Graham's Vintage Tackle

Contact, Terms & Ordering Info.


Graham Pepler (owner & general dogsbody, aka "Grumpy Graham", formerly of Davis Tackle, Christchurch)


North East Dorset, England

01202 813993 or if no reply try my mobile 07866 429222 
...or from overseas dial your exit code (usually 00 or 011) followed by 44 1202 813993  or  44 7866 429222

Enquiries by eMail (except free valuations) mail @ (with no gaps). 

Free Valuations:

For a verbal valuation or if you are considering selling your tackle please phone 0845 519 6308 or 01202 813993.

I am happy to give valuations by 'phone - BUT NOT BY EMAIL - I'm sorry but I don't have the time to enter into lengthy correspondence by eMail - so if you'd like to pick my brains or get an instant valuation, please 'phone me! To save time, and your telephone bill, please make precise notes of all details of any maker's labels or inscriptions and accurately measure each item before phoning (Imperial measurements please, I don't do Metric!). In the case of rods, please accurately measure the individual sections as well as the overall length when assembled, that is very important so no guesses please or you could end up with an incorrect valuation! For fly reels and centrepins please measure the diameter of the drum, the backplate and the width between the drum plates and have a tape measure or ruler handy when phoning so that you can answer my questions accurately. I may then be able to suggest an approximate value, but would normally need to to examine the item/s before making a firm offer.

If, after examining the item, I make you an acceptable offer, I will pay you immediately. If we fail to agree a price because you had not described the item/s accurately, or if you simply want a valuation, you will be responsible for the return postage (plus insurance if required)

Please note that well-used or even damaged items may be of interest but I rarely buy tackle that has been "mucked about with" or modified, so please try to describe your item/s accurately and do not attempt to clean, polish, paint, varnish or repair them! An honest "patina" is always preferable to a cleaned or polished finish and slightly damaged items are preferable to badly repaired or re-painted ones.

Prices & Availability:

Prices of items for sale are in Pounds Sterling (GBP) and are subject to change (up or down) without notice. However, these web pages are regularly updated so most items (unless marked "sold" or "reserved") are currently available at the advertised prices.
Overseas customers can check current exchange rates here.

Weights & Measures:

Weights, measures & descriptions quoted for items for sale are approximate and are intended for guidance only. If you spot a mistake, please let me know so that I can correct it.

ON-LINE Ordering:

My secure on-line payment server is who accept most cards including Amex...

If ordering on-line for delivery within the UK simply click the button and follow instructions*. UK delivery charges will be added automatically, and if I can combine items to save delivery costs I will refund any overpayment.

Alternatively, please request a PayPal Invoice - ideal if ordering several items, or if delivery is to addresses outside the UK.

Either way, the transaction will be processed by PayPal and it is not necessary to open a PayPal account. If you would prefer to pay by card simply choose the "Check Out as a Guest" option.

PayPal will only inform me of the item/s ordered together with your name, address &contact details so that I can complete your order. Under no circumstances will your credit card or bank details be passed on to me.

*If the item ordered is no longer available (eg. if someone else has purchased the item a short while before you) your payment will be refunded, usually the same day.

If you are unable to complete the transaction with PayPal, or if you would prefer to discuss your order before making payment, please see my OFF-LINE ordering options below...

OFF-LINE Ordering:

Cash: payments in GB Pounds or US Dollars are welcome but please note that cash sent by post is at your risk and should be insured (Special Delivery is ideal for sending cash within the UK).

Cheques, Bank Drafts, Postal Orders & Bank Transfers from UK Banks are welcome but must be in Pounds Sterling. If paying by cheque, please allow 4 business days for clearance.

PayPal: I can arrange for a PayPal "Money Request" to be sent to you by eMail and you don't have to open a PayPal account... Paypal will allow you to "check out as guest" which means you can pay them by credit or debit card without incuring any fees.

& Wire Transfers are accepted for export orders, but must be in Pounds Sterling (GBP) and will normally incur additional costs.

To discuss, please 'phone me on 0845 519 6308  =  +44 845 519 6308 from overseas.

UK Delivery:

All items are sent at my risk (unless agreed otherwise).

To check the total price including UK delivery of any item simply click the PayPal "Buy Now" button.

