GAC Spring Open Weekend 2017 - Fly Tyers Row Confirmed!

One of the most popular attractions at our Open Weekends is always the fly tying demonstrations, and our next one coming up on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of March 2017 will be no different! Our new 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 and Fulling Mill - 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, 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!

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 -

Gareth Lewis
Hailing from the base of the beautiful and picturesque Brecon Beacons National Park in South Wales, Gareth Lewis is an international fly dresser, professionally qualified game angling instructor and river fly fishing guide, and a proud member of the Partridge of Redditch Pro Team. Gareth specialises in the world of small stream tributaries as well as the larger free-stone waters of the Usk, Wye, and Taff catchments in South Wales, and has a huge passion for wild brown trout and dry flies. As such, Gareth’s is matched to suit, and focuses heavily on dry flies ranging from Catskill-style dry flies, any form of hackled dry fly, and is a sub-size #20 addict focusing on the lifecycle of the Chironomid (Diptera) order. Introduced to fly fishing by his father when he was 10 years old, Gareth caught the fly tying bug a few months later. In the 25 years that followed, Gareth has tied and demonstrated at a range of both national and international shows, including British Fly Fair International, Fly Fest, the Welsh Fly Fair, and Irish Fly Fair, as well as various Fly Dressers Guild and fishing club evenings. For more info visit

Paul Slaney
Paul counts himself lucky to live in the beautiful Brecon Beacons in Wales on the banks of the River Usk, indeed it's a perfect testing ground for his flies with the river a short walk from his home. A little further afield he enjoys night fishing for Sea Trout on the west Wales rivers. Over the past 25 years Paul has combined his interests of Travel, Photography and Fly Fishing and taken them all over the world in the pursuit many species of fish. His fly fishing experiences are many and varied but he feels most at home on the bonefish flats of the Caribbean. Paul ties flies for many species of fish. He enjoys teaching and sharing his skills and experiences through live demonstrations at clubs and shows both at home and internationally, as well as through photography and social media. In recent years Paul has gained a strong following for his particular skills on hair wing Salmon flies. Paul is a member of the Partridge of Redditch and Regal Pro Teams.

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 & 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.

Barry Ord Clarke
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 world wide.  He has written, Co written and contributed to more than 35 books about fly tying. He has won medals in some of the worlds most prestigious fly tying competitions, and his own flies can be seen in the 'Fly fishers 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. Barry’s fly tying blog has nearly 6000 followers and over 2000 visitors per day!

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.

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!