Lefty Kreh with The Outdoor Wire at ICAST/IFTD

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Editor’s Note: During ICAST/IFTD 2013, the folks at The Outdoor Wire spent nearly 90 minutes in conversation with “Lefty” Kreh. 

During the 2013 ICAST/IFTD show in Las Vegas this year the folks at The Outdoor Wire were able to spend some quality speaking with Temple Fork Outfitters Advisory staff member and fishing legend Lefty Kreh. Below is an excerpt of some of their conversation.

For the full write-up, check out theoutdoorwire.com.

Lefty getting in some bass fishing on a south Texas lake. Photo by Temple Fork Outfitters.

Lefty getting in some bass fishing on a south Texas lake. Photo by Temple Fork Outfitters.

“Many Outdoor Wire readers know Bernard “Lefty” Kreh as the legendary man who changed the fly fishing world with his casting techniques, and as the man who taught countless anglers to fish for saltwater species on TV and through his newspaper and magazine articles and books.

Millions have developed a love of fly fishing reading his work and watching him, and when his book “Fly Fishing in Saltwater” appeared in 1974, he became a worldwide phenomenon. At least two books have been written about him, and he penned an autobiography, “My Life Was This Big: And Other True Fishing Tales.”

Kreh has fished with the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Fidel Castro, baseball great Ted Williams, singer Huey Lewis, broadcaster Tom Brokaw, several presidents and many dignitaries, to name a few.

He is largely responsible for the development of modern light-tackle, big game fly fishing, and his name is revered among fly anglers across the globe. He has spent an impressive number of decades as a journalist for the St. Petersburg Times, Baltimore Sun, and other publications.

But there is much more to this unpretentious man with a perpetual smile and quick joke.

Despite his advanced age, Kreh is always willing to stop and show someone at a trade show his casting technique, or share his life story with an admirer. And there always seems to be a long line of such admirers wherever you find Lefty. One can’t spend time with Kreh without laughing, listening and admiring the man.

Lefty as passionate as ever about teaching the essentials of the fly cast. Photo by Temple Fork Outfitters.

Lefty as passionate as ever about teaching the essentials of the fly cast. Photo by Temple Fork Outfitters

Indeed his life looms large, like title of his autobiography, and if kindness, brilliance, attitude and achievement count, his life is tantamount to a world record.”

For the full story, check out theoutdoorwire.com

Tenkara Bum reviews the TFO Soft Hackle

Tenkara rods, for all of the simplicity and history associated with them, they can still be something of a mystery.

With all of the information, (and sometimes misinformation) out there, it can be difficult to understand what all of this tenkara talk is about.

However, the folks at Tenkara Bum have taken the time to break down tenkara rods, specifically the TFO Soft Hackle rods.

©Temple Fork Outfitters.

©Temple Fork Outfitters.

According to a recent post,

“In a way, it all makes perfect sense. The rod is clearly a tenkara rod but TFO didn’t drink the Kool-Aid. It is not an extreme rod. It will be a smaller step for American fly fishermen to take. The TFO Soft Hackle feels a little more familiar (more like a fly rod), the line is quite a bit more familiar (more like a fly line), and when casting, it feels A LOT more familiar (an awful lot more like casting a fly line with a fly rod). And you know what, it’s even simpler. There’s no 5:5, 6:4 stuff. No unfamiliar Japanese line sizes or confusion over whether to call it a line or a leader. This is not a “one fly” approach that a lot of people don’t quite get. It’s a “one rod, one line” approach that a lot of people will like.

The most asked question in tenkara is “what rod should I get.” At TFO the answer is “You can get the short one or the long one. Get the short one if you fish narrower streams or the long one if you fish wider streams.” You can’t make it much easier.” 

For the full write-up, head over to TenkaraBum for more.

©Temple Fork Outfitters.

©Temple Fork Outfitters.

TFO Couple Teaches the fly, Not the Reel

How did you first get into casting? Even better, when did you first pick up a fishing rod?

TFO pro staffers Wanda and Gary Taylor were highlighted in a recent article, talking about just how they found a passion for the sport and how that passion has grown over the past 33 years.

Here is an excerpt from the article, by Devin Golden, of the Daily Citizen.

Photo by Devin Golden/The Daily Citizen.

Photo by Devin Golden/The Daily Citizen.

“Fishing in all venues is my passion. It takes you to the most beautiful places in the world,” Wanda said, following with an explanation why she enjoys fly fishing over traditional fishing.

The cast is like a dance. I enjoy the casting part. Plus, when you hook a fish, you’re in immediate contact. I have my finger on the string, and we’re immediately connected. In the other types of fishing, everything is on a reel. If I caught a fish, I have it on a line and under my finger. I can feel it where it’s going. I’m immediately connected to it.” 

Check out their interview in full at, http://goo.gl/t1nBbU 

TFO Pro Staffer Burnie Haney at Oneida Lake Tourney

Release courtesy of Burnie Haney, PR Director for NYTBF

TFO pro-staffer Burnie Haney, claimed third place this past weekend at the New York Bass Federation tournament, on Oneida Lake, N.Y.

Only three events into the season, the tournament saw the top three anglers finish with limits of nearly 15-pounds apiece.

John Siejak, Williamsville NY, captured his first NY TBF winner’s trophy with a weight of 15.00 lbs. Taking second place with 14.70- pounjds was Chris Benninger, Grand Island NY. Benninger caught his winning fish through a variety of techniques, top water, drop- shotting and a slammer bait.

Burnie Haney with two keepers from this past weekends Oneida Lake tournament.  Photo courtesy Burnie Haney.

Burnie Haney with two keepers from this past weekends Oneida Lake tournament.
Photo courtesy Burnie Haney.

