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    Default Tackle shop visit

    Paid a visit to my local tackle shop yesterday and for the first time ever I came out without buy something.
    I tried out new reels, looked at rods, seats, bags even the lures don’t tempt me, my wallet stayed firmly in my pocket.
    Have I reached the stage where I finally don’t need anything or will the next visit cure me of this?
    When did this last happen to you?

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    Default Re: Tackle shop visit

    Yesterday funnily enough save this time I wanted and indeed bought some maggots! I had a look round and apart from seeing a few expensive rods amongst the usual offerings, there was nothing I wanted! An employee of the store (AD) who I like , helped me work out the weight of super stotz and that the numbering was the same as shot sizes!

    I buy routine stuff like replacement feeders, hooks and the like online because the store whilst 2miles away can take 25 minutes to get there because of traffic chaos in the area!

    It beats going to Sainsbury's though!

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    Default Re: Tackle shop visit

    Ah but they don’t sell mild cheddar cheese, extra large eggs and Apothic red wine.

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    The shop just across the courtyard does except the wine!!!

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    The bulk of my fishing this year has been fly and lure and the local shops just don't stock the items I want so I've been forced into buying off the internet. I like the idea of supporting the local independent tackle shop but apart from the small purchases of line etc it's just not happened this year, I've visited more than once and bought nothing.

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    Default Re: Tackle shop visit

    I suppose I must have but I cant honestly remember ever visiting a ts without buying something. My nearest is now a good 20 min drive for me and parking near the shop is a nightmare so I only really go when there is something specific that I need....or think I need.

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    Default Re: Tackle shop visit

    Even though there's lots of water where I live, it's hard to find the kind of fishing I like (traditional mixed fishing, minimal rules, old or "natural" waters) so I drove out 14 miles to a tackle shop in a small town.

    I asked about the waters on a local club's card, and the owner of the shop, an active and well-informed angler, talked to me for the best part of 20 minutes (someone else served any customers who came in) about the what's, where's and how's of the local fishing. I came out much better informed, and I'm off now to scout out a couple of places.

    I didn't really need anything, but I bought a few items from the small but well-chosen stock that I'd need to replace eventually. You can't get this type of service mail-order, or even, in my experience, from the regional angling supermarkets, and I'll call in again occasionally, even if there are cheaper or more convenient options.

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    Default Re: Tackle shop visit

    I'm surrounded with tackle shops, there are half a dozen that I have used one time or another.
    I use the same one every time I need something.
    Winter is when I stock up with things like feeders and other terminal tackle. It's a time when tackle shops generally are quiet so every sale they make is more appreciated. I also stock up with ground baits and pellets.
    Even times I don't fish I buy dead maggots for my freezer. I buy a few pinkies for the birds.
    If every angler who like me avoids bad weather in the cold would buy a few packets of hooks or other sundries your tackle shop would appreciate your custom.

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    Default Re: Tackle shop visit

    I popped into my local angling shop on Monday. Had a good look around but nothing tempted me. In the end, i walked out with just 4 Kg of cooked Hemp. Even my trolling through pages and pages of eBay listing hasn't tempted me.
    This has never happened I've always had items coming through the letterbox each day. After 50 years of angling have i come to terms that i have everything i need?.
    I see a visit to a nut doctor on the cards very soon.

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    Default Re: Tackle shop visit

    I suffer from tackle-itus where I can’t seem to go into a tackle shop without buying a couple of packets of hooks even if I don’t really need them, and if the shop has a good selection of traditional wagglers then I will find myself buying five or six of them as well.

    You can guarantee that if I really needed something then the shop wouldn’t have any left on the shelf, but I will still end up leaving the shop with some un-needed hooks or floats.

    Im getting better though as it used to be un-needed rods or reels that I used to buy.

    Keith
    Last edited by Keith M; 25-10-2018 at 14:06.
    Happiness is fish shaped (It used to be woman shaped but the wife is getting on a bit now)

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