© 2013 Mark Leggett.
The Alternative Tackle Company

Images courtesy of Malcolm Anderson
(http://www.nadder-diary.net/) & suppliers

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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, 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 1st February 2015

Its been while since my last update and newsletter.
In fact way too long, for which I am sorry. The delay has been partly due to software conflict issues I needed to address but mainly because I’ve been busy looking for and adding new suppliers and product lines to the alternativetackle list. I’m now catching up and will be adding more new pages and new products to the website in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile my list of items available for sale and my stock of demo rods has been steadily growing.
I am now privileged and very excited to be able to offer Stickman rods to order through alternativetackle.com and have two two demo rods available to add to my CF Burkheimer demo rods. You can find full details of these rods and the full range of the superb European made Stickman graphite fly rods on the new Stickman Fly Rods page HERE.
George Minuclete’s second Tightloop rod is on its way to me and should be arriving any day. This one is finished on a Winston GVX graphite blank and is an 8ft 6in 4wt 4piece. This rod is a superb example of George’s rod making skills. This rod is available to buy now and full details are on the Tightloop page.
George and I are still in discussion about the best options for a demo. rod for him to send for me. His page will be updated as soon as we (me really!) finally make a decision.
Christian Horgren's has TWO Fine Tackle Rods newly listed on his page.The latest is an 8ft. 4wt. 3 piece rod, built on the very popular Epic 804 fibreglass blank and the other rod is an 8ft. 6wt. 3 piece rod, built on a CTS Quartz series fibreglass blank. Both these rods showcase Christians exceptional craftsmanship and design skills and are available for immediate delivery. Full details on Christian’s Fine Tackle rod page. I should also receive a new Demo rod from Christian within the next few weeks and details will be posted on his page and announced here as soon as it arrives.
There is only one of Graeme Robertson's handmade hardwood landing nets left now and Graeme has very kindly agreed to offer that one for sale on the Wild Trout Trust annual auction, next month. Full details will follow soon. James Smart has also generously agreed to donate his 6ft 6ins 4wt 2 piece 2 tip bamboo rod listed on the site to the Wild Trout Trust annual auction.
Luke Bannister's traditional taper Leonard rod is here and available to buy now and has been added to his web page. Luke’s traditional tapers are often overshadowed buy his Superfast Rods but are beautifully smooth and elegant fishing rods that deserve more recognition.
There is way too much stuff happening behind the scenes to mention it all here now; but I must make a special mention of the first of the new Moran Rod Company rods from Calum Gladstone, which should be arriving within the next few weeks. I will update his page and confirm details in a special www.alternativetackle news bulletin as soon as the rods get here.
I will continue to be very busy on the website for the next 2-3 months, mainly adding the new product pages; but also updating not only the website but changing the emphasis and methodology of the way alternativetackle functions. You should now be able to see more frequent changes and additions to the website and follow my progress. More information and full details will be published here and in newsletters to follow. Please keep visiting or…
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Mark Leggett (1st February 2015).
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Lytham, Lancashire

Fine Print

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 alternativetackle.com.
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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