S5:E4 Legends of Fly Fishing: Lefty Kreh

Lefty Kreh was actually both a lefty and a righty. One of the most beloved and popular American fly fishers, Lefty cast right handed, because he felt it was easier for the majority of folks (who were right handed) to watch him and learn. Lefty was an original. He was a World War 2 veteran and fought in the Battle of the Bulge; fished with Ernest Hemingway; and was a close friend of Joe Brooks, another fly fishing legend. In this episode, we attempt to give an overview of this amazing fly fisher’s life and discuss Lefty’s significant contribution not only to fly fishing but to what it means to be an American.


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2 Replies to “S5:E4 Legends of Fly Fishing: Lefty Kreh”

  1. I was glad to hear your tribute to Lefty Kreh, but you give him short shrift. Lefty didn’t just “start out on smallmouth,” Lefty was a lifelong smallmouth angler. He wrote at least one book on fly fishing for bass and in Harry Murray’s book on fly fishing for smallmouth, Lefty is the angler demonstrating techniques in the photos. Lefty was the quintessential east coast fly fisher and not the least bit of a snob about species.

    1. Thanks Bob. No doubt we didn’t get it right. It’s impossible to do Lefty justice in a 400 page biography much less a 25 minute podcast.

      Our approach to our fly fishing legends series is to look at the whole of their life.

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