Year of the Hendrickson: February 12th 1915

Roy Steenrod
Courtesy of Dette Trout Flies

Bradley, N.Y
February 12, 1915

Dear Mr. Steenrod:
There is a great amount of vibration in the table I use for typewriting, etc. It is bad for the machine, and unpleasant. Do you know of a little solid table second hand that could be had very cheap?. . .

I had a most interesting letter from Halsey yesterday with account of killing a 26 inch trout and 87 pound shark near New York. He says that there is an enormous brute under a big boulder above Phoenicia that sticks close to its hole and nothing he can use will keep it out. He has been smashed up 3 times in 2 years. He is one of the all day all night fisherman, but he can only snatch a few days from his work. I send you a little packet of feathers from my stock that may interest you, and some. . . other things.
Theodore Gordon

P.S. I am still terribly thin. Have to diet too much. The best fun of any of the fishing books I got in Savannah was one by a Scotch professional fisherman called, β€œThe Angler and the Loop Rod.” The author knew it all. He went for Mr. Pennell and scalped him bald headed; then presented his own flies as perfect imitations. They were killing wet flies on Twee and Clyde, but very simple. The only proper way to fish was with a 14 foot spliced rod, 15 foot leader, 9 flies in the day time, six flies at night. Wish I had kept that book.

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

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