Lefty Kreh, Giant In The World Of Fly Fishing, Passes Away

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Bernard “Lefty” Kreh, the most famous fly fisherman who ever lived, passed away today at the age of 93.

I was blessed to meet Lefty three years ago when I did a story about him for Garden & Gun magazine (posted here). But I felt like I’d known him all of my life. As a kid, I was obsessed with fly fishing (I still am now), which meant, of course, that I fell under the spell of the man with a magical, gap-toothed smile. Lefty was everywhere in the world of fly fishing. He wrote countless books and articles. He was a guest on TV shows. He seemed to make an appearance at every sportsman’s show in the country.

Lefty Kreh. (Photo by Gordon Chibroski/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)

Lefty was—and will remain—the biggest name in fly fishing’s history. He was the sport’s foremost ambassador, an innovative fly-tyer, a great napper and joke-teller, and arguably its greatest practitioner of the cast.

Here are four of my favorite anecdotes from the Garden & Gun story:

–Lefty was actually a “righty” for much of his life. He tore the biceps in his left arm while flipping a mattress many years ago, and just switched arms when casting.

–He fought in the Battle of the Bulge.

–He has a particularly virulent strain of anthrax named after him.

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