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Richard Wheatley returns to coarse fishing market

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The new Jack Taylor Zig Box is a result of a chance meeting in a fishing tackle shop.
↑ UK fly box manufacturer, Richard Wheatley, has announced its return to the coarse fishing market with the Jack Taylor Zig Box.

Fly box manufacturer, Richard Wheatley, has taken its first steps into the carp/coarse fishing market for almost a century.

The UK-based company’s first ever zig box is the result of a chance conversation between company owner, Clive Edwards, and a 16-year-old carp fisherman from Milborne Port in Dorset.

The pair met in a local tackle shop, where schoolboy, Jack Taylor, talked of his collection of zigs – small, foam, imitations that float in the water table. The zigs were stored loosely in a small box, creating a strong likelihood of the hooks being dinked or chipped.

Working together, Clive and Jack have now devised and designed a new closed cell, foam interior box that nullifies the chance of hook damage. The unbreakable ABS box – called the Jack Taylor Zig Box – is manufactured in Wheatley’s new Somerset factory.

“A dinked hook could mean the loss of your biggest fish,” said Edwards. “It’s something that fly fishermen have been concerned with for years. It is good to be able to help with other forms of fly fishing like zigs by making this box available.

“These are our first steps into the carp/coarse fishing market for almost a hundred years and we felt that the box should bear the name of the fisherman who created the idea for the product. Jack has a very active and enquiring mind, and we’re sure that this is just the first of many products that we will be producing in the future.”


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