Haney reported using Keitech 3.8-inch Swing Impact Fat and 4-inch Berkley Hollow Belly minnows rigged on ¼ and 3/16 oz. jig heads to catch roaming fish during the early morning period. As the bite slowed Haney reported using a drop shot rig to present 4-inch plastics.

Haney used a TFO GTS 735-1, 7’3” medium heavy power fast action rod for the swimbaits and the TFO GTS 734-1, 7’3”  medium power fast action rod for his drop shot fishing.

Oneida Lake is located approximately 15 miles north of Syracuse off interstate 81. The lake hosts a great population of smallmouth and largemouth bass with walleye and pickerel and the occasional drum thrown in for good measure.  And while the lake’s been producing some great limits for this time of year (14 – 16 lb average), it was unknown what impact the week of extremely hot weather would have leading up to tournament day.

TFO is a proud sponsor of the NYTBF and proudly donates a rod to each tournament stop.

For additional information on the NYTBF tournaments contact President Ben Wright at 518.593.5681 or bwright@cvph.com or go to www.nytbf.com

Step up to Big Fish on the Fly

Release courtesy of The Fishing Wire

In a recent edition of The Fishing Wire, Captain Jake Jordan spoke about getting into the world of salt water fly fishing.

Here is an excerpt of the article:


Photo courtesy Capt. Jake Jordan,jakejordan.com.

“Only a handful of fishermen have attained the reputation and status of Capt. Jake Jordan in the world of saltwater fly fishing. He attained his incredible bank of knowledge by catching almost every oceanic game fish that swims on the fly. How many people can you name who have caught salmon sharks in Alaska on a fly rod?

Sailfish are a perfect target for the saltwater fly rod. Fast and acrobatic, they readily take a fly when lured into range with teaser lures.

Jordan has over 40 years of experience as one of the top flats and tarpon guides in the Florida Keys. He pioneered a series of exclusive saltwater fly fishing schools for bonefish and billfish, taking small groups of anglers to exotic locales like Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Exuma where he instructs them on how to fish for, and successfully catch, the world’s premiere game fish with fly tackle. The remainder of the year he splits between his home in North Carolina, where he charters for red drum and false albacore during the fall, and Marathon, Fla. in the spring, where he takes charters for his first love-tarpon. His clientele fish exclusively with fly tackle and they include some of the most accomplished anglers in the world as well as newcomers who want to learn at the hands of one of the true masters of the sport. During the winter months, he is a featured speaker and presenter at the top fly fishing shows around the nation.

“When I started taking charters fly fishing in the Keys the 1960s, there were probably not more than 20 fly fishing guides in the world,” Capt. Jordan recounted. “And they were ALL in the Keys!”

Jordan has developed cutting edge techniques for casting, hooking and fighting big fish of every stripe, and has personally released blue marlin that would have crushed the current fly rod 20-lb. tippet world record except for his personal conservation ethic-he will not kill a billfish anywhere for any reason. In recent years, he developed a night fly fishery for Florida Keys tarpon that produces more hookups and releases in a three-month period than most guides can account for in a year. He has revolutionized the techniques for fighting big fish on fly tackle, and the technique is slowly catching on with other types of light tackle fishing.

Captain Jake Jordan is one of the nation’s top saltwater fly fishing guides, with venues in North Carolina and the Florida Keys and travels worldwide.

“I spend a lot of time at fly fishing shows and fishing clubs giving presentations on topics from tarpon to sailfish to blue marlin,” said Capt. Jordan. “Interest in the saltwater aspect of the sport is growing, especially interest in catching big fish with fly tackle. Most of the anglers I come into contact with are either accomplished saltwater anglers with spinning and conventional gear who want to try something more challenging, or anglers who use fly tackle in freshwater and want to make the move to salt. Anglers in both categories have some learning to do, but it has never been easier to access the information you need or obtain personal instruction.”

Jordan is not only an International Federation of Fly FishersTM certified instructor, he was a member of the organization’s original board of directors back in the 60s. He said that any angler new to the sport will benefit from casting lessons.

“Learning to cast the right way from the beginning is much preferred to picking up bad habits that have to be unlearned later,” said Capt. Jordan.

“There is a major difference between casting with fly tackle and spinning or conventional,” said Jordan. “With spinning and conventional, you are casting a weighted lure that pulls light line, monofilament or braid, off the reel. It’s the complete opposite with fly gear where you are casting a light, often wind-resistant lure called a fly with a line that has a forward section weighted to pull the fly behind it. You’re casting the line instead of the lure, and the dynamics are very different.

“The front 30 feet of most fly lines is weighted and tapered,” Jordan explained. “Fly lines are rated (10-WT, 12-WT, etc.) for a specific rod designed to cast that weight line. You wouldn’t use the same rod and reel for sailfish as you would for bonefish any more than you would use an 80-lb. class standup tuna outfit for casting poppers to striped bass. While the rating system might sound confusing at first, it’s actually quite simple. The first thing you should do before you run out to buy fly tackle is identify what your main target species will be, and then get some good advice on the appropriate rod, reel and lines you will need to fish for it. You can do this at a fly fishing show, a local fly shop or in the fly tackle departments of big box stores where they have experienced and educated fishermen on staff.

Sails are capable of lightning runs and grey hounding leaps, making line handling a real challenge with fly fishing gear.

Photo courtesy Jeff Jackson, Temple Fork Outfitters.

Photo courtesy Jeff Jackson, Temple Fork Outfitters.

“Fly fishing is a challenging and highly rewarding way to fish for almost any game fish. Once you get bitten by the bug, you’ll be hard pressed to put down your fly rod for any other type of tackle,” Jordan advised. “With the right gear, knowledge and practice, you can catch pretty much any fish that swims.”

For more information about Capt. Jake Jordan, visit jakejordan.com and be sure to sign up for his regular fishing reports blog .