About Us - The Angling Active story...

About Our Store

Angling Active (previously known as Angling Centre Stirling) is a family run, father and son business partnership – set up in 1999. Martin, the father of the team, retired from the construction industry and decided their passion for angling should be put to good use. With the support of his son Chris, they stepped into the fast moving and exciting world of retail. The location of the store at the heart of some of Scotland's most popular fishing destinations ensured the small tackle store quickly outgrew its humble beginnings and in 2011 the new location at the Agricultural Centre in Stirling was opened. This cemented Angling Active's position as one of the largest tackle stores in Scotland and allowed further investment in stock and the online and mail order business.

Angling Active Shop

Since moving to our premises at the Stirling Agricultural Centre, Angling Active has grown considerably and our new 7000 square foot showroom allows anglers to browse through the latest products in a light, bright and spacious environment. With over 500 fishing rods on display at any one time in our upper showroom, alongside hundreds of reels, lines and countless other essentials from the biggest brands in fishing tackle you can be sure to find what you are looking for. We aim to provide a relaxed atmosphere to shop, with no pressure sales, just help and advice on hand if or when you need it.

Due to our central location, the store has become a tackle destination for anglers throughout Scotland. A travelling angler increasingly finds an excuse to pass through Stirling and visit Angling Active. Stirling is the gateway to the Trossach’s and Highland waters, and in it’s self is an ideal location for an angling holiday with a vast choice of fishing available. Local permits are available for most waters in store.


Our showroom in Stirling is situated conveniently at the junction between the Rivers Forth and Teith. This gives our customers access to a dedicated area on the bank of the river Teith to test the latest rods and lines directly upon the water. Around 100 yards from our carpark, the casting area is a short stroll along a country path and is accessible for both wading and bank casting during most conditions. Sturdy footwear or wellington boots are recomended for safety and those who wish to wade should bring their own waders.

Shop floor lower interior image

We work with our suppliers to ensure we have common demonstration versions of Salmon and Trout fly lines available as well as the ability to test each and every Fly Rod within our comprehensive range. Throughout the year we host casting demonstrations and tuition events featuring some of the biggest names in the industry, these are advertised in advance upon our email newsletter and social media. If you wish to take advantage of our unique casting area to try out your potential purchase please try to let us know in advance of your arrival so we can ensure we have the correct products available, we will ensure you are accompanied by a member of our knowledgeable and experienced staff who will help you get the most out of your tackle test. Our advice is of course free of charge.


The team at Angling Active are keen anglers and outdoor enthusiasts who each bring their own expertise to the company. Our staff draw on their individual experience to offer advice on all aspects of angling, including sport, pleasure and competition fishing. Drawing from years of experience in deep water trolling, fly tying and river craft through to speciality predator and competition angling we have someone in house who can advise you on the correct tackle or technique to get the most from your fishing.

Shop floor lower interior image

Chris and Martin take huge pride and responsibility to reinvest into our sport with a particular focus on competition sponsorship, national team sponsorship and youth development. Martin, a qualified level 2 coach, was formerly chair to the committee that manages the Scottish International Youth Fly Fishing Team. Chris holds the prestigious S.G.A.I.C instructor certificate and their respective licensed qualification gives an insight into the level of professionalism that is a focus within the store. With a team comprising of experienced instructors, international level competition winners and seasoned anglers you are assured of sound advice and unbeatable service.


The Angling Active website brings together our experience in angling and outdoor products into a one stop shop for fishing tackle and outdoor equipment. The constantly expanding product range, which is approaching the 20,000 individual items mark, has been divided into easy to navigate categories, each focused on a particular type of angling. Within our Game, Predator, Coarse and Sea fishing categories you will find a carefully selected range of products that are perfectly suited to each type of angling.

The information rich product descriptions contain high definition product imagery, detailed specifications, feature lists and videos to help you gain the knowledge and information required to choose the right tackle for your needs. Our staff are available by either telephone or email to answer any queries you may have on our products and you will receive the same high level of pre and after sale support on-line as you would if you visited our store in person.

Our live stock control should give you confidence that if a product is listed as 'in stock' on our site then it should be in stock and available for dispatch. Should you order from us and we find the product is not in stock for whatever reason, we will promptly contact you and either offer an alternative product, the chance to wait on the product returning to stock or of course the option to cancel the order. We don't take payment for your order until we have the items picked and ready to ship. This means you can shop with us, safe in the knowledge that your goods will be available and your order processed as swiftly as possible.

Our product descriptions feature customer written reviews, providing you with a customers perspective of a products true value, quality and usefulness. We would encourage you to write reviews for any products you may already own or have purchased from us. This community driven feature is key to everyone’s shopping experience. Finally our service is regularly reviewed by our customers on the independent review website, Trustpilot. These unrestricted reviews are available to read on almost every page of our website. The fact that our previous customers regularly take the time to write a public review of our service is something that makes us extremely proud. We understand that there is no stronger compliment of our efforts than a glowing review and a personal recommendation from a previous customer.