Year of the Hendrickson: February 7th 1915

Roy Steenrod
Courtesy of Dette Trout Flies

Bradley, N.Y
February 7, 1915

Dear Mr. Steenrod:
Please go wherever you like and see if you can get a few dozen big, long shanked Carlisle, or other long shanked hooks with metal rings, for eyes. Of course the eye is straight in these hooks. Try to get good bends, barbs and points.

I want them for various purposes. For pork rind, pickerel belly, and big Bumblepuppy flies. For some reason these last have not seemed to kill as well in the last few years, but this may be due in part to the manner in which my patterns have been copied by the shops. I sent a regular Bumblepuppy to an amateur flytyer and bass fisher in Ohio, and it immediately established itself as a prime favorite. ¾ of his bass have been killed with it, or on slight modification of the pattern to suit the condition of the water. They have, it seems, some thousands of bass fishers in Columbia, Ohio. Of course, they fish every way, but many stick to the fly rod and big flies, in preference to the…casting rod and bait.
Theodore Gordon

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

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