Year of the Hendrickson: February 15th 1915

Roy Steenrod
Courtesy of Dette Trout Flies

Bradley, N.Y
February 15, 1915

Dear Mr. Steenrod:
Please get me a skein of the brightest red silk you can buy for Royal Coachmen. What I have left is so very dark when wet. It is always most difficult to get the light colored and bright shades of a color. I have never cared for green bodies, yet they are very useful at times. Some of my friends on the Beaverkill got after me for a sort of dun I had tied with soft fur and pale green crewel. It killed so well on Beaverkill. Then it killed here. At last I found that there was a lot of little insects. I forget whether they were caddis or perlidae with greenish bodies about that year. The fish did not care much here whether the flies were 10-12 or 14, but on the Beaverkill they preferred the smaller sizes. Then they muddled this fly up with the old “Bonnie View,” and all the Bonnie Views that are sold now by the shops come from a single pattern sent me by Halsey years ago. I think that the man who tied it in the first instance was thinking of the English Olive Cowdung.

It is most curious how patterns multiply. Now Halsey uses a Bonnie View with a dark green body, rough, and kills lots of fish with it. I know that I could not use the fly with any confidence.
Theodore Gordon

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

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