If you’re a veteran fly fisherman, you’ll readily recognize the name Lefty Kreh. Well, sad to report but the sport lost this legendary fly-fisherman as he passed away at his home in Cockeysville, MD on March 14. Born in Frederick Maryland, Kreh was 93.
Kreh reinvented the way fly anglers cast. He pioneered the sport of saltwater fly fishing and designed some of the most successful fly patterns ever tied. He also caught over 130 species of fish world-wide, of course, on a fly rod.
Not only was he an expert fly-angler, but was an outdoor writer, book author, fishing TV personality who once fished with Fidel Castro in 1959, famed author Ernest Hemingway and baseball great Ted Williams to name a few.
Known by his long-billed fishing hat, Kreh was a popular fly fishing personality at many outdoor shows including the Harrisburg show, NJ Saltwater Fishing show and many others.
To read a more in-depth history of Kreh go to Anglers Journal.com and Gary Reich’s first hand experiences with Lefty as he liked to be called.
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Nick Hromiak has been an outdoors and automotive writer for over 30 years. He's been published in numerous national and state-wide outdoor magazines and newspapers.