The Pro’s are coming, and you are invited… Angling Active Fly Tying Pro Day 2017


Date: Saturday 16th December 2017

Time: 10:30am – 3:30pm

Venue: Angling Active

Entry: Free

Parking: Free (lots of it!)

It is with great pleasure that we have pro tyers coming from the likes of Semperfli, Funky Fly Tying, Franc N Snaelda, Veniard, Partridge of Redditch and Deer Creek. Also the unmissable Ali Hutchens and Jo Stephenson will hopefully returning and tying some signature patterns.

Many disciplines of fly fishing flies will be on show and everyone’s invited to come and meet the tyers and see what they are creating on their vices. Ask them what they are using and how they do it. We will be filming their ties too, so you can re-visit anything you learned on the day by visiting our Youtube channel.


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All you need to do is escape the Christmas shopping for a few hours and just turn up at Angling Active on the day.

Special Guest Tyers:

Ali Hutchens


Ali Hutchens is one of three guys from the Scandinavian United Fly tyers team. This team is made up of Ali from Scotland, Jim Wennmark from Sweden and Olli Rautiainen from Finland. They have their own Facebook & Instagram page and have recently launched a new website

They released their first venture into the world of film in October this year called “Passion Breaks Borders” filmed on location in Norway, fishing for Atlantic Salmon. The film was awarded “Best Adventure and Exploration film 2016” at this years Flyfest. Watch it here: “Passion Breaks Borders Film

Ali ties a variety of flies using traditional patterns and gives them a modern twist with modern products. He is best known for his Intruder style salmon flies. This year he has also begun writing articles for Total Flyfisher magazine and his recent article centres around fishing for Salmon in the “back end”.


Jo Stephenson


We are especially happy to have Jo here on the day as she will be returning as the guest of honour opening the River Teith’s fishing season for 2017 in Callander on the 1st February.

Predator and Saltwater Fly Tyer – member of Partridge, Regal, Foxy Tails, and Bug Bond Pro teams.
Fishing obsessive – Fly and lure fishing, Costa team. Fishing from kayak for Pike is my main style of fishing. Honeymoon was in Zambia for Tigerfish. Massive bucket list to get through!!
Semi finalist in Earths Wildest Waters : BBC – The Big Fish
Fishing is in the blood and the best way to spend the best of your time, with the best of your friends being the best of you!

You can visit Jo’s website here:


Confirmed Brands and Amazing Tyers:


Franc N Snaelda

Sean Stanton


As you may know, Sean is a prolific tier but was finding it harder and harder to access good quality materials. To overcome this issue he decided to design and manufacture his own range of affordable, quality materials. Thus the Sean Stanton Signature Tubes were born , the first in the range of many signature materials to be developed.

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Peter McCallum

Sandy has been tying flies longer than he can remember and has been working with Semperfli from its beginning. Famous for his range of buzzers, Sandy is a passionate tyer of a great range of trout flies. Sandy has a fine eye for detail and loves to perfect each and every fly.

Peter has been fly fishing and fly tying in excess of 40 years, mainly trout, but some salmon and saltwater. In particular Peter loves Clyde style flies as well as Loch style Palmers, spiders, streamers. But to be fair, he loves any style of fly!

Sandy Dickson

Sandy has been tying flies longer than he can remember and has been working with Semperfli from its beginning. Famous for his range of buzzers, Sandy is a passionate tyer of a great range of trout flies. Sandy has a fine eye for detail and loves to perfect each and every fly.



Darryl Mooney


Darryl is the UK and Ireland Sales Director for Partridge of Redditch and has been tying flies for over 40 years. He lives in Northern Ireland where he grew up fishing for wild brownies on his local Rivers Lagan and Bann and this remains his passion to this day. Darryl specializes in all aspects of river nymph fishing and has fished extensively in the USA, New Zealand and Europe.

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Based in Moray in Scotland’s North East, Allan has specialised on the wild trout from the rivers and burns, lochs and lochans throughout Mainland Scotland and the Isles.
A strong passion for fishing simple dries he feels there’s nothing better than to see the fish take off the top, but isn’t slow to fish a range of different styles when mood or conditions dictate.

