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Friday, 28 September 2018

Try Family Fishing For FREE at the GAC Autumn Open Weekend 2018!

Would you like your kids or friends to try fishing but not sure where to start? Then book in for a taster session with our Get Hooked on Fishing coaches and find out more about this amazing sport. Glasgow Angling Centre, and GHOF have teamed up to offer one on one coaching for kids on the Forth and Clyde Canal, just 2 minutes walk from the GAC, on the 29th and 30th of September 2018 as part of the GAC Autumn Open Weekend Event - Scotland's largest FREE angling event!
Learn how to catch Roach, Perch and many other species using simple tackle and techniques and learn about waterside safety and fish welfare from qualified angling coaches. Each session is suitable for under 18's and places are limited so pre booking is recommended, all fishing equipment will be provided but suitable clothing should be worn - please wrap up warmly!
Book now or find out more by ringing Heather Lauriston on 07544 066974 or visit the GHOF stand at the GAC Open Weekend between 10am and 3pm to sign up for your FREE SFCA annual membership and book your coaching session! Qualified angling coaches will be on hand all weekend to answer all of your fishing questions so don't be shy and come down to meet them!
Get Hooked on Fishing is an angling programme which helps provide positive opportunities for young people and communities. They deliver fun and interactive training around the sport of angling and their programme is especially designed with the help of young people to give the participants more confidence and to demonstrate that there are alternative pathways and better opportunities available to them. For more information check out the GHOF website!
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!

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Fishingmegastore Reward Card Members Only Pre-Sale @GAC Thursday 27th of September 2018!

As a special thank-you to all our loyal shop customers who joined our rewards Reward Card Scheme, we will be offering all of our Autumn Open Weekend deals a day early to all of our Fishingmegastore Reward Card holders!
Join the 1000's of customers already reaping the Reward Card benefits!
From 5.30pm until 9pm on Thursday 27th of September 2018 Fishingmegastore Reward Card holders who come to the store will beat the crowds and still qualify for all of our amazing deals and offers that we were keeping for the weekend!
Even if you haven't received your card in the post yet, simply show a staff member a recent receipt with your unique barcode on it, and they can quickly verify your membership so you can qualify for all the deals!
Over 75,000 of our customers are already benefiting from the scheme by earning points every time they shop with us that soon add up to money off future tackle purchases!
Don't have a Reward Card yet? You still have time to sign up, just ask any member of staff instore any time or apply online HERE! Beat the crowds and still benefit from the Autumn Open Weekend deals, plus you never know what angling celebrities just might be hanging around, setting up for this weekends big event!
See below for just a few of the hundreds of deals we will be giving Reward Card holders exclusive early access to from 5.30pm until 9pm on Thursday 27th of September 2018, and of course these offers will be available to all of our customers instore on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Open Weekend Event, along with demonstrations, tuition and previews of this years up and coming products from all the big suppliers in what has become the UK's largest FREE angling event!
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!

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Wychwood Distance Casting Competition at the GAC Autumn Open Weekend 2018!

Back by popular demand, Glasgow Angling Centre will once again be hosting our very popular distance fly casting competition at our next Open Weekend event on the 28th, 29th and 30th of September 2018 - in an all new format sponsored by Wychwood who will be putting up some great prizes on each day!
Can you cast like Cullen?
To enter this competition simply fill out an entry form with a Wychwood representative to enter on the day, and you will have two minutes to make as many casts as possible with the all new, top of the range 10ft #7 Wychwood RS Competition Fly Rod inside our casting court. Your longest 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, one at 11am and one at 3pm. Plus we will have a special junior section for under 14's with more great prizes!

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!

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Tying an Olive All Rounder - An Emerger Dry Fly with Davie McPhail

As an All Rounder, this Olive Emerger Dry Fly pattern is able to act both as an Emerger Dry Fly and similar to a Popper.
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 Olive All Rounder in the shape of an Emerger Dry Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.

Materials Used:
Hook: Tiemco 2487 Hook
Thread: Uni 8/0 - Light Cahill
Body: Peacock Quill dyed Olive
Leg: Knotted Pheasant Tail Fibres
Under-Wing: Dyed Olive Deer Hair
Thorax: Olive Squirrel Dubbing and UV Lite Brite Dubbing Mixed
Wing: Natural CDC Feathers

Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of  Varnish, which he applied to the thread before whip-finishing.
Davie's preferred type of whip finish tool can be found HERE!

