No wonder I can't find them. They've been playing musical owners.
The yearly April Fools Joke....
Bramley owned Partridge of Redditch Hooks and it was basically a cottage industry. The hooks were touched by more human hands than any other on the market.
If you were on the list, each year you'd receive a "new hook" and press release in regards to the hook. The thing is... the hook was always something absolutely insane... like a shaft with two eyes... a straight shaft with no eyes... things like that. It took me awhile to catch on because the letter from Alan looked 100 percent legit. No where did he give any indication he wasn't serious.
Then it occurred to me... I'd normally receive the "new hook" and the press release just before or just after April First.
I checked with others in the fly tying writing biz and sure enough, they too received the yearly April Fools hook.
Anyone who would go to the trouble to manufacture fake hooks and send them out as an April Fools joke is tops in my book! I wish he wouldn't have sold Partridge.
Hans, I didn't know that. Bummer. At one point I was working with him to develop a bass hook and he had a great personality.
He didn't go with my designs but instead went with an unknown guy by the name of Dave Whitlock.
I suggested they incorporate a double kink in the hook shank for hard body poppers but I think they wanted to stay with the straight shank and did. ... at least they used heavier wire than Mustad stinger hooks so they were an improvement over the Mustads. ...but the bass hooks would have been much, much better if they went with my design
That's sad news in regards to Alan. But it explains a lot.