& TACKLE SOURCES
few of the lures mentioned in this book (jerkbaits
in particular) are not currently listed in the
catalogues of the three major suppliers. These
are still only available from the U.S. I know
that ordering from the 'States can seem like
an attractive proposition - prices seeming so
much lower than in the U.K. However, by the
time you have added freight charges, V.A.T.
and so on, the saving is not always too great.
Orders usually have to be quite large to be
cost effective. The delay in receiving goods
can be six weeks or more at times, and what
do you do if there's a problem? The biggest
benefit of using a U.S. catalogue (or should
that be catalog?) is variety. Not only are there
more lures to choose from, but the choice colours
and sizes of individual baits is much wider
too. U.K. dealers can only afford to run a limited
selection for each lure as our market is so
greatest benefit to buying from U.K. dealers
is that your lures turn up within the week,
which is when you tend to want them, and you
can buy in dribs and drabs. You can, for example,
order a new lure on a Monday, try it out on
the Wednesday, and have a couple more in your
box by weekend should it live up to your expectations.
Let's face it, we are all impatient when it
comes to trying out our latest lure discoveries.
downside to importing, and one that should
be borne in mind for the future of lure fishing,
is that if everyone were to do this the U.K.
dealers would soon give up. I feel certain
that this would set the growth of lure fishing
in Britain back ten years. Only by anglers
supporting our tackle trade can it grow. I
buy what I can from the U.K. catalogues, and
only import lures, or other equipment, that
is otherwise unobtainable.
with all the above in mind I give you the
names and addresses of the dealers I recommend,
in no particular order, both U.K. and U.S.
There are also a number of lure makers who
advertise in British magazines from time to
time. These people are well worth contacting
as they can often oblige with custom lure
Friendly Fisherman, Harris Angling and Quality
Fishing Plugs also supply lures to the retail
trade. Why not talk your local tackle dealer
into stocking some of the lures mentioned
in this book? Harris Angling and The Friendly
Fisherman run their own ranges of lure rods,
as well as importing them from America. However,
the baitcasting rods that I recommend are,
quite naturally, those from my own D.L. Specialist
range! The number of big pike that have been
caught by customers using my lure rods tells
me that there are already plenty of people
out there catching big pike on artificials.