Year of the Hendrickson: January 26th 1915

Roy Steenrod
Courtesy of Dette Trout Flies

Bradley, N.Y
January 26, 1915

Dear Mr. Steenrod:
I find that I have an exceptionally good lot of white tipped wild drake right and left. These are used for wings on several celebrated Scotch lake flies, and in this country in the Adirondacks. I never tried them on these streams, but they would probably kill on a Coachman body.

I will send them to you as you have room at home. Put in box with a few moth balls, use what you like. I may ask you for a pair or two some time, for Adirondack flies. Everything has to go into my trunk. Boxes take up much room, and it is astonishing how good envelopes, etc., weigh. The trunk is like lead or was last time I used it. Yet there were very few heavy clothes. The December number of Recreation was the best ever. Better than January and February, I fancy, but Forest and Stream’s incursion has forced them to reduce subscription from $3.00 to $1.50. I don’t think they can afford this with the expensive paper and fine illustrations they use. Forest and Stream reduced its price as a monthly to $1.00. Now we have only one weekly in the country, The American Field.

Theodore Gordon

P.S. IF it would not inconvenience you I think it would help me to send you, in a box, any surplus stuff, and things I do not use at present. You see for 25 years I have tried to have materials for a few standard salmon flies, bass and lake flies, much of which is not used on these streams and it crowds my trunk.

I have just received Field and Stream for February but it is the last I will get. Please send March to me to read.

Edited by John McDonald, by permission of Theodore Gordon Flyfishers.

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