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Support Your Local Tackle Shop!

It seems as the GB PLC is in a pretty bad state of affairs right now. Talk of  the “green shoots” of recovery have been a little premature to say the least. With doom and gloom seeming to be the buzz words I was really, really happy to go to a shop opening today. This wasn’t any old shop though, this was a new fly fishing tackle shop. The even better news is that they are just down from me in Crediton…


Fly Fishing Tackle is run by Howard, Helen and Kirsty. They already have a great online fly fishing tackle business but have decided that the opportunity of a new premises was too great and has allowed them to open their doors to the public. I often popped into their old place to have a quick cuppa, talk fishing and pick up some fishing gear but it didn’t lend itself as well to walk-in trade. Despite this there always seemed a steady stream of visitors and I guess this must have helped in the descision to have a proper retail premises. The new place is just a couple of seconds walk from Crediton High street and is large, airy and light it is packed with a very large variety of tackle to suit all pockets and all levels of experience. You are always assured a warm welcome and I think I overheard Howard mention sofas and coffee pots. I think they will find it hard for me to get out of there during the closed fishing season if this is the case!!

L to R   Kirsty, Howard and Helen

L to R Kirsty, Howard and Helen

The thing I noticed was the shop already has a really nice atmosphere. To me as a punter this is really important as you don’t want to walk into a place to spend some of your hard earned cash and you are made to feel like you are doing the shop owner a favour. There is little chance of that here and it is a real pleasure to visit. So it probably sounds like I am gushing about the place a bit and you know what, I am. The reason for this is that I have nothing but respect for a company that is bucking the current trend and trying to have a go and even better it is a fishing shop. With online auction sites offering a way to get a bargain some might argue there is no need for a tackle shop but when that bargain goes wrong or isn’t what you thought it was you’re stuck. You might end up paying a tiny bit more with a tackle shop but you also get advice, back up, the chance to handle or even better still try the equipment and if you are really lucky you might get a cup of tea! So in these hard times when you are considering a tackle purchase I really hope that you might consider popping into your car and supporting your local retailer. I’m signing off and wish the guys all the best of luck but I have a feeling they won’t need it!

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One Response to “Support Your Local Tackle Shop!”

  1. Howard Thresher Says:


    Thanks for such kind words about our new enterprise. Tea and coffee already an option – sofas to follow!

    We had such a great response to our preview day we know that we are on the right track and will be providing a meaningful westcountry flyfishing resource.

    We will start Monday morning on a real high.

    Howard, Helen and Kirsty