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Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Fly Tyers Row at March 2020 Open Weekend

GAC Spring Open Weekend


Fly tying is always a big attraction at the Glasgow Angling Centre Open Weekend.  On the 6th, 7th and 8th of March 2020, we're hoping to see lots of keen tyers, eager to learn all the latest skills, flock to our famous 'fly tyer's row' to watch the masters in action and to get a close-up of how to execute a variety of techniques.

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 - in 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 fly tying materials and fly tying tools from our extensive range.

You can also take advantage of some great deals on hooks and materials as well as a few new product launches over the weekend.



Ian McKenzie - Veniard
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 March 2020 show and will be happy to spend time with anybody who has specific problems and needs some advice.

Ian McKenzie



Jo Stephenson - Partridge
Jo lives in the Suffolk country side and first discovered fishing aged 17, starting with lure fishing for Pike, Perch and Bass before moving on to fly fishing and fly tying. She mainly ties flies for Pike, Perch, Chub and Bass, and can be found drifting down the sleepy rivers of East Anglia in her kayak, 10 weight in hand looking for that monster Esox and dreaming of fishing around the world! Jo also recently took part in a BBC television program called Earths Wildest Waters: The Big Fish where she fought her way to the semi final fishing in 5 different countries and had the opportunity to fish for amazing species such as Bone Fish, Tarpon, Rooster Fish and Sail Fish, and hopes to inspire more women to take up a rod and give our sport a go! She is also a member of the Partridge Pro Team. Check out her website here - www.jostephensonfishing.com
Jo Stephenson
Tim Wood - Veniard
Tim started fly fishing about 6 years ago and got hooked from day one. He's fished in Iceland and Bosnia and is a frequent visitor to the River Annan, River Clyde in Scotland.  He is also a regular visitor on the Upper Severn, Upper Dee and the River Vyrnwy.

Tim has achieved a very high standard and is particularly competent at tying Trout flies.  Notably, he has won a number of fly tying competitions in both The Fly Dressers Guild and Fly Fishing & Fly Tying magazine. His passion is tying small river flies and Grayling Nymphs, and during the Open Weekend, Tim will share his knowledge and skill so you can improve your own tying.

Tim Wood


Allan Liddle - Partridge
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 but he 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.'



Allan Liddle


Darryl Mooney -Partridge
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.  http://www.partridge-of-redditch.co.uk/

Darryl Mooney



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!

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