No matter your needs as a fly fishing angler, terminal tackle really is the business end of any angler’s set up as it is the first bit of kit that will come into direct contact with your fish. We, here at Angling Direct stock a huge range of gear for constructing your perfect terminal tackle setup and hook your next personal best fish.
Hooks are classified based on their size, with the smallest hook having the largest number and the biggest hook the smallest number which is universal across all freshwater angling. Picking a hook that is the right size for the fish you are targeting is extremely important as a hook too big won’t be able to fit in its mouth but too small, and the hook won’t hold or even risk hurting the fish. Consideration of bait is also wise when picking a hook.
You also have the gape of the hook to consider, which is the distance between the shank of the hook and the point. A hook with a larger gape might be preferable when you’re tackling a larger fish or when presenting a bulkier bait. You also have the choice of the traditional barbed hook or a more fish-friendly barbless hook. If you’re sea fishing or predator fishing you might also want to consider using a multi-hook, which has two or three points. Brands like Greys, Leeda and Wychwood all sell well.
To assist in strengthening and fly tying a hook for UK conditions, we sell braided loops. These are great for anglers a little hard of seeing and to give that extra strength for those fish that lunge onto your fly.
Rigs and Rig Bits
Whether you want to craft your own or use a ready-made setup, we have a huge range of rig choice for you. There are loads of different styles of rig, each with their own benefits and downfalls and best suited to a specific form of fishing. Some examples of different rig names that you’ll see banded around are zig rig, chod rig, pop-up rig, pennel rig, and trace rigs. We have a range of putties, hair stops, bait bands, beads, lead clips, float stops, and much more to allow you to tailor your rig, making sure that you can experience success on the bank.
Leaders, Tubing, Swivels, and Links
Leaders are the sections of line that attach your rig section to the rest of your mainline and tend to be of a more abrasive material than your mainline. Leaders come in different breaking strains, too light and your leader could snap, losing you trout but potentially saving your leads and mainline. Too heavy and the leader could lose you you're mainline and cause a hook pull, but it is less likely to be weakened by fish with teeth. Tubing is essential in preventing your line from damaging the fish and modern tubing technology ensures that you can benefit from a supple and camouflaged edition to your terminal tackle setup.
Swivels and links allow you to create your own rig setup more precisely, allowing you to modify your rig to your exacting needs. A swivel will allow the independent movement of one section of your rig from the other, whereas a link generally keeps everything moving together as it doesn’t allow for as much twist and rotation.
Oils and Glides
Whether you need fly fishing reel grease or some silicone oil spray to make that line smoothly leave your reel without the slightest friction or from glide coating to protect your flies from the water and assist with floating techniques, you can find the right tackle here.
Our range also includes isotopes, for low light level fishing; hooks-to-nylon; knot tyers, for anglers with clumsy fingers; pole elastic; and crimps.