What NOT to do if you ever go to the Glasgow Angling Centre open weekend

Okay so it is my first weekend free after being back at work – I wanted to continue my anglingtastic extravaganza after the Friday nights shenanigans so I visited the Glasgow Angling Centre today as it was the open day – tragically it all went horribly wrong – as usual I have worked out how and am willing to share my analysis with you – here is my handy list of what not to do if you ever go along to a GAC open day:

1. Take your wife/partner/other ball n’ chain as well as newborn first child.
2. Promise to only spend a maximum of one hour browsing the goodies and looking at fly tyers.
3. Forget to charge your camera.
4. Ask John Wilson if you can have your photo taken next to him.
5. Take your visa card.

Firstly, your wife/partner/other ball n’ chain will not enjoy it – sure I know some of us are blessed with understanding women however when you have just sacrificed two evenings to fishing clubs (and then talked about it non stop) maybe you should not drag them along stating that they will “really dig this foreign dudes flies”  Your baby will not be happy iether – even if you cannot stop thinking of those tiny wee fingers and how well they could handly size 28 dry flies (not to mention those young keen eyes)

Secondly one hour is not enough – especially if you want to have a listen to what all the reps have got to say – nuff said!

To be fair three and four are kind of linked – seeing John Wilson standing talking to an GAC  employee I sidled up to him and asked for a quick photo – “not right now” he said “I am in the middle of something” – he then walked off (Paul Young on the other had would have not only had his photo taken with you he would also have taken you out for a pint and then stuck you in a taxi at the end of the night, possibly) – that is the last time I watch your show I seethed. Anyway, I took one photo of a rather good fly tier and was then about to zoom in on the flies when my camera died. I suppose taking around 600 photos of my first born son will do that.


I then cursed (not really) John Wilson for not being more organised with his holiday snaps (or whatever it was he was getting ready to show)

Not sure whether the GAC would want me to advise you not to take your visa card however be aware it is very difficult not to buy stuff – especially when you get free gear along with it.

In a nutshell – this really is a day out – which I suppose is why they spread it out over three days – still got Sunday to go though. If, unlike me, you are not chained to domestic bliss you could do some odd jobs around the house to earn some time down at the centre – or start early for the next open weekend

If John Wilson reads this the only way he can make amends is by sending me a signed photo stating “urbanflyfisher.com – hotter than my ass”


  1. Andy C · February 28, 2009

    ha ha ha wilson blankd you told you he was a bleep bleep lol . and try takein 2 weeones with you

  2. Stuart B · February 28, 2009

    I was tempted to go especially as they were doing Scierra waders and boots for £99 so spend another quid and you’d get a tenner voucher and a free cap but then I thought it would be mobbed and I’d just buy other things I probably didn’t need so decided to give it a miss. I don’t really like busy shops anyway ..in fact I don’t like shops full stop .

  3. Paul R · February 28, 2009

    Sorry to hear your trip didn’t go as well as planned, but very glad you reminded me. I was sitting all day Saturday with that feeling I was supposed to be somewhere. Totally forgot it was on! Anyway I went today and spent a fotune. Ended up subscribing to T&S and TF, and got £40 quids worth of vouchers for my trouble. Nice!

  4. Stuart B · February 28, 2009

    Paul…did the subs come with the Freebies that the mags give you . Not sure what the current ones in TF are( think its a fishing bag) but the T+S one is either dry fly box or two wet fly boxes . They are usually well worth getting even if you sell them on if you don’t need them.

  5. Paul R · February 28, 2009

    £30 for the years sub (normally £38 I think), plus a £20 GAC voucher. None of the freebies but still a good deal.

  6. Stuart B · February 28, 2009

    Yeah…probably better . If you renew at 12 months you still get the freebies on offer at that time ..( both mags) …seems a long way away tho’..lol

  7. Paul R · February 28, 2009

    Hopefully a long and very successful season between now and then! Although it seems like forever until the start;)

  8. nicolas valentin · February 28, 2009

    I let John Know and gave him your blog Adress ,you never know !

  9. Alistair · February 28, 2009

    Nicolas – it will probably be a letter from his lawyer knowing my luck!

    Hang on, he is outside my front door – must be here to drop off his photo – must be going for a game of cricket later as he has a bat – must have jogged here, he is all red..


  10. Stuart B · February 28, 2009

    I can hear his laugh now LOL

  11. Rex | Aqua Design · February 28, 2009

    How about #6: Don’t double-haul while indoors

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  12. Stuart B · February 28, 2009

    You’re gonna have to explain that one Rex.I’m confused.

  13. Fly Fishing Combo · February 28, 2009

    Thanks for making me spit my coffee all over my computer screen, laughing..

    You can always do what I do, drop the wife off at the mall and give her $50 bucks, then your home free.

    Better luck next time!

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