January 8, 1915
Dear Mr. Steenrod:
Writers in Outers Book had muddled the light rod business, giving England credit for their introduction here and abroad. I could not stand for that, so wrote at once, and the Editor published in first number. Some English catalogues are most convenient, particularly those in from of a small book, Hardy’s Catalogue is really valuable but they brag a lot and claim everything.
You will have no trouble after getting a good vise and will be easily satisfied until you get a good deal of skill, then you begin to get fussy.
The Outers Book away is really one of the most practical sensible magazines we have. The new Forest and Stream is out. Looks very well, but they are throwing away a lot of prestige as a weekly. They have a short article of mine on shooting woodcock in tall corn, in Ohio, in August and September. It was great snapshooting. You had to find fields with low spots in them.
Reprinted from the 1947 edition of The Notes and Letters of Theodore Gordon, edited by John McDonald, by permission of Theodore Gordon Flyfishers.