater species.

GAC are stocking the 9' four section format, which arrived last week, but there is also a one piece version, which is aimed at flats anglers who leave their rods permanently rigged up - if you want one of these let us know and we will work out how to get it to you! The one piece rod also comes in a comedy nine foot long rod tube!

You can purchase the SINTRIX rods on the website and if you want to try one out simply come to the shop where you can use our casting pool to give one a go!

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Hardy Announce Limited Edition Reel for Royal Wedding

Hardy have announced that they will be producing an engraved, commemorative edition of the St. George reel in a limited run of 100 numbered reels to mark the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton on April 29, 2011.
Limited Edition St George reel
Named after St. George, the Saint of England that slayed the dragon in the famous legend, the original model in this long running series was a 3 3/4″ trout reel, weighing just six ounces. Not only was it an incredibly light reel for its day – it was also fitted with innovative features of the time like the agate line guard and compensating click check. The St. George range of reels were produced in the Hardy factory in Alnwick from 1911 until as recently as 1983 and for Hardy reel collectors, St. George reels in good condition are considered something to behold and cherish, and as such are highly sought after. Many fly fishers all over the world still use them to fish with, in particular fans of bamboo rods and salmon angler's who just love the "music" of the click pawl drag!

The Commemorative 3-inch St. George reel is finished in an attractive gold colour and will will be available in right or left hand retrieve from mid April - expect them to be priced at around £899

Glasgow Angling Centre will have a limited number available, on a first come first served basis - I you are interested in owning one simply contact us for more information.

Friday, 25 March 2011

Guideline 2011 Catalogue available online

The new Guideline 2011 catalogue is now available to view here! Stuffed with some of fishing's hottest products, it features great new products like LPXe RS rods in cool pearl white livery, new densities in the immensely popular TripleD shooting heads and of course the one that everyone is talking about - the Reaction series of fly rods. Paper versions (remember them?) will be available instore soon!

Almost every Guideline product is available on our website so 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 ASAP!

Click on the image to see the catalogue!

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

GAC meets the winner of the Hardy Zenith prize draw!

Recently Glasgow Angling Centre hosted one of its mega popular Open Weekends, giving customers a chance to come and meet tons of fishing stars and sample a huge range of new tackle for the 2011 season. Hardy and Greys were offering customers a chance to enter into a free prize draw to win a Hardy Zenith rod worth up to £649 and over the weekend the uptake was superb with hundreds of people entering.

On Sunday the 6th of March Paul Devlin, owner of Glasgow Angling Centre, drew out the lucky winner’s name, which was a Mr Peter Edge from Troon, Ayrshire. Mr Edge chose the best selling 10’ #7 Zenith rod as his prize, and is pictured below receiving the rod from Paul and John Henderson from Hardy and Greys.

From left to right - Paul Devlin, Peter Edge and John Henderson
Mr Edge commented: “I normally come to the GAC Open Weekends to see what is new on the market and the Hardy Zenith Sintrix rod was definitely one of those products I was coming to see, I can’t thank Paul enough for pulling my name out the hat, it has saved me from having to buy one!”

John Henderson from Hardy and Greys added: “it was great to see a local angler win the prize; the uptake on the prize draw was great with record numbers through the door we had to print off extra entry forms as the interest just grew every day. The open weekend has always been an opportunity for customers to come and try before they buy and this year was no exception with Hardy SINTRIX rods, Greys XF2 ranges and other existing products all proving very popular”.

We do hope all you anglers out there will be coming to our next event in September, there will be representatives from all the major tackle companies covering Sea, Predator, Coarse and Game fishing plus loads of demo's and competitions so why not put the date in your diary now, Saturday the 24th and Sunday the 25th of September 2011.

Skate Tagathon 2011

Once again dedicated sea anglers will be taking the long trip up Scotland's West coast to help gather data regarding one of the nations shark stocks on behalf of the Scottish Shark Tagging Programme(SSTP)

The SSTP already runs two tagging Events focussing on other species in trouble, but this will be the inaugural running of an Event where the focus will be on Common Skate. Around 75 sea anglers using their own boats are expected to fish the Skate Tagathon Event in the waters around Ardfern, Argyll and Bute over the weekend of 8th-10th April.
Help save the Common Skate

Common Skate are one of the largest species of fish in Scottish waters with some growing to well over 200lbs. It was once abundant in north-west Europe but there have been significant declines around the UK over the last century due to excessive commercial exploitation and bycatch.

According to Willie Kennedy of the SSTP " The data already gathered on common skate is beginning to give us some idea of their behaviour of these fish, but it is obvious it is not a simple black and white story – there appears to be a complicated pattern of residency and migration.

"As the recent Marine Atlas produced by the Scottish Government points out ‘As many elasmobranchs tend to school in sex and age related groups, trawls can often pick up large numbers of juvenile fish in a single haul before they have had a chance to reproduce. Therefore relatively few animals actually reach breeding age, and those that do only produce large enough numbers of young later in life to help rebuild a population.‘

"Consequently if we can identify those areas where female skate congregate and reproduce then appropriate measures can be taken to regenerate stocks." argues Kennedy.

