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Dr Slick founder Dr Ken High dies at age of 85

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Dr Ken High, founder of Dr Slick, has died at the age of 85 following a year-long illness.

Ken High, the founder Dr Slick, the US-based manufacturer of fly fishing tools, has died at the age of 85 following a year-long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

A surgeon by trade, Dr High founded Dr Sick in 1987 because he was unhappy with the quality of clamps, nippers, scissors and other fly fishing and fly tying tools that were on the market. The company soon became the leading wholesaler of accessories for the sector and his creativity led to numerous patents in the recreational sport fishing industry.

Dr High sold Dr Slick in 2009 to a consortium of employees headed by then General Manager, Steve Fournier. He said: “Utilising his urological surgical background, Dr High created new moulds for scissors and clamps, choosing the correct stainless steel for the job and establishing high standards for balance, fit and finish. He took a niche market and expanded it.”

A Korean War veteran, Dr High subsequently practiced medicine at VA hospitals in both Salt Lake City and Helena. He is survived by his widow, Jennifer, three children, six grandchildren and a great grandson.

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