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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, have any questions, or just want to chat, Please CONTACT ME.

Thank you for your interest,
Mark Leggett.


The long awaited site update and relaunch is now complete
There is now a lot more active content, improved functionality and product ranges, with more "Buy Now" products available, complimenting the wide range of custom order products.
Among the new products that have been added are; Bamboo rods from english rod maker James Smart and Superb fibreglass rods by Swedish custom rod maker Christian Horgren of Fine Tackle.
New product pages will continue to be added, beginning with graphite rods designed and built in the UK by Steve Parkes of Atom Six fly rods and Scott fly rods and custom shop (including the new Scott Radian fly rod range). I will also be adding Italian rod maker Moreno Borriero's Mbrods bamboo rods to the site. Leen Huisman has been very busy in his workshop and has a variety of finished products available… there is a list of rods for immediate delivery listed on the LHDesign rod page and there will also be a list of reels published on his new LHDesign reel page. Luke Bannister's furled leaders will also soon be added as part of a whole new "Other Stuff" section.
There is a lot more to come, so please keep re-visiting the site or you can sign up to the mailing list (below) to receive the Newsletter (edition#1 just published). You can also explore the new FORUM page too…

Updated February 2014.
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+44 (0)1253 808447
+44 (0)7941 313329

4 Cleveland Road,
Lytham, Lancs.
FY8 5JH. UK.

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Items available from stock can be bought direct using's shopping cart. Just press the "Buy Now" button on the product's page. If you prefer you can call me to make your purchase over the phone. I can accept payment by bank transfer, cheque, Pay Pal and credit or debit card.
Details of how to make a custom order can be found on the Cart page. Custom orders may take awhile to complete. I will let you know how long that will be & keep you updated of any changes. To discuss options or for all custom order requests, please CONTACT ME.
Any product available from stock will normally be shipped within 24 hours of the order being received. The shopping cart incorporates shipping charges but if in doubt, please ask.
Custom order shipping is charged separately and at cost & all items are sent fully insured. I use a very efficient, secure and cost effective shipping agent to make sure all orders are received safely and promptly.
For items shipped outside of the European Union, the customer is responsible for paying all local import duties and taxes on receipt.
The Alternative Tackle Guarantee…
I offer the following guarantee so that you can buy with confidence from
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.
All prices are in line with the retail prices set by the supplier or distributor.
Where products are imported from outside the EU, prices are based on the suppliers listed retail price with shipping, import duties and UK VAT added.
Wherever practicable, items listed on this website are available for immediate delivery. Some of the products are made to order only & therefore not held in stock. Individual product pages provide information on whether an item is available from stock, or to order. Additionally as many sample items as I can get hold of are held for you to see and to try. Please CONTACT ME for details.....
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The Alternative Tackle Company is committed to safeguarding your privacy and security online. No financial details are stored and your personal information is not shared with anyone. Advanced internet security technology is used to safeguard your personal data & the shopping cart uses McAfee Secure daily scanning service and the entire checkout process is secured by COMODO TrustLogo, real-time Identity Assurance infrastructure.
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The Alternative Tackle Company

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