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Scotland's Top Fisheries At The GAC Autumn 2018 Open Weekend

At the GAC September 2018 Open Weekend, we are focused on the needs of today's angler. From fly casting instruction, rig tying, bait preparation, fly tying and lure demonstrations, we want to help you become a better angler. We also want to promote the huge variety of fishing on offer in Scotland's rivers and lochs. That's why this year we have invited representatives from some of Scotland's premium Trout fisheries to showcase the facilities on offer to fishermen at their respective venues.

Lake of Monteith
The Lake of Menteith, or Loch Inchmahome, is set in the Trossachs amidst magnificent scenery where the highlands meet the lowlands. The 'Lake' is 700 acres and is regarded as one of the best locations in Scotland for fly fishing for rainbow trout and brown trout.

Boat at the Lake of Monteith
Its central location (Glasgow 45 mins, Edinburgh 60 mins, Perth 50 mins) makes it ideal for meeting with friends for a day's or evening's fishing.

The Lake is stocked weekly with 1000 to 1500 quality trout, and yields an average landed fish weight of over 2lbs. In 2016 the average 2 man boat (8hr) catch was 5.9 trout for 13.9lbs. The catch and release percentage was 63%.

The 30-strong fleet of Lomond (Sweeney) Boats has recently been upgraded, and all are equipped with Yamaha or Suzuki outboards. The impressive fishery cabin, with permit office/tackle shop, Fishers Cafe and wood burning stove howff area are available to the anglers.

The Lake has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to its exceptional fauna and flora. Historically, the lake has much to offer, with the impressive and tranquil ruins of the 13th century Inchmahome Priory situated on the largest of the Lake's three islands.

These attributes make the Lake an outstanding venue for some of the most prestigious fishing competitions and a great day out for all anglers.

Carron Valley
Carron Valley Reservoir, created in the nineteen thirties by the flooding of the upper valley of the River Carron, is one of the most scenic trout fisheries in Scotland. It is situated high in the Campsie Fells and is only a ten-minute drive from Stirling, half an hour from Glasgow, and forty minutes from Edinburgh. The loch offers boat and bank fly fishing for rainbow trout & wild and stocked brown trout in magnificent surroundings.

Carron Valley
Facilities at Carron Valley include a fishing lodge, an office and tackle shop where you can purchase permits, snacks, and refreshments. You can also acquire any items of tackle and life jackets from the office to ensure a safe and productive day's fishing. In addition, there is plenty of parking available, a ghillie service, tuition available on request and plenty of breathtaking scenery.

Since its completion in 1939, the 1000 acre reservoir has proved to be an ideal habitat for the Carron's indigenous wild brown trout population which have thrived on the rich feeding in the newly flooded river valley. The wild brownies of the Carron Valley Reservoir are now well and truly established, providing some of the best brown trout fly fishing in Scotland. In addition, Carron Valley Fishery stock grade A quality rainbow trout to enable the angler an all-round trout experience to remember.

The trout fishing on the loch is managed by Carron Valley Fishery Ltd. Through a careful policy of regular supplementary stocking of top quality trout, the fishery management has built on the loch's well-deserved reputation as one of Scotland's premier trout fisheries.

The area around the loch is very popular with walkers, ramblers, mountain bikers and nature lovers and boasts a wide variety of wildlife, all thriving in breathtaking surroundings. In addition to some of the best brown trout fishing in Scotland, the fishery at Carron Valley also provides a free information service to non-anglers who wish to learn about and enjoy the local area.

Loch Fad
Loch Fad, or the ‘long loch’ as it is more commonly known, is situated on the lovely Island of Bute off the west coast of Scotland and lies directly along the Highland fault line. It is classified by Scottish Natural Heritage as a site of special scientific interest (SSSI) for its scenic beauty and its huge diversity of bird life and vegetation. The loch is surrounded by wooded hills, including one of the first commercial Douglas Fir plantations dating from the 1840’s.

Loch Fad
The loch is 175 acres with a maximum depth of 36 feet at the narrows. The ends of the loch have shallower areas which are ideal for fly fishing and although fish can be taken all over, the south end does tend to fish better as the water temperature rises.

There are two routes to loch fad: the scenic route and the principal route. The scenic route takes you along the shores of Loch Lomond and through the Arrochar Alps in the heart of Argyll - some of Scotland's most stunning scenery. You then skirt along the top of Loch Fyne and head south to Colintraive where you can make the 5-minute crossing to Rhubodach on Bute. The principal route to the Isle of Bute is by car and passenger ferry from Wemyss Bay, a crossing that takes half an hour with sailings every 45 minutes at peak times. Wemyss Bay can be reached by car or train from Glasgow and Paisley. The loch is only a ten-minute drive from Rothesay's main town centre.

