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  1. #41
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    Default Re: Tackle Shops You've Known and (maybe) Loved,

    Bait all tackle in Fermoy, Cork was where my first fly rod came from when I was 7-8 years old and many a spinner and tub of worms was bought from there when I was even younger than that. Sadly shut down a few months ago.

    Also Stockport fly fishing which was my local tackle shop. Tony’s open days and support really helped me at the beginning when I was maybe 10 years old and I was a regular customer up until it closed. Sadly the last time I heard Tony wasn’t doing so well.

    Current favourite is Peter Arfields shop in Bakewell. He’s a really nice guy and a quality fisherman and his shop is an absolute treasure trove.

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    Billy Lanes in Coventry. Shop always had customers in. Billy had won as many angling matches and championships that all his silverware was kept in a bank vault. Billy stood at the far end of the counter talking to all his old buddies but he always had time to give advice when requested for.
    His sons ran the shop and knew every water in the area and were always ready with information on how said waters were fishing.
    For those days it was a large shop full of tackle. When I made the conversion from course fishing to trout I bought all my gear from Billy. When I started flytying I bought them from Billy.



    My first rod was a Billy Lane 12ft Match rod, bought in mid 70s as a Christmas present. Blast from the past

    The first tackle shop I used in the 70s was Beeston matchman nr Nottingham. I probally wasn't one of the big spenders though buying a intrepid reel, couple of ainsley bombs and 1/2 pint of maggots. I now live within a mile of Walkers of Trowell,but buying on a budget usually means an online purchase
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    Has anyone mentioned Foster's of Ashbourne?

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    Redneck mentioned Intrepid spinning reels, bought my first one (well my parents did ) from Cafaros in Glasgow, what an Aladdin's cave that was. I also remember the posh shop off Buchanan street, somebody mentioned it earlier in this thread, maybe Martin's ? and also Robertson's. In slightly more recent times I have fond memories of dearly departed Danny of Danny's Den in Yoker whose son still posts on here now and again ( Paulfish). Danny was not only a really nice guy, he would only sell decent equipment like Cortland or Snowbee lines. Good advice was free, as in all good shops. The previous owner of the shop was also a great guy, Jimmy or James he was known as, an avid sea trout fisherman on the Leven. I can't remember the name of the shop when he owned it although I should. I doubt very much we'll have owners like this again.

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    Used to use a tackle shop in Elm Row in Edinburgh, can't remember what the real name was as we just called it Ernie's as the owner was called Ernie. He had everything you could possibly need. Country Life at Balgreen became another favourite in later years. There was another good shop in Roseburn, a mate worked there. It had a great variety of stock to look at and ocassionally buy ☺ee

    Mikes in Portobello wasa huge place compared to the older style shop, now even Mikes is gone with the new Edinburgh Angling Centre probably the only place left in Edinburgh.

    The only 'old style' shop in the area I'd Fishers in Penicuik, an excellent 'proper' angling shop. Well worth supporting in the hope it fights off the bigger competition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by minstrel View Post
    Redneck mentioned Intrepid spinning reels, bought my first one (well my parents did ) from Cafaros in Glasgow, what an Aladdin's cave that was. I also remember the posh shop off Buchanan street, somebody mentioned it earlier in this thread, maybe Martin's ? and also Robertson's. In slightly more recent times I have fond memories of dearly departed Danny of Danny's Den in Yoker whose son still posts on here now and again ( Paulfish). Danny was not only a really nice guy, he would only sell decent equipment like Cortland or Snowbee lines. Good advice was free, as in all good shops. The previous owner of the shop was also a great guy, Jimmy or James he was known as, an avid sea trout fisherman on the Leven. I can't remember the name of the shop when he owned it although I should. I doubt very much we'll have owners like this again.
    Very kind words mate and I hope you are doing well. My dad counted a good number of his customers as friends. He is sorely missed. There were certainly plenty of characters who frequented the shop, many of whom had a brilliant impact on my young angling career and some I still fish with today.
    The previous owner of the shop was Jimmy Kent. It was known as ‘Kents’ at that time. My dad bought it from Jimmys wife Nancy.

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    If you're in Oregon (or they'll mail anywhere, including the UK) this THE FLY shop: Welches, Oregon is exactly in the middle of 'no-where' but they talk fish all day long.

    The Fly Fishing Shop - Home | Facebook
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    Quote Originally Posted by minstrel View Post
    Redneck mentioned Intrepid spinning reels, bought my first one (well my parents did ) from Cafaros in Glasgow, what an Aladdin's cave that was. ......
    My first fixed spool reel was an Intrepid Elite bought from Keeling's in Monmouth that saw many year's use until I upgraded to a Mitchel 300.

    Many years later a friend and I shared the lease on a short Wye beat by which time I'd converted to the "standard" Wye salmon reel of ABU Ambassadeur multiplier but my mate had not salmon fished before and had a Mitchel fixed spool that I was always telling him wasn't up to the job. One day he came down to watch me fish, I quickly hooked a decent MSW fish that decided to go back to sea and smoked over 100 yards straight off the reel against a fair bit of drag, my friend didn't say a word but left the bank, went straight down to Keeling's and came out with an ABU!!
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    “There is no more lovely country than Monmouthshire in early spring. Nowhere do the larks sing quite so passionately, as if somehow inspired by the Welsh themselves. There is a blackbird on every thorn and a cock chaffinch, a twink as they call him there, on every bush...... It moved me profoundly. I had been spared to see another spring, and I thank God for it.”

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