March 11, 1915
Dear Mr. Steenrod:
Francis’ book on Angling was written 40 years ago. He fished the dry fly with Capt. Marryatt, probably the greatest English dry-fly fisher that ever lived. Halford got all his early information from him including tying flies, dyeing feather to shade, etc. Halford, Hall, Marston and others. He must have been older than most of htem. Although an old timer in a way he was an all-round fisher, who had visited all the best trout and salmon water in England, Scotland and Ireland. There is much good stuff in his book and I will send it to you to read. It is an old fly-dresser copy I picked up at second hand.
I nearly coughed my head off from a tickling in my throat. Could not stop it for hours.
P.S. Francis Francis has been quoted by nearly every one who has written on fishing.
Edited by John McDonald, by permission of Theodore Gordon Flyfishers.