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Partridge Heritage Carrie Stevens are the ideal hooks for salmon trolling flies, very long trout streamers and pike flies. Carrie Gertrude Wells was born in 1882 in Maine. At just twenty-three he married Wallace Clinton Stevens, who was working at the old Boston Club on Upper Richardson Lake and kept doing the fishing guide. The popularity of her husband as a guide grew exponentially and their home was constantly frequented by fishermen, customers and friends. One of those guests, during the mid-1920s, gave Carrie some fly tying materials, including long shanked hooks and feathers with which to experience.
From those experiments, by game, his first streamer was born, which he called Rangeley's Favorite. On the same day he decided to try it in fishing and with great surprise captured, alone, a trout of over three kilos, which was the record of the area for over a decade. That episode sparked a great passion and allowed an extraordinary talent to emerge. His streamers became popular. Its colors and style were and are still unmistakable: long shanked hook 5XL, bucktail and hackle mounted parallel to the hook shannk, jungle cock cheek, peacock herl, were its distinctive features. During her twenty-five years of extraordinary career, Carrie has signed no less than eighty stupendous original patterns. His most famous creation is the Gray Ghost.
Partridge of Redditch originates from Redditch in Central England where the manufacturing was based in Mount Pleasant. The early history of Partridge of Redditch is somewhat arcane. We know that the company was established on the basis of existing hook manufacturing shortly after the turn of the past century, but no one knows the exact year any longer. Partridge of Redditch take the name of it’s founder, Albert Partridge. He bequeathed the firm to his son Ted, who in turn sold the company to Alan Bramley in 1970, when none of his children were interested in taking over the company. Alan Bramley further developed the company, and in the 1970s he extended the production to include unique bamboo split cane rods as well as enduring to develop and improve hook construction. Due to him Partridge of Redditch has become an universally renowned fish hook brand. The last chapter of the history of Partridge of Redditch was initiated in 1996. Then the Norwegian hook manufacturer O. Mustad & Son acquired Partridge of Redditch from Alan Bramley. And later over the course of the 2000s Partridge of Redditch was back home in the UK by Mark Hamnet, who until now is running the company, keep following to develp new models and holding high the prestigious tradition.