The Year of the Hendrickson

Roy Steenrod
Courtesy of Dette Trout Flies

January 1, 1915, 100 years ago. 1915 was the defining year for dry fly fisherman in America. It was the year prior to the creation of Roy Steenrod’s Hendrickson, and the year Theodore Gordon died and passing the torch off to his closest friend, Roy. It is this year that Steenrod took center stage in the Catskill waters being recognized as one of the top anglers and flytyers. 1915 was the year of the birth here in the Catskills of the Modern age of American Dry Flyfishing and imitative fly tying. Now one hundred years ago, it continues it’s growth the world over.

We will be taking a closer look at the past 100 years and sharing the history we discover everyday.  Check in, comment and share. From the largest flyfishing center in the world…. It’s all about flyfishing.



Bradley, N.Y
January 1, 1915

Dear Mr. Steenrod:
I trust that you are enjoying this perfect New Years Day, and that your outlook for the future is bright. You remember that I told you of a book that I have wished to read ever since publication, but the price was too high, on guinea, and it only dealt with salmon fishing, “The Salmon Fly,” by Kelson. Well – day before yesterday I had a letter from Mr. Marston, in London, kindly giving me some information about an account of the Battle of the Sea of Japan, and he went on to say that he was sending me a copy of “The Salmon Fly,” as a little present. I hope it arrive all right. I hope to feel like making some flies by February. Now I drive the typewriter. Received a lot of nice things Christmas. This week a fine big box arrive anonymously, by Express. Forest and Stream’s last issue strikes me unfavorably but I am not on the inside. I fear they will lose the position they have held, which was gained under the old management when George Bird Grinnell held a large interest.

Theodore Gordon

Reprinted from the 1947 edition of The Notes and Letters of Theodore Gordon, edited by John McDonald, by permission of Theodore Gordon Flyfishers.

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