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IGFA record holder joins Jim Murphy’s Douglas Outdoors

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Founder Jim Murphy has also announced plans for a rod factory in New York.

Douglas Outdoors, the new tackle company founded by former Hardy North America President Jim Murphy and revealed exclusively by Angling International two weeks ago, has hired IGFA record holder Tom Murphey to lead its development team.

Murphey, a leading composites engineer formerly with the Air Force Research Laboratory in Albuquerque, is a prominent scientist in the field and holds two current IGFA records on fly.

“We are in the process of building a new fishing rod factory here in New York State and Tom will be applying the latest material science breakthroughs to fishing rod design,” said Murphy, who has relocated to Syracuse.

“We will bring our first US-made rods to market in 2015.”

Douglas Outdoors has been formed in partnership with the Barclay family, prominent conservationists and owners of the Douglaston Salmon Run on the famed Salmon River in New York.

The company will launch two new fly rod ranges, a line of spin and casting rods and two new fly reels and has taken booths in both the ICAST and IFTD shows in Orlando in July. The first product will be the Eclipse fly reel, the first to be made in the Douglas Outdoors factory in New York.

Murphy emphasises that Douglas Outdoors is committed to a dealer-centric programme. “Our focus will be on the independent dealers and we will offer them products, programmes and support that will reflect their key role in the fishing industry,” he explained.

“I look forward to offering a fresh legacy of tackle and services that dealers and anglers alike will find both new and familiar.”

Murphy resigned from his role at Hardy North America early in January, less than six months after Hardy & Greys was acquired by Pure Fishing.

One of the fly fishing sector’s best-known characters, he worked at Thomas and Thomas before founding the Redington Fly Company, the Albright Tackle Company and the Landing Creek OEM Company between 1995 and 2008. He was at Hardy North America for five years.

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