Why is it called a tackle box?

May 27, 2003
By Answer Guy
Ken Schultz, author, the Fishing Encyclopedia: I have a speculative answer. Love those. In olden times, people used wooden boxes to store gear for a particular activity, like sewing supplies or household tools. Much like today. Right. All the stuff that's used in fishing -- line, lures, leaders, rods, reels -- goes in the tackle box. But why tackle box? Why not fishing box? Because fishing gear is called tackle. And why is that? Hmmm ...

Jim Rader, etymologist, Merriam-Webster, Inc.: ...

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