Year of the Hendrickson: January 27th 1915

Roy Steenrod
Courtesy of Dette Trout Flies

Bradley, N.Y
January 26, 1915

Dear Mr. Steenrod:
Did you notice that box of white tip drake? I think they are the best I have seen for a long time. They are sure to be useful sooner or later. The shops are often compelled to substitute dull white tip turkey feathers.

I got in touch with the Editor of a magazine devoted to the Navy in Washington, and he hopes to get me what I want. Don’t bother about it. I was forced to buy Mahan’s second book on “Sea Power.” It is very interesting and his life of Nelson more so than any novel. I want that, but expect to do without. I read them all many years ago but my memory is not sufficiently accurate to quote. I have to have the book.

I do hope that they [Unclear which rod makers – Ed] will make a success of the little rod I am having made. It is such a lottery, as you never know what you will get, so much depends on the bamboo that goes into it.

A N.Y. man bought a $35.00 rod last spring and it put his hand out so that he can not cast well with anything, yet he had won prized in dry-fly competition. I am busy at something all the time and dead tired at night.
Theodore Gordon

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

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