There are many options available when it comes to fishing loch fad. You can fish from the boat or bank, you can spin, fish for pike, and bait fishing with maggot, worm and wasp grub is also permitted.

Carbeth Fishery is a family run trout fishery in Central Scotland within 15 minutes of Glasgow and 20 minutes from Stirling. Established in 1997 they specialise in providing the very best trout fishing whether you’re after a memorable family day or some serious competition.

Carbeth has three trout ponds which have been developed to provide great fishing for experienced anglers, beginners, families and children. You’ll also find everything you need in their well-stocked tackle shop, from very reasonable priced equipment hire to expert advice on what’s catching.

Carbeth is a family friendly fishery providing both bait and fly fishing excitement for parents and children. Their bait pond (pond 1) is particularly suitable having large grassy banks which let families spread out and relax. Excellent visibility around the pond makes it easy to keep a watch over your children. There are two wind shelters around pond one offering protection from the elements, plus the shop/ cafe area.

A complete novice can be bait fishing within 10 minutes and experienced tuition in the art of fly casting can be provided by prior arrangement. You’ll find articles on successful fishing methods employed at the fly and bait sections on-site.

Carbeth's loyal core of friendly regulars are always more than pleased to welcome and assist new faces. They pride themselves on their warm welcome and their provision of facilities caters for the more experienced angler to the complete beginner.

As highlighted, Scotland has some fantastic fishing available, some of it right on our doorstep, and at this year's autumn Open Weekend we want to make sure anglers are aware of the opportunities available to them.  Therefore we are delighted to invite the representatives from Scotland's top fisheries along to this year's event and we are excited about working in partnership to support and promote trout fishing in Scotland.

Saturday, 1 September 2018

GAC Autumn Open Weekend 2018 - 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 28th, 29th and 30th of September 2018 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 - making this the premier fly tying event in Scotland! This time around we are focusing on quality not quantity. 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 and the launch of a great new fly tying initiative for kids to get involved too - so don't miss out and come to Scotland's biggest FREE angling event, right here at Glasgow Angling Centre!

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!

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!

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.'

George Barron
George Barron
George has fished for over fifty years. Born in Scotland, he began his fly fishing life on the River Tay before moving to Wales in the late 1970s. About thirty years ago he became involved in competition fly fishing with the highly successful Llanilar Angling Association. During the last three decades he has represented Wales in numerous International Loch Style matches, winning a team silver medal in the World Championships in Ireland and captaining the Welsh team in 2003 at the last International match ever fished on Loch Leven. He has also coached to the Welsh Senior team and was nominated as Performance Coach of the year in 2007 at the Welsh Sports Awards. If he no longer went fishing, George say’s he would be just as happy tying flies and prefers to tie in the traditional style using fur and feather in the time honoured way. He writes regular monthly articles for FF&FT magazine and Field Sport’s Quarterly. He also ties at the many fishing fairs around the UK and in Ireland in particular, where there is still a huge interest in traditional fly tying methods.

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!

Claim Your FREE Golden Ticket for the 2018 GAC Autumn Open Weekend Event Now!

Fancy getting your hands on a freebie at the next Glasgow Angling Centre Open weekend? Register online now to receive your Golden Ticket for the GAC Spring Open Weekend Event on the 28th, 29th and 30th of  September 2018, and pick up one of these handy Fisheagle Diamond Sharpener and Scissor combos worth £9.99 absolutely free of charge!
Click Here!
An essential tool for any angler, this handy sharpener is triple diamond plated and puts a fine edge on almost all types of blades and hooks with it's flat, curved or grooved faces.It even stows away inside it's own pen shaped handle until you need it! The micro serrated, spring action scissors will snip through mono and braid with ease and fold away to go in your pocket safely. Simply take a minute to fill out our registration form and use your Golden Ticket collect yours on the day – for FREE!
Register your interest in the GAC Autumn Open Weekend Event 2018 by filling in this online form, and we will email you a Golden Ticket with your own unique code to print off or keep on your smartphone - then use the Golden Ticket instore between 28th and 30th of  September 2018  and get your free Scissors and Hook Sharpener- simple as that, no purchase required!
Please remember that it's one Golden Ticket per customer, and the Golden Ticket can only be redeemed instore on 28th, 29th and 30th of  September 2018! You do not need a Golden Ticket to attend this event, the Golden Ticket is only required to collect your free gift!

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