March 6, 1915
Dear Mr. Steenrod:
I want to talk a little after breakfast while I am trying to brace up I feel weak until I get a little warm stuff in me…The Marble Gaff will be just the thing for Christian. He could not have lost that 10 or 12 lb lake trout if he had had it. It was cold and quite a sea for a small pond. The man with him was terribly clumsy, caught the line in the boat, then stuck the net under the completely exhausted fish and tried to lift it in. He broke the line and the big fish fell out of the small net. Christian brought me a 3 lb one he got, such solid, heavey fish and full of food, though it was just after ice broke up. Of course such a gaff looks queer, but it is what we need for big fish, unless he carries a large and very strong net…
Edited by John McDonald, by permission of Theodore Gordon Flyfishers.