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Study of Local Conditions - Capital Required - How to Buy Stock - Flies for Streams - How to Keep the Stock - Percentage of Profit - Sea-fishing Tackle - Repairs

A woman who starts this business, or adds it as a new branch to some other business already established, will probably do so because she is acquainted with anglers living in the near neighbourhood.

Indeed, this should be a condition of her starting it at all, because a stock of fishing tackle varies according to the demand of the particular district, and the beginner is not likely to know what that demand is unless she is acquainted with those who go to the water's edge or uses the rod and line herself.

To buy stock from a manufacturer's catalogue at random, without regard to the needs of local conditions, is nothing short of suicidal. The connection will always be one gained and kept together by the power of personal touch, the clientele consisting of those who will like to talk over the counter to sympathetic ears of the latest local catch and of its distinctive features as compared with a previous one.

A woman should, in reality, fish the waters herself if she wishes to make a success of this new branch, and in that way she will come into contact with her customers.

Capital And Stock

Two or three hundred pounds will suffice to start a fishing tackle business, but if it is to be added as a new branch to an existing business - say an established tobacconist's - then a hundred pounds, or even less, would answer the purpose.

The following list of goods prepared by the proprietor of a successful fishing tackle business gives an idea of the stock required at the start.

The figures after the headlines indicate the amount that should be spent in each section in an outlay of 100.

Stock of Rods, 20

Greenheart, 3-piece, 11 ft. and 12 ft., light fly, with bronzed winch fittings and butt cap, 7s. 6d. to 30s.

Hickory butt, ash centre, and lancewood top, 11 ft. and 12 ft., with brass winch fittings and butt cap, 3s. to 6s.

Ash and lancewood top, 9 ft. to 11 ft., 6d. to 2S. 6d.

Stock of Reels, 10

Revolving plate, 2 in. to 3 in., 4s. 6d. to

7s. 6d.

Bronzed crank, 2 in. to 3 in., 3s. to 4s. 6d. Brass crank, 2 in. to 2 1/2 in., 2s. 6d. to 4s. Brass, American, 1 1/2 in. to 2 1/2 in., 6d. to 2s.

Stock of Rod Fittings, 3 10s.

Brass and bronzed butt caps, assorted sizes.

Brass and bronzed ferrules and counters, mixed sizes.

Winch fittings, assorted sizes, both brass and bronzed.

German silver rings, keepers, and hitchers.

End top rings and steel snake rings.

Stock of Lines, 5

Waterproof silk, in 20, 25, and 30 yard boxes.

Plaited hemp, in same lengths, on boards. Plaited hemp for pike, 40 yard, on boards. Barked, at 1d. to 4d., for juveniles.

Floats and Nets, 3 10S. Cork and egg-shaped floats. Landing-nets in assorted sizes. Folding rings in assorted sizes. Handles, bamboo and ash, 4 ft. long. Nets with folding ring and handles, to sell at 3s. to 4s. 6d. complete.

Gut Cast Lines, etc., 15

Gut cast lines, 3 yards long, tapered.

Gut cast lines, 1 yard and 2 yards, heavy, for bait fishing.

Gut traces, 2-swivel, 1 1/2 yards.

Gut traces, 3-swivel, 2 yards.

Traces, gimp, 2-swivel, \\ yards.

Traces, steel, 2-swivel, 1 1/2 yards.

Gut, in hanks of 100, undrawn, heavy, medium, and fine.

Gut, in hanks of 100, drawn.

Hooks to gut and to gimp, assorted.

Stewart tackle and Thompson tackle, assorted.

Pike hooks, double wire, assorted.

Hooks, loose, in 100 packets, assorted.

Flies for Streams, 5

Teal and red, teal and green, teal and yellow, woodcock and hare's ear, woodcock and red body, woodcock and green body, woodcock and yellow body, March brown (male and female), butcher, Greenwell's Glory, pheasant back, cow dung, bustard, May fly, July dun, August dun, olive dun, blue dun, whirling dun, grouse and claret, black gnat, blae and hare's ear, blae and yellow.

Flies for Lake, 5

Teal and red, yellow and green, butcher, silver doctor, nuen, Greenwell's Glory, woodcock and red, woodcock and green, woodcock and yellow, blae and black, grouse and claret, grouse and green, grouse and orange, Heckham Peckham Professor, pheasant and yellow, Alexandra, sand fly.

Other Stock, 33

Baskets,. white, No. 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. Books, 6-in., two pockets, retail at 1s., 1S. 6d., 2s., 2s. 6d.; also leather, 7-in., two pocket, to sell at 3s. to 7s. 6d; minnows, artificial, silk phanborous, assorted sizes;

Devon silver, assorted; Devon gold, assorted; Devon bronzed, assorted; and screw tail. Spoon baits, silver back, copper inside, assorted; the same, but red inside, and also spoon baits with feather on hooks. Arch spinners, for trout, salmon, and pike. Sinkers, split shot, 1d. boxes. Swivels, steel and brass, assorted sizes. Basket straps, 1S. to 2S., retail. Assorted water-proof bags, 3s. to 7s. 6d. retail. Leads, pear-shaped, weighing 3 oz., 5 oz., 1/2 lb.,

3/4 lb., 1 lb. Leads, mackerel, pear-shaped,

2 lb.

How To Keep The Stock

A stock of fishing-tackle, made up as it is of so many small items, requires carefully arranging, or many pounds' worth may be lost. Plenty of shelves should be provided, and small cardboard boxes, duly labelled, in which the small stuff is placed, should be arranged upon them. Empty collar-boxes will serve the purpose well, and can usually be procured from the local outfitter's with little trouble. If some such plan as this be adopted no loss will be sustained, and each article will be ready to hand when the customer comes in. In purchasing the stock the fishing tackle dealer must take care not to buy more than she is likely to sell in one season. Stuff held over to a following season depreciates very much, and may have to be thrown away. This will, of course, seriously affect the profits, which should be calculated on all classes at fifty per cent.

Sea Fishing

If our dealer is doing business near the sea, she will not need to lay out more than 15 for stock, which will include the following items :

Ash rods, 2-joint, 9 ft. to 12 ft., 2s. to 5s.; bamboo rods, 3-joint, to sell at 6d. and 1S.; hemp lines, in hanks, from 1d. to 6d.; hemp lines on reels, mounted with hooks and leads, 6d. and 1S.; hooks on common hair, assorted sizes; hooks on twisted hair, assorted sizes; hooks, tinned, in 100 packets, assorted; spinners, mackerel, assorted; sand eels, and large sea flies, to sell at 1d. and 2d. each.

Repairs

The repairing department is one that should be added sooner or later. In the case of a man running the tackle dealer's business, he may himself be in a position to do the work required, and thus increase his profits considerably. But if there be a good connection, arrangements may be made with a man of experience, who could do the work off the premises until there is sufficient of it to justify the shopkeeper in employing a working assistant altogether. The cost of fitting up a workroom should not exceed 10, and the following items must be included in the equipment :

Bench, bench vice, drilling machine and drills, 3 1/2 in. centre-turning lathe and tools, trying plane, jack plane, hand plane, Stanley iron plane, spokeshave, files and sundries.