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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.


With deep regret I have to announce that Tom Moran has been diagnosed as being terminally ill with cancer. Tom's response to his illness has been inspirational and he has remained positive and in good humour. It is very important to him ensure the continued existence of The Moran Rod Company and to keep his significant legacy to the world of bamboo fly rods alive. To this end, he has put plans in place which he is very happy with and which have given him considerable peace of mind.
I find it difficult to know what more to say as I consider Tom a friend and his diagnosis has been difficult to come to terms with. My role through has been to support Tom's rod making to the best of my ability and I will continue to do so in the future by doing all I can to ensure that Tom's plans for the continuation of The Moran Rod Company come to fruition and help to keep his memory and legacy alive. I hope to be able to publish more details here in the coming weeks.
Christian Horgren of Fine Tackle has finished the first of the rods he has made for sale through alternative tackle. This rod is made on a white McFarland 8ft 5wt blank, and showcases Christian's minimalist style and exquisite craftsmanship and design skills perfectly and is available to buy now. He has also recently sent me a demo rod to show to anyone who is interested. Details of these rods are available on the Fine Tackle page.
Luke Bannister is in the process of making a Superfast 6ft. 3wt. which he will send to me on completion. This rod will be flamed 2 piece. hollow built with pressed nodes and will have a down locking sliding reel seat over cork. More details and pics. on Luke's page.
James Smart
has also started a new rod for me, which will be a 7ft 4wt 2 piece with 2 tips. More details and pics will follow soon and I will update his page as soon as they arrive.
The latest pieces of magic from the workshop of Leen Huisman are also now available...
The the first is a 6 ft. 3ins 2 Pc. 1Tip, 5wt. asymmetric rod (butt 66 cm & tip 126 cm), which is available for immediate shipping ( delivery in @ 5-10 working days). Details on the LH Design rods page. He also has a couple of "special projects" in the shape of 2 "Gut Twisters", for those of you who want to make your own leaders. You can find details on the LH Design Special Projects page in the new "Stuff" section.
In the reels section I've now added a MEGOFF Fly Reels page and Christian Horgren's "The Can" reel from DAP reels. Finally there is a new video added to the CFBurkheimer page
Rods from;
Steve Parkes' Atom Six fly rods, Scott fly rods and Italian bamboo rod maker Moreno Borriero's Mbrods. Fly Reels; from Waterworks Lamson. & More in the new Stuff section; starting with Luke Bannister's furled leaders soon to be followed by English hand made wooden landing nets from Graeme Roberts, a new Recycled Waders page.... and more. Please watch this space or sign up to the newsletter below for updates.

Mark Leggett (16th April 2014).
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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.
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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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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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