Jim Murphy: new rods have created a real buzz
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Douglas Outdoor, the New York rod and reel manufacturer, has just completed its first year in business. But President Jim Murphy had plenty of new tackle to show dealers when ICAST/IFTD 2015 opened to a throng of expectant visitors.
Debuting on Murphy’s IFTD booth were three fly rod families covering saltwater and upstream fishing, along with three additions to the company’s popular Argus line of reels.
It was the Sky collection of four-piece fresh and saltwater rods that appeared to be making the best early impression. “The Sky line has really popped,” said Murphy. “There has been a great response from anglers using them on the pond. They are going to do really well.” The Sky is built using nano carbon matrix materials and is distinguished by a stealth-effect, blue-sky camo finish.
The new LRS models are two-piece, 10ft rods ranging from #6 through #10. Each has two removable fighting butts. “These are value-driven sticks for lakes, big rivers and shore casting for game fish,” said Murphy.
Douglas has added four new rods to its popular Upstream Fly range, which is a collection of ultra-light freshwater fly rods. They include a 6ft 6ins #3 two-piece rod and three new six-piece rods that will fit in a brief case.
Douglas was also keen to show off three salmon sized reels that have been added to the its US-made machined, click check range. The REX series comprises traditional, high-capacity fly reels designed to work well with switch and double-handed rods.
“Our first year is finishing up and we came to Orlando ready to introduce some exciting additions to our product line,” said Murphy when Angling International was among the first to arrive on his booth. “It has been a great year for us.”