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www.alternativetackle.com

About

The Alternative Tackle Company offers a unique range of carefully selected, innovative, high quality, fly fishing tackle.
Many of these products are of little commercial interest to mainstream retailers and so are very hard to find.
This website aims to be a source for those searching for these rare and special items and also to provide a market place and resource for the dedicated and talented individuals who produce them. It’s a tough job, but I think its very important that somebody does it...
Alternative Tackle is a one man enterprise and was born in 2007. It has seen many changes and challenges since its conception, but the passion and commitment to the mission has remained constant. Please get in touch if you'd like to know more about the company, or about me.You can find out more about Alternative Tackle's carefully selected range of bamboo, fibreglass and graphite fly rods, titanium and aluminium fly reels and selection of useful (often) and beautiful (mostly) other stuff, in the SITE MENU.
If you know of or have a product, that you think should be added to the site, if have any questions, or just want to chat, Please CONTACT ME.
To keep up to date with all that's happening on the website please, sign up to the newsletter. The newsletter will be published one week before the website gets updated so subscribers get advance notification of new products and product availability...

Thank you for your interest,
Mark Leggett.

Update July 18th 2014

LATEST:
The Big News. Calum Gladstone will finally be able to honour Tom Moran's wishes and will be resurrecting The Moran Rod Company, which Tom was very pleased to leave in Calum's capable hands. Calum will start to produce Moran Rod Company fly rods in the coming months and I will publish separate newsletter bulletins to keep you updated.... starting with the first bulletin in the next couple of days.
More Rod Makers. I've managed to recruit a couple more custom rod makers to the alternativetackle stable. One of these new makers is UK based and makes both bamboo and fibreglass rods, and comes very highly recommended. I expect to be able to add a page for him on the website in the autumn, with the first rods becoming available sometime towards the end of the year. The other new addition is George Dan Minculete of Tightloop Fly Rods. George is based in Transylvania and is an established and very respected rod maker. He works with both glass and graphite blanks and his finished rods are amongst the best that you will find anywhere. The first of the Tightloop rods for alternativetackle.com should become available in 2-3 months and you can expect to receive a special news bulletin with more details about George and his rods in the next few days, with his new page on the website to follow.
Demo. Rods. I've recently received two new CF Burkheimer demo. rods: 8ft 3in 3wt. and 8ft 9in 4wt. 4 piece DAL trout rods in vintage (low flash black satin) finish. If you'd like to have a play with one (or both) of these rods Please CONTACT ME. I plan to get a video of them on to the CF Burkheimer page as soon as I can...
AVAILABLE NOW:
Christian Horgen / Fine Tackle. Christian has just finished another Fine Tackle rod for www.alternativetackle.com. This one is a James green 10ft 7wt 4 piece switch rod and is available now. Christian describes it as "...a powerful and smooth rod for grilse, pike, big brownies or whatever large you can find out there. Capable of throwing the whole line with very little effort." The price is USD $695 (GBP £410 / EURO €515) . The rod will be shipped direct to its new home from Christian's workshop. I can see this rod being of special interest to a couple of Welsh seatrout fishers I know! You can find details of this rod on the Fine Tackle page.
The Second Batch of Christian's "The Can" fly reels is now available but is disappearing fast... I reccomend that you CONTACT ME if you want to get your hands on one. New images have now been added to his reels page.
Luke Bannister. Luke has finished the Superfast 6ft. 3wt. he's been making for alternativetackle.com. This is a flamed, 2 piece 1 tip. hollow built rod, with pressed nodes and a down locking sliding reel seat over cork. I have this rod here and will be getting more mages and a video made for Luke's page soon. Please CONTACT ME if you'd like to know more
Leen Huisman LH Design Bamboo Rods and Titanium Fly Reels. Leen Huisman has a LH Design bamboo rod available. Leen says that this is "A lovely, sweet action 3/4 Wt 2 pc. 8 Ft. bamboo flyrod with one tip. It can be delivered in a rod bag or with bag in a leather tube." Leen also says he wants to offer this rod at a special price...Please CONTACT ME if you'd like to know more.
Leen also has a very special hand engraved "Tarpon" L H Design fly reel available.
Leens description is as follows: "The Saltwater reel # 9/10, Diameter 100 mm. Weight 321 grams.
This is a single reel from the complete Saltwater Series, it comes in a presentation box made from walnut with an engraved Titanium plate on top. The box is covered with a fleece pouch with LHDesign logo. The reel features a closed central drag block with an astonishing smooth performance. The complete reel and all its parts are made from pure Titanium grade 2. The freehand engraving being a timeless piece of art."
Both Leen's rod and his reel have been added to his LH Design rods and LH Design reels pages.
COMING NEXT:
I should receive another Fine Tackle Demo. rod from Christian in the next couple of months as well as my first Tightloop "stock" and demo rods from George Minculete. and Luke Bannister has started a traditional 4wt. Leonard taper rod for alternativetackle.com with a superfast 7ft 4wt to follow. I also hope to have more information about the new wooden landing nets soon.
Lots more to come....CONTACT ME if you'd like to know more.
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Mark Leggett (18th July 2014).
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In addition to any manufacturer's guarantee, any product bought from The Alternative Tackle Company that does not meet with your satisfaction can be returned within 14 days of receipt (in the same condition as you received it), for a full refund or replacement. A full after sales service is provided for any issues that may arise. Each case will be treated as is appropriate to it's individual circumstances.
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