Tagging is the only non-destructive assessment of sharks available to help provide data regarding species migration patterns, growth rates, population and stock make-up and stock fluctuations.

The main base for the Skate Tagathon Event will be the Galley Of Lorne Hotel in Ardfern with the main launch site for small boats being Ardfern Marina.

Anyone wishing to find out more about the Skate Tagathon Event, or to register to take part in it, can do so at

Monday, 21 March 2011

Hardy Zenith Review in Trout Fisherman

Tested - The Hardy Zenith!
Trout Fisherman magazine have reviewed the Hardy Zenith SINTRIX rod in their Gear Guide in this month's issue. Top angler and journalist Robbie Winram tried out the 9ft #5 and the 10ft #7, using them with a range of lines weights and densities to get a better idea of what the rod is like in a proper fishing situations. He reckoned that the 9ft #5 as a powerful rod that can lift, cast and deliver a 5wt line at a distance, but it was also "versatile enough for crisp presentation and accuracy at short and medium range, especially with delicate dry flies". The 10ft #7 was deemed to be "a totally different animal with bags of steel and power in it" and that "for overhead and false casting and for double hauling these rods excelled"

You can read the full review here.

Friday, 18 March 2011

Fin & Fly March 2011

Click to see the latest edition!
The new edition of Fin & Fly is now live. If you haven't read it before, Fin & Fly is Hardy and Greys monthly e-zine where you can read about fishing tactics and tips, and Hardy Academy members share their latest fishing experiences. It's always filled with awesome photography, up to date information, great competitions and this month there is a special fly reel guide!

Click here to read the latest edition!

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Savage Gear 4play Soft in stock but be quick!

We have just got our hands on some more of the hugely popular Savage Gear Soft 4play lures that everyone is talking about! They wont last long so don't hang about!

You can also buy the loose Soft 4play bodies here.

Check out this instructional video where Savage Gear's Mads Grosell shows you his tips and tricks on how to get the best of your Savage Gear Soft 4Play lures. He also shows you just how effective they are for Pike!

Check out Savage Gear on the web and on Facebook for more info!

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

March Clearance Lists Now Online!!!

Everyone loves a bargain!
The latest clearance lists for March are now live on the website! Even more reductions, and loads of stock added with up to 80% off the RRP! Plus some more shooting and hunting clothing from brands like Seeland and Deerhunter as we get closer to moving Glasgow Field Sports to its new home inside the GAC!

We have updated the 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!

Monday, 14 March 2011

New 2011 Scierra catalogue now online!

The all new Scierra 2011 catalogue is available to view here! Filled with cutting edge quality fly fishing gear, the Scierra 2011 catalogue has now landed - hot off the presses. It features Scierra's full fly fishing product lineup, and there is some extremely interesting new stuff this year - especially on the fly rod, fly reel, and clothing side. Among the many new products is the Nano Technology FlyLite V2 rod, the super elegant HM+ rod, the ultra smooth TX2+ reel, the classy XDP+ and XDP+ Casette reels, the no-stretch Kevlar shooting line, and the cool looking SpeedCast wading jacket.

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.

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Another Hugely Successful Open Weekend!

We did it again!  Anglers from all over the country were treated to another fantastic Glasgow Angling Centre Open Weekend.  With a unique atmosphere, famous faces, and a time table of activities that would rival any game fair, we were able to give anglers of all ages and abilities a day, and experience, to remember.

A Leif Stavmo Masterclass
A Very Busy Shop Floor
Matt Hayes Chats to Customers
Paul Little
Steve Souter of Daiwa offers sea angling advice
A Very Busy Fly Tying Area
Iain Gordon passes on his knowledge

Our Open Weekends are aimed primarily at creating value for all our customers,  giving them the opportunity to meet and learn from some of the most influential people in fishing.  It's also a special time for young people, as it gives them a chance to meet their 'fishing heroes'. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who attended,  making it one of our busiest and most successful to date and wish you a fantastic season to come. Watch this space for details of our next big event!

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Open Weekend Event Schedules!

These are timetables for the events at the Open Weekend so you can plan your day at the Angling Centre!
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Most of the casting demonstrations will take place on the nearby canal basin. The Applecross Basin is just 2 minute walk from the shop, see the map here for details.
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The fly tying demonstrations will be towards the rear of the store where the Cookshill stand is. This can be the busiest area during an open weekend as some of the world top tyers show you how its done. Keep an eye out for other fly tying stuff going on around the store too!
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These other slide shows and demonstrations are very popular, with knowledgeable people from the industry letting you in on the tricks of the trade from a wide range of angling disciplines like sea angling and predator fishing. These will be held next to the fly tying area, or in the middle of the store and the new Lure Testing Tank will be outside the front of the store. You can register for the casting competitions at any time, just let us know which session you want to cast in!

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! These timetable are only a guide and changes might be made on the day so check back here, view the posters instore or ask a member of staff for more info!
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