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Presenting the fly
Kreh, Lefty.
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Publication Information:
New York : Lyons Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
352 pages ; 29 cm
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Includes index.
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SH456 .K755 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Nothing is more important for successful fly fishing than how an angler presents the fly. In this comprehensive book, Lefty Kreh explains that presentation is much more than dropping the fly into the best position.

Author Notes

Lefty Kreh was born Bernard Victor Kreh in Frederick, Maryland on February 26, 1925. During World War II, he served in an Army artillery unit in Europe and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He worked as a shift foreman at the federal government's bioweapons laboratories at Camp Detrick until the mid-1960s. He wrote a freelance outdoor column for The Frederick News-Post in the early 1950s and went on to write for other newspapers and outdoor magazines before becoming the outdoor editor for The Baltimore Sun newspapers, where he remained for 18 years before retiring at the age of 65.

He was a fly fisherman, casting instructor, and author. He wrote more than 30 books including Fly Fishing in Salt Water and Advanced Fly Fishing Techniques. He appeared on the fishing show Buccaneers and Bones. He designed a saltwater fly called Lefty's Deceiver, which appeared on an U. S. postage stamp in 1991. He died of congestive heart failure on March 14, 2018 at the age of 93.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Kreh, a veteran angler and outdoor writer, offers many tips on how to present a fly to a fish. And in doing so, he goes well beyond the usual suspects in writing on topics such as subdued clothing, quiet wading, and delicate fly leaders and explaining the obvious and subtle influences of tackle, technique, and fly patterns on effective presentation. Kreh's writing is friendly and credible. His advice is effective, reasoned, and covers many species. The book's format--first a description of presentation in all fishing functions (tackle, technique, flies, and approach) and then discussions of presentation for particular fish species--is long and causes a noticeable repetition in concepts and examples; however, this book offers a unique approach to an important angling subject by a skilled and well-regarded author. --John Rowen