Although trout is his first love Allan occasionally chases the Salmon, Grayling stocked fish and even dabbles in salt water when the chance arises. Allan is also a GAIA qualified trout instructor and a has been a regular contributor to Fly Fishing and Fly Tying Magazine for over ten years.



Alex Wilke (Rook)


Alex is a renowned predator fly fisherman that is willing to travel the world in pursuit of his target species… Over the years he has raked up an amazing list of trophy catches like pike, big perch, catfish, bass, barracuda, roosterfish, giant travly, groupers to name just a few.. Alex is addicted to predator fly fishing and flytying and will be demonstrating some of his killer patterns on the day.

Craig McDonald


Craig was hooked on fly fishing from an early age when his father took him to the river leven to fish for both Sea & Brown trout using traditional wet fly patterns. He hasn’t looked back since and has now been fly fishing for the best part of thirty years. Through this time he has fished just about everywhere in the UK from the chalk streams of the South to the wild trout lochs of the outer hebrides,it’s a similar story with his fly tying after watching his Dad at the vice he decided to have a go himself and a passion for fur & feather was born.Nowadays Craig can mostly be found on the banks of the Clyde, fishing for his two favourite species the Brown Trout & the Grayling using various fly fishing methods. In recent years he has also been exploring the rivers of Europe & in particular the Czech Republic. His annual trip there is fast becoming something of a pilgrimage. Craig is an Ambassador for the Fulling Mill company & his patterns are extremely popular amongst river anglers,Craig is also on the pro team at FunkyFlytying & Bug-Bond.



Euan Miller


Starting at the age of 6 years old I fished with my dad on small local rivers and lochs for wild trout and stocked rainbow trout. Through the years I turned my hand to the small water comp scene where I made the Scotland bank team taking gold in Ireland. I am part of the Greys pro team and over the last four years have never been off rivers hunting specimen trout and grayling. I have a love for big wild trout and grayling. I have been tying flies since the age of 17 after finding my Dads old tying materials and vice and giving it a go. I am an absolute fishing nut and it is in my blood.



Scott Kane


A late entry to the event, but just as welcome, Scott Kane will be demonstrating using Deer Creek UV resins on many of the patterns he is tying on the day.

Fishing is my hobby & fly tying is my passion. My grandfather and my Dad were brought up on the Clyde so it’s only natural I was steeped in the beauties of the ‘Clydestyle’. I have been on Flytyers Row at the BFFI for 6 years and a Deer creek pro-rep for the last 4 years promoting the best UV Resin On The Planet.

Stuart Smith


I tie flies for everything and have fished in 13 countries around the world. I tie flies from size 28 micro nymphs for spooky trout and grayling right up to 10/0 for sharks. In the last 6 years I have been targeting large river browns, pike, and pollock on the fly and grayling throughout the winter. I mainly target pike in Highland lochs from a float tube and big river trout with streamers. I have tied at a few game fairs and shows over the years and help out at a fly tying club in the Winter doing demos and teaching.  I really enjoy doing this and hope to do more  because it is a great opportunity to meet other tiers and learn new styles of tying and hopefully pass on some of my experience to others and gain new ideas. About 18 months ago I was asked to be apart of Deer Creek which has been a fantastic opportunity.  I am truly honored to be apart of this great family.


cadbe78eadc6e82147dc67525a75cf07Tying Day Raffle Prizes – Fundraiser for Strathcarron Hospice.

To show our continued support for Strathcarron Hospice and the incredible work they do, we will be offering raffle tickets to those who attend the day in store. We will have some fabulous prizes to be won (all raffle proceeds will be donated to Stratchcarron Hospice).


We look forward to seeing you here and you never know, you might spy that Christmas pressie you didn’t know you wanted, you may leave with learning something, and your raffle ticket might win you one of the amazing prizes from those who are sponsoring the day.

No entry fee, no tickets, and plenty of parking. See you there!