Platypus Fishing Lines - Our History

Platypus Fishing Lines was started by George McPherson in 1898.  George was a Scottish rope maker by trade and saw the opportunity to make fishing line in Australia.  In those days fishing line was made from twisted linen fibers and was essentially a small diameter rope. Within a few years the popularity and excellent reputation of Platypus grew and the business expanded.

The name Platypus was apparently chosen to signify the unique Australian nature of the product, and like the animal, being as good or useful on land as it was in the water.

Throughout the next century Platypus was passed down through the family, and remains proudly owned and operated by the same family that established the company in 1898.

Platypus has always prided itself on innovation - producing the first extruded nylon fishing lines in the 1960's; realizing the advantages of gel spun polyethylene braided lines and establishing a braiding factory decades ago, and more.

The technology and experience Platypus has developed in the fishing line industry has made us a leading world authority for other industries as well.  For example, Platypus is recognized in the plastics industry as the expert on nylon monofilament extrusion.  Platypus has been asked to produce hi-tech fibers for mining and medical applications, as well as specialized bristles for brushes.  Our focus on innovation and diversity in creating the world’s best fishing lines has provided new concepts and materials that are being used in applications all over the world.  Our nearly 120 years of experience keeps us at the forefront of line technology.  We are constantly reviewing our manufacturing processes, raw materials, and additives to offer the best available fishing lines to you.

Platypus Fishing Lines-USA is headquartered in historic Charleston, South Carolina.