First Tackle Shop You Ever Used...

Do you know of a good traditional fishing tackle shop, past and present.
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Re: First Tackle Shop You Ever Used...

Post by Tony » Sat Dec 29, 2018 10:15 pm

Stour Otter wrote:
Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:41 am
Dave Swallow "Custom Tackle" Columbia Road, Bournemouth. It was shop policy not to wear waders in the shop as light fingered anglers were known to drop floats inside of them. The main attraction as a thirteen-year-old was to see his wife Thelma sat on a bar stool behind the counter in her mini skirt and black knee high boots. Happy days.

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I frequented Dave Swallows tackle shop in ringwood circa 1975 when travelling with the RDAA match secretary Pete Hutchinson (RIP) for a season when he lived in Southampton

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Re: First Tackle Shop You Ever Used...

Post by Fish » Sat Dec 29, 2018 11:04 pm

Reids tackle just outside Wilton in Wiltshire,a small space ,part of a removal firms premises,he had more stuff than you could shake a stick at,float making materials,diy rod making ,second hand section,and the place just smelled amazing with the ground baits,i can still smell it to this day.the man was always happy to see us kids,he didnt mind selling us a half pint of maggots,but then he knew that when we were flush after some oat picking or something we would be making a beeline to his shop to spend the lot!
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Re: First Tackle Shop You Ever Used...

Post by Newtocane » Mon Jan 28, 2019 10:40 pm

Chubman wrote:
Sun Mar 04, 2018 7:45 pm
ive been using the same tackle shop for over 6o years, not many proper tackle shops left now, use them or loose them, homestores of swaythling southampton is well worth a visit if your in hampshire
I now use Homestores whenever I can, but only for around 10 years or so, a mere youngster!

First proper tackle shop would've been Bowlers on the Merry Fiddlers roundabout in Dagenham, tackle shop on one side, that was run by Mr Bowler, and a 'knick=knack' shop on the other that was run by his wife. Shops were combined into one after old Mr Bowler died, Keith Bowler then took over and was still running the shop when I moved to Hampshire in '96. I think Keith died around 2007 and the shop closed in 2015. I used to buy all my bait and tckle there for the weekly outings with the White Hart Dagenham Angling Society.

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Re: First Tackle Shop You Ever Used...

Post by Jeremy Croxall » Tue Jan 29, 2019 9:42 am

I wish I could remember which tackle shop I used as a youngster. It would have been in Grantham where I was st school. I do remember buying bits in Woolworths but usually when shopping with my mum and I could drop bits into her basket!
We used to fish at Denton Reservoir a few miles from the village where we lived. We strapped our rods to our cross bars, filled our saddle bags with tackle and lunch and off we went on our great adventures! Happy days indeed!!
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Re: First Tackle Shop You Ever Used...

Post by Chevin Chaser » Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:29 pm

The first tackle shop I visited was situated on Tavistock Street, Bedford. It was a very small shop with double fronted bay windows that had a display of lovely rods, reels, chairs and nets. As a youngster looking at that display, I could only dream of owning one those cane or glass fibre rods and a mitchell reel.

As you opened the door, the counter was no more than 6ft away. Inside there were so many items stacked on shelves or hanging from the ceiling that you didn't know where to start looking, or in my case, start dreaming.

I believe it was run by two brothers. I can always remember one of them, as he had a very bad limp. There were always customers in the shop, but if you went on a Saturday morning you would end up in queue that filtered onto the pavement. Looking back now it must been a sight to see. Men in line with maggot boxes and roll ups in their mouths talking amongst themselves sharing their fishing stories of new and old.

I used to visit with my dad, the brothers new what he wanted. A couple pints of mixed maggots and a pint of casters. He knew what most of his customers wanted. I remember hearing him greet each customer on first name basis followed by "The usual?" When I was a little older I continued to go there and I became regular and was greeted just the same as all their other customers. I felt like a man.....The boys club!

Unfortunately many years later they closed down. To this day I'm not sure why as they were very busy, maybe they past away, but I had many fond memories in that shop. As a child holding my fathers hand and admiring all the goodies to my left and right and above my head. I would carefully listen to the adults talking and try and learn the fishing language, or take note of some tips on fishing.

My current tackle shop is out of Bedford town. I support them as much as I can, more so with all the bigger online stores, which in time will destroy our tackle shops. Once those magical fishing shops disappear, they are gone for good.

The first tackle shop I visited was called Dixon Bros.
It is important to be aware that every fishing story...depends on the honesty of those telling it, the accuracy of their memory and the realibility of their interpretation of the circumstances.

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