Pure Fishing is home to the world’s most trusted fishing brands.
Our portfolio includes the most recognized brands in fishing tackle, lures, rods, reels, and storage.
Pure Fishing is committed to social responsibility and the environment.
Pure Fishing is actively supporting the tradition of fishing and organizations that leverage the joy of fishing to benefit their communities.
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The heart of Pure Fishing is centered on exceptional products and the extraordinary workers who support this effort.
our portfolio includes the most recognized and admired brands in fishing tackle, lures, rods, reels and storage.
As people worldwide continue to embrace a love of fishing, Pure Fishing remains committed to supporting anglers in every stage of their fishing journey with innovative products that help them catch more fish and enjoy their time on the water. This commitment extends beyond just our products as we continue to designate resources towards supporting organizations and initiatives that are dedicated to protecting the renewable resources necessary for healthy fisheries we all can enjoy.
We deeply respect the tradition of fishing and all the personal benefits that come from spending time on the water. Our storied brands are deeply rooted in the history of fishing across the globe and will continue to be an integral part of the future of fishing. From our support of grass roots fishing clubs and events to our diverse roster of legendary professionals like Hank Parker and Jordan Lee, to internet sensations BlacktipH and the GaleForce Twins, Pure Fishing is at the forefront of fueling education and interest in the sport we love.
Building the World’s Best Fishing Company, One Brand at a Time
Angling is growing worldwide and Pure Fishing, Inc. has positioned its portfolio of brands to fuel that growth. A global provider of fishing tackle, lures, rods and reels, our brands are organized to meet market needs and encompasses all corners of the fishing marketplace. With operations in 19 countries and a dedicated workforce conversant in 28 languages, Pure Fishing, Inc. is a leader in outdoor and recreational lifestyle products.
Explore Our Timeline:
Hardy Brothers is founded in 1874 in Alnwick, England.
Earnest A. Pflueger starts the Enterprise Manufacturing Company in Akron, OH to make fishing tackle.
The William Shakespeare, Jr. Company is founded Kalamazoo, MI, and a patent is awarded for the original Shakespeare fish-line reel.
AB Urfabriken is founded in Blekinge, Sweden as a manufacturer of watches and telephone components. The company will later refocus on fishing reels.
Machinest Otto Henze founds the PENN Fishing Tackle Company and completes his first two reel designs in Philadelphia, PA.
PENN introduces the legendary Senator reel.
The Berkley Fly Co. is founded by 16-year old Berkley Bedell in Spirit Lake, IA with $50 in paper route earnings. His first flies are created from hair clippings from the family dog and feathers from backyard chickens.
Göte Borgström refocuses his company on the manufacturing of fishing reels.
Upon the death of Otto Henze, Martha Henze takes over for her husband as President of PENN. The company continues to prosper.
Johnson is founded when Lloyd Johnson and Henry Warren Denison build their first fishing reel in a basement in Mankato, MN.
Göte Borgström presents the revolutionary Ambassadeur reel.
Fenwick is founded by 5 Seattle businessmen and is named after a lake in Kent, Washington.
Stren is created 20 years after the invention of commercially viable nylon and becomes a household name in fishing line.
Berkley introduces Trilene fishing line.
Shakespeare acquires the E.A. Pflueger Company.
Greys of Alnwick is founded by former Hardy employee Malcolm Grey.
Shakespeare moves its base of operations to Columbia, SC.
Fenwick is the first to market an all-graphite fishing rod.
Shakespeare creates the Ugly Stik rod by perfecting a method for manufacturing fishing rods invented by Dr. Arthur M. Howald.
ABU acquires it’s US distributor, Garcia, and is renamed ABU Garcia, Inc.
Berkley acquires Fenwick and becomes Outdoor Technologies Group.
Berkley creates PowerBait Trout Dough, revolutionizing the fishing bait industry.
JRC is founded in Hatfield Peverel, Essex.
Abu Garcia joins Outdoor Technologies Group.
House of Hardy acquires Greys of Alnwick. 4 years later the company will rename itself Hardy & Greys Ltd.
Outdoor Technologies Group becomes Pure Fishing and acquires Mitchell, Johnson and SpiderWire brands from Johnson Worldwide Associates.
Allstar is acquired by Shakespeare.
Stren is acquired by Pure Fishing.
JRC is acquired by Shakespeare.
PENN Is acquired by Shakespeare.
Pure Fishing and Shakespeare merge. Pure Fishing becomes the world’s foremost purveyor of fishing tackle and related merchandise.
Pure Fishing acquires Hodgman & Sebile
Pure Fishing acquires UK brands Hardy, Greys, and Chub.
Private Equity firm Sycamore Partners acquires Pure Fishing.
Pure Fishing acquires Van Staal and Fin-Nor.
Pure Fishing acquires Svenson Sports.