Platypus Fishing Lines celebrates 125 years

This year, Platypus Fishing Lines – Australia’s longest running fishing tackle brand – celebrates its 125th year.

From its humble beginnings in 1898, George Ross McPherson – a Scottish immigrant rope maker – began making fishing line from twisted linen to meet the demands of local anglers.

In 1902, the first ‘factory’ – a corrugated iron shed at the back of the house – was established at Chermside in Queensland and, over the next 15 years, ‘Mac’s Platypus Brand’ cemented itself as a quality product.

The Platypus in the name – chosen because the products were good on the land and in the water – reflects both the production of rope and fishing line. George’s son George William eventually purchased the business.

GW added more machinery, experimented with a wonder thread called ‘nylon’ and, through the tough period of the war years and due to shortages in linen thread, bought thousands of shoelaces, which were dismantled and re-spun into yarn to manufacture fishing line.

A reflection of angler and Australian ingenuity.

As nylon lines improved in the 1950’s, GW’s son Don became involved in the business, purchased the company’s first nylon extruder and began developing nylon fishing line technologies in Australia.

This was a pioneering time in sportfishing, as linen gave way to nylon lines in the 1960s and throughout the 1970s.

With help from some high-profile Australian anglers who embraced Platypus lines, these Australian-made nylon lines became the lines to use.

Gareth Williams from Tackle Tactics and Stewart McPherson from Platypus celebrated the future of Platypus in Australia back in 2018.


Don’s intimate knowledge of nylon lines allowed him to control elements such as diameter, stretch and memory as he developed lines for specific applications – Lo-Stretch and Pre-Test – with hundreds of IGFA and ANSA records.

A larger factory was established at Strathpine and Don’s knowledge allowed the development of many other products used in medical, mining, farming and other industries, while never losing focus on the advancement of quality fishing line.

Stewart McPherson joined his father Don in the late 1990s, before taking over the company – making Platypus a fourth-generation Australian-owned business.

This was an exciting period, with the development of new high-tech fibres that saw a rapid growth in the popularity of braided lines and Platypus at the forefront of this new line category.

In 2018, an opportunity arose for Australian-owned and operated family business Tackle Tactics to take on the brand, ensuring it remained an Australian-made product.

Key Platypus team members remained with the business, including two fishing-line technicians with over 70 years of combined fishing-line development and manufacturing experience.

Under the supervision of new owner Gareth Williams, the team have gone on to develop Pulse Mono, which they describe as their best monofilament line ever, the cutting-edge Hard Armour Leader range and a selection of new braids that utilise the latest in materials and machinery, including Pulse X4, Pulse X8 and Bionic Braid X9.

Many anglers have memories of spooling and fishing Platypus lines with their parents, grandparents and great grandparents, so it’s exciting to see Australia’s longest running fishing tackle brand still at the forefront of fishing line development, and continuing to manufacture quality cutting-edge products in Australia for anglers locally and globally.

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