I grew up a tackle shop rat. Wherever my family lived from Allentown, Pennsylvania, to Racine, Wisconsin, I'd always be at the local store, hanging out and spending my allowance money. Call me nostalgic, but I've always felt that the best tackle shops are much more than just places to find fishing stuff. A great one is the angler's ultimate resource-part classroom, part museum, and part safe house for the angling-afflicted. Some tackle stores have evolved into regional icons. Others are unofficial research laboratories where new methods and ideas are improvised, gossiped about, and tweaked long before anyone reads about them in a magazine. But all great shops recognize their roles in linking fishermen to their home waters-and these 10 are well worth a visit.