Year of the Hendrickson: February 24th 1915

Roy Steenrod
Courtesy of Dette Trout Flies

Bradley, N.Y
February 24, 1915

Dear Mr. Steenrod:
. . . Years ago Abby and Imbrie had a very fine man in charge of their Retail Department, Wm. H. Holberton. He had been an artist of some means. He was a fine fisher and kept everything in their store up to a high standard. Then he attracted the patronage of many of the very best anglers in the country.

A dozen of the lovely salmon flies I used to tie were on exhibition in one of the sow cases for many years. Men would come in and want to buy them, and the salesman would say, “Those are only samples of amateur work and are not for sale.” They were about perfect, as at that time I had excellent materials. There is something about flies tied by fishermen which makes them look right and play tight. But it is hard work tying salmon flies and hard on the nerves. Of course it is not for a professional who has been trained to it, and works almost without thought. This enclosure is a tipped feather from a Golden Pheasant. Two or three sprigs make a nice tail for a trout fly and they are used in sea trout, lake and salmon flies. This is an Irish feather…
Theodore Gordon

Dear Mr. Steenrod:

I am positive that I have some very large crests, [larger than one enclosed – Ed.] and naturally the sprigs are stronger. Then there is a difference in coloring. I want the pure gold when I can get it for salmon flies. (Crest over wing and crest tail). . .

Christian was up yesterday afternoon and more little things came in while he was here. He was much interested. I told him that I always forgot to show both Bruce and himself something when they were here and sure enough, he had scarcely departed when I saw the new patent Keep Em Alive Fish Stringer, I had hung it on the door so that it was prominent, but I never saw it, until after he had gone . . .
Theodore Gordon

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

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