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HOOK NEWS: Partridge launches first pattern for nearly ten years

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Mark Hamnett: Says development of new patterns is a ‘priority’ for Partridge.

Partridge of Redditch, one of the world’s oldest hook makers, has launched its first new pattern for almost ten years. The Universal Predator is a wide gaped Aberdeen-style hook produced in Japan.

Partridge, founded in the UK in 1826, was acquired by Fishing Matters from Mustad in late 2009. The new owner’s initial focus has been on improving supply and updating the existing range.

“That done, the development of new patterns has become a priority,” explained Fishing Matters owner Mark Hamnett.

Partridge has broken with tradition in the naming of the new hook. In the past new products would feature the name of the fisherman or the target species that inspired them. But Hamnett explained: “We think it’s enough to say it is a new Partridge hook. There are so many predatory species around we didn’t want to tell anyone what to use these hooks for.

“Today’s fly tyers have an inexhaustible array of materials and lots of ideas, so we set about designing a new classic hook pattern that will fuel their imagination.”

The Universal Predator has a micro barb and comes in two wire weights. It has a forged bend so as to be suitable for most predators caught on the fly. Finished in black chrome, it is durable in sea, estuary, brackish lake or river.

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