Depending on item size, weight & value, one of the following delivery charges will normally be applied...

GBP 2.00 to 5.00 (1st Class) for most small items priced at GBP 20.00 or less.

GBP 4.00 to 6.00 (2nd Class or Hermes) for most heavy items priced at GBP 20.00 or less.

GBP 6.00 (1st Class "Signed For") for most reels etc. priced GBP 21.00 to 100.00 

GBP 8.00 to 9.00 (Next Day "Special Delivery")  for most reels etc. priced GBP 101.00 to 500.00

GBP 9.00 to 10.00 (Next Day "Special Delivery") for most reels priced GBP 501 to 1,000.00

GBP 12.00 (Next Day "Special Delivery" or DHL or UPS) for most reels priced GBP 1,001 to 2,500.00 

GBP 7.00 to 10.00 (Royal Mail "Signed For" or Hermes) for most heavy or bulky items except rods.

GBP 25.00 to 35.00 for most rods* depending on size & post-code.

If ordering more than one item I will combine them if possible to save delivery costs and refund any over-payment.

Most items are despatched next working day for delivery the following working day*

I am happy to discuss delivery arrangements to suit your particular needs.

Orders paid for by cheque may not be sent until clearance has been confirmed.

* Exceptions:- 
Orders for heavy, long or bulky items such as rods or baskets to destinations in the Highlands, Islands & Northern Ireland, may be delayed and/or attract additional delivery charges.

If in doubt, please contact me before ordering. I'm really not that grumpy!

International Delivery:

Take advantage of great exchange rates while the UK Pound is weak!
Check exchange rates HERE

Please do not place an international order online before agreeing shipping costs as PayPal will no longer refund any of their fees or commission when transactions are reversed!

Shipping charges for sending to destinations outside of the UK will be based on the actual shipping cost (plus a small charge to cover additional PayPal fees) and should be quoted for and agreed by both parties, preferably before the order is placed so as to avoid any surprises! Sorry, I no longer send rods, creels or landing nets to addresses outside the UK (see below).

If you have already ordered an item from this website without first contacting me you will have been automatically charged UK delivery costs only. I will therefore need to contact you to offer shipping options and request the additional shipping costs to be paid. If you then consider the additional costs unacceptable you can cancel the order and I will refund your original payment, less any non-refundable transaction fees charged to me by PayPal.

If you have not received a direct email from me within 24 hours of placing an order, this could mean that PayPal has supplied me with an incorrect or out-of-date email address (or maybe your email box is full) so please contact me as soon as possible. If I have not had a response from you within 72 hours I will cancel the order and refund your payment, less any PayPal fees.

The Good News...
Most reels & small items can be sent by Airmail as a "Small Parcel" by one of Royal Mail's International Tracking & Signature Services to anywhere on the planet at a cost of between GBP 10 and 30 (including packing and insurance) depending on value, weight and destination.

The Bad News...
Sending rods and other bulky items such as creels & landing nets to destinations outside the UK is very expensive and risky. Furthermore, most delivery companies will not pay out on a claim if a fishing rod or fragile item is lost or damaged in transit (even though they strongly recommend insurance and happily pocket the insurance premium!). Furthermore, my descriptions of items for sale, when translated into other languages, can lead to disapointment and additional expense to rectify or return an item (I once had to pay import duty to receive an item sent back under my "7 Days Free Approval" scheme!) I have therefore decided to ONLY accept orders for rods and heavy or bulky items for delivery to UK addresses.

Airmail parcels entering the USA are routinely inspected by HOMELAND SECURITY. This can include opening the package. Parcels to US addresses can therefore be delayed and sometimes take 2 to 4 weeks to be delivered. However, it is extremely rare for a parcel to the US to be lost, you just have to be patient! For more information please click

10 Days Free Approval:

If within ten days of receipt you are not entirely satisfied with any item purchased unseen (either from this website or by telephone) you may return it for a full refund (excluding all carriage charges and any import duty or taxes incurred by either party) providing it is returned undamaged, and not altered in any way.

If you feel that I have not described the item accurately, I will also refund all delivery charges (UK only).

Important: Please notify me in advance by 'phone, before returning any item.







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(This page was last updated 24th September 2022)