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Friday, 28 January 2022

Save The Date - The GAC Open Weekend Is Back!





After a hiatus last year we are very pleased to announce that we will be hosting a Spring Open Weekend from the 4th-6th March 2022 and we'd love to see you there!

We offer free tuition, demonstrations and workshops so you are equipped with all the latest knowledge for your next fishing trip. There are casting lessons available from SGAIC instructors, demos from AAPGAI Master casters, rig tuning clinics from sea anglers with international honours, LRF hints and tips from some of the best species hunters in the country, lure and deadbait tricks from the best predator anglers around and Fly Tyers Row is as talented a group of tyers you'll ever meet.


Hywel Morgan Casting Demonstration


During these events our 30,000ft megastore throws open its doors and visitors flood in to check out the latest kit, pick up some great bargains and rub shoulders with the top names in the fishing tackle business like Hywel Morgan, Paul Young, Scott Mackenzie and many more of the famous faces in fishing.
Meeting TV Personality Paul Young

All the reps and guests are fishing fanatics, we'd encourage you all to engage with these experts ask questions to get as much as possible out of your day. So whether you want to improve your fly casting, sea rig tying, lure fishing for Pike, LRF, or fly tying, there's an activity running over the 3 days giving you the maximum opportunity to learn - and it's all free!!

There's been lots of new tackle released over the last few years and we've got some of the best in the trade on hand to show you the latest innovations as well as taking the chance to just talk fishing at one of the highlights of the angling calendar. 

The Glasgow Angling Centre Spring Open Weekend in March is synonymous with the start of the new season and is still the biggest free fishing event in the UK. 
If you have never visited one of our events, you really should put 4th-6th March in your diary.






Thursday, 27 January 2022

Tying a Small Bait Fish Pattern with Davie McPhail

Simple and effective, the Small Bait Fish Pattern is an excellent fly for targeting various species. This fly only requires a small amount of material to be made and can be further changed and modified through Marker pens, adding basic designs and patterns to the fibres. As mentioned before, this is a fly for various species, Pike and Perch will readily attack this pattern. Brown Trout will also attack this pattern towards the latter end of the season, when they are actively feeding on Fry to weigh up for the Winter. This pattern is also versatile, it can be tied on different sized hooks, this allows Anglers to tie this fly to suit the waters they fish.

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 the Small Bait Fish Pattern, with the guidance of Davie McPhail. 




Materials Used:

Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of Varnish, which he applied to the head after completing the fly.

Davie's preferred type of whip finish tool can be found HERE!

Thursday, 20 January 2022

Tying a Clouser Minnow with Davie McPhail

Today we are looking at the Clouser Minnow, tied by Davie McPhail. Originally created in the late 80's as a Smallmouth Bass fly Bob Clouser, a fishing guide, fly tier and tackle shop owner in Middletown, PA. The Clouser Minnow has caught all over the world. Lefty Kreh once said, “If I had to choose only one fly to fish, for any species, anywhere in the world, it would be the Clouser Minnow.” In 1994, he wrote that when he had caught 63 species of fish on the Clouser. These flies are incredibly popular amongst Saltwater and Destination Fly Anglers, many of which use this fly for targeting Bonefish! It's a simple fly to tie, however many modern fly tyers don't utilize some of the original techniques created by Bob Clouser, the man behind the fly pattern. Get a few of these tied for your next day at the coast fishing for Pollock, they'll be an instant hit!

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 the Clouser Minnow, with the guidance of Davie McPhail. 




Materials Used:

Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of Varnish, which he applied to the head after completing the fly.

Davie's preferred type of whip finish tool can be found HERE!

Thursday, 6 January 2022

Tying a Tippet Octopus Wet Fly with Davie McPhail

The Octopus Fly is essentially a wet Mayfly pattern that is particularly popular on Irish Loughs. These flies vary greatly in colour, some bearing little resemblance to the hatching natural fly. Most of the popular patterns include classics such as the Lansdale and Lough Erne Gosling as well as modern flies with muddler heads and bodies of gold and pearl. The Variant that Davie is tying today is a take on the Octopus Fly but adding Golden Pheasant Tippet and Olive Badger Hen hackles.

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 a Tippet Octopus Wet Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail. 




Materials Used:

Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of Varnish, which he applied to the head after completing the fly.

Davie's preferred type of whip finish tool can be found HERE!
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