Lefty Kreh with The Outdoor Wire at ICAST/IFTD

Release courtesy of The Outdoor Wire

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

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