Year of the Hendrickson: February 23rd 1915

Roy Steenrod
Courtesy of Dette Trout Flies

Bradley, N.Y
February 23, 1915

Dear Mr. Steenrod:
The River was away up after the last big thaw. The best time to see fish was on the big January rise when the trout ran into the Bennie Kills to get out of the torrent . . . The strength of a good “Cuttyhunk” flax line of small diameter is wonderful. I remember playing a devil fish three miles, from 11 A.M. to 5:30 P.M., and it towed tow boats and three men with the greatest ease by the Cuttyhunk line. The hook was a forged Virginia which I had been using for sheephead. They were stronger, never had one break. I found a short article on the Chesowiska, a west coast Florida river, short and small. The author is a well known Atlanta lawyer, who sent me the article some years ago. . .The little rivers that rise in great springs afford great sport in their estuaries. Wonderful variety of fish. There are 5 rivers that I remember on a comparatively short stretch of the coast. You can take many fish on big gaudy flies.
Theodore Gordon

Dear Mr. Steenrod:
Golden Pheasant Crests:

I will find big ones. I know I have them somewhere. They are for salmon flies but sprigs make exquisite tails for flies with pale yellow bodies. When used in sprigs they are brittle and one should put on about five. They will last. Two or three soon break off. Theodore Gordon

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

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