Partridge of Redditch Product Guide 6

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2013 / 14 Catalogue of fly tying and fly fishing hooks

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  • Product Guide 6

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    A Proud Heritage...

    A Rich History...As the name implies, Partridge of Redditch has its origins in Mount Pleasant, Redditch, Worcestershire. Both the town and the district were renowned for specialist metal work for generations, needle and hook making in particular. It is not easy to establish when this started, but according to one likely theory it started with the existence of a large monastery at Redditch. The monks were reputed to have been skilled artisans, and when Henry VIII dissolved the brotherhood the monks were taken in by leading Catholic families in the area, obviously putting their skills to use. From there, processing steel and specialized metal work were developed and refined.

    In the early days needle making and hook making went hand in hand; the techniques developed for making

    needles could be applied in making hooks as well. Steel wire was drawn in Birmingham and then sent out to needle and hook producers in adjacent towns such as Studley, Alcester, Henley-in Arden and Redditch. In the middle of the nineteenth century Redditch seemed to establish itself as the main hook-producing centre. In the second half of the nineteenth century, the transition from pure handwork to industrial production made Redditch famous for excellent fish hooks throughout the world. In this period they actually dominated the world market.

    The early history of Partridge is somewhat obscure. We know that it was started on the basis of existing hook manufacturing shortly after the turn of the century, but no one knows the exact year any longer. What we

    Partridge of Redditch has been an innovator and technology leader in the manufacture of hooks since the early 1900s, in those days the company manufactured for the top names in the business like Farlows, Hardy Bros., Ogden and more recently Veniard.

    During the 1980s and 90s Alan Bramley spent much of his time working with the bright young talent of the day to create some of the most advanced hook patterns that the industry has ever seen and many of them, both patterns and fly fishermen are still around giving pleasure and sharing their passion to todays dynamic talent. Materials have moved on in leaps and bounds and hook patterns too have evolved but the art of fly tying remains one of the most rewarding past-times around.

    This catalogue is dedicated to the evolution of hooks, the talented craftsmen and women who made the products, the fishing talent whose ideas have become fly fishing know-how and of course the fishermen of the world who are the guardians of our precious water resources.

    COVER IMAGE: Thalia. Hook Type: HE2. Hook Tyed By: Paul Little

    Brian Sealey cutting barbs

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    do know, however, is that it has been the only British sport hook manufacturer who has been able to survive and create a name for itself in the twentieth century. Partridge of Redditch bears its name from the founder Albert Partridge. He left the firm to his son Ted, who sold it to Alan Bramley in 1970 when none of his children were interested to take over the company.

    Alan Bramley further developed the company, and in the 1970s extended the production to include exclusive split cane rods as well as continuing to develop and improve hook production. Thanks to him, Partridge of Redditch has become the internationally acclaimed brand that we know today. Under the direction of Alan Bramley the company flourished with the bright young talent of the day being given the opportunity to create some of the most advanced hook patterns that the industry had ever seen and many of them, both patterns and fly fishermen, are still around giving pleasure and sharing their passion to todays dynamic talent.

    In 1996 the Norwegian hook manufacturer O. Mustad & Son bought Partridge of Redditch from the Bramley

    family. Under the direction of Mustad new levels of consistency and industrial production were introduced and a continuation of the innovative developments that had characterized the previous 20 years.

    By 2009 the brand had lost its way under the stewardship of Mustad and had become little more than a repository of lost, forgotten and specialist patterns that were neither mainstream nor very popular. In 2009 Mustad sold Partridge to the British company FishingMatters Ltd who have set about the re-structuring of the brand and rationalization of the range to start a new phase of innovation that will ensure that Partridge of Redditch is a brand set to survive the next hundred years at the forefront of the hook business. Partridge of Redditch looks forward to the continued support of fly- and sport- fishermen the world over as we enter a new phase in the companys history.

    The original hand operated profile machine

    A Rich History: continued...

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    Many of the patterns that made Partridge famous were developed at

    a time when synthetic materials were in their infancy and in many cases

    simply did not exist. In recent years materials have moved on in leaps

    and bounds and hook patterns too have evolved but the art of fly tying

    still remains.

    Under new direction since 2009, the company has returned to its roots focusing on the basics like

    modernizing points and barbs where appropriate and finishes. Taking classic patterns down to smaller sizes and ensuring that gape and eye profile meet modern fly tying

    expectations.

    The following pages lay out our new packaging system making it easy

    for customers to navigate the range easily while making reference to the pattern numbers that are familiar.

    There are new and effective hook styles interspersed with the classics

    that made Partridge great. Barbless and Salmon styles have been revisited to establish some new classics some hookophiles will be delighted to learn that we are now making some classic salmon patterns in Redditch and our

    facilities in Wincanton, Somerset.

    Welcome to Partridge

    Guide 6

    Contents...Salmon & STEElHEaD PAGES 11 - 21

    Adlington & Hutchinson Blind Eye.......11Bartleet Blind Eye .................................11Bartleet XL Blind Eye ............................11Bartleet Single .......................................12Bartleet Supreme ..................................12Salmon Single ........................................13Low Water Salmon ................................13Wilson Salmon .......................................13Bomber ..................................................14Carrie Stevens Streamer ......................14Waddington Shanks ..............................14Prawn Pin ...............................................14Wilson Double ........................................15Heavy Double .........................................15Low Water Double .................................15Out-Point Double ...................................15Out-Point Treble ....................................16Out-Point Fly Treble ..............................16Tube Treble.............................................16Patriot Single .........................................17Patriot Single Down-Eye .......................17Patriot Tube Single ................................17Patriot Stinger .......................................17Patriot Stinger Barbless Tube Single ..18Patriot Fly Double Up-Eye ....................18Patriot Fly Double Down-Eye ...............18Patriot Tube Double ..............................18Patriot Nordic Tube Single ....................19Patriot Stinger Tube Treble ..................19Patriot Nordic Tube Double ..................19Patriot Nordic Fly Double .....................19Salar Single ............................................20Salar Tube ..............................................20Salar Double ..........................................20Salar Tube Double .................................21Salar Tube Treble ..................................21

    Dry Fine ..................................................23Dry Lightweight .....................................23Spider .....................................................23Wet Heady Short ....................................24Wet Heavy Long .....................................24Wet Medium ...........................................24Wet ..........................................................24Big Mouth Single ...................................25Nymph Long ..........................................25Grub / Shrimp Down-Eye .....................25Grub / Shrimp Heavy .............................25Grub / Shrimp Straight-Eye..................26Sedge / Caddis .......................................26Klinkhamer ............................................26Klinkhamer X-Treme ............................26Streamer ................................................27Streamer Straight-Eye ..........................27

    Ad Swier Pike .........................................33Absolute Predator .................................33Absolute Predator X ..............................34Universal Predator ................................34Universal Predator X .............................34Instant Strike .........................................35X Strong Treble ......................................35Predator Treble ......................................36Semi Barbless Treble ............................36

    Sea Streamer .........................................39Sea Prince ..............................................39Saltwater Shrimp ..................................39Absolute Predator X ..............................40Universal Predator ................................40Universal P