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I received some great news yesterday that I've been placed on the Partridge of Redditch Pro Team on the United States side. Honestly, I'm feeling lucky that they selected me for this. Having used Partridge hooks for some time now I really feel they are superior and offer a wide selection that covers everything the fly tyer might look for.
"Out of the mouths of babes", often reveals the truth. Several weeks ago in a beginner fly tying class I was instructing we passed out hooks to tie on. We were tying a small streamer using a Partridge Heritage Streamer Hook. One of the students had arrived with his own tools and a box of materials. He decided to use his own hook which unfortunately ended up breaking when he started tying. His hooks were old and most likely were stuck in a box somewhere to begin to rust and weaken. He said he had dropped the hook we gave him and didn't want to get behind so he used one in his box. Often the fear of getting behind in a beginners class is the number one issue a new tyer faces. We gave him a new hook and the first words out of his mouth was, "wow this hook is way better than what I was using". I enjoy it when the students help reinforce the benefits of the products we use in class.
I love tying on the Partridge Heritage Streamer Hooks and you can see some examples in this blog. However I don't limit myself to only their streamer hooks. I use their wet fly hooks for tandem trolling flies. When I began tying flies back in the 1960s I learned how to tie Catskill Dry Flies and for those I use both Partridge and Sprite hooks. Recently I made a salmon fly plate using Partridge Hooks. A friend of mine is a direct descendant of John Cosseboom who was the originator of the Cosseboom Salmon fly pattern. I did a series of the Cosseboom's for him.
All but one of these fly photos in this blog were tied using Ewing Feathers. They are superior and combined with the Heritage Streamer Hooks they look great and perform well. Someone will ask about the one tandem that uses bucktail instead of feathers for the wing. This is a fly that was effective on Lake Winnipesaukee, this was called the Winni Jock Scott Tandem. The pattern was given to me by an angler who had outstanding results with it. The Partridge Wet Fly Hooks in #4 & #6 work great when tying this.