Lefty Kreh has been called the “Johnny Cash of fly fishing writers,” and with good reason. Lefty strayed from traditional fly fishing methods and permanently impacted the sport by pioneering saltwater fly fishing by abandoning the 10-to-2 casting method and doing miraculous things with a fly cast, and by creating one of the most popular flies ever developed: “Lefty’s Deceiver.” With over 70 years of fishing experience, Lefty not only knows the ins and outs of fly fishing—he helped to create them.
Any friend of Lefty’s knows that to him, it’s not the size of the fish that matters but overcoming the challenge of catching it that’s important. Lefty’s journey is full of remarkable stories and challenges that he shares for the first time in My Life Was This Big. He grew up during the Great Depression and served in World War II before he began writing articles about fly fishing. Lefty’s ingenuity, willingness to try new techniques, and love of the outdoors led him across the country and around the world. He never hesitated to share what he learned with others, making him the respected expert and mentor he is today.
My Life Was This Big includes: The tale of Lefty’s most difficult catch, the Niugini black bass so fierce it’s been nicknamed the “River Rambo,” Lefty’s trip to Cuba in 1959 where he fished with Fidel Castro and Ernest Hemingway, Lefty’s friendship with famous Red Sox player Ted Williams and his encounter with international billiards player Willie Hoppe. You'll also find plenty of information in this book that only an expert like Lefty could provide about freshwater and saltwater fish, including: northern pike, salmon, trout, bluegill, carp, peacock bass, bluefish, bonefish, permit, redfish, tarpon, tuna, and shark, and Lefty’s four principles of fly fishing.
My Life Was This Big truly captures Lefty’s personality and wisdom. Fly fishing is about more than sport. It’s about technique, environment, camaraderie, and most importantly, the individual behind the fishing pole. Lefty describes these nuances as deftly as he crafts flies, and his book is sure to capture anyone’s interest—hook, line, and sinker.
Lefty Kreh has received the American Sportfishing Association's Lifetime Achievement Award, has been featured on multiple DVDs and has written over a dozen books on fly fishing. His most influential book, Fly Fishing in Salt Water, is in its third edition and has over 70,000 copies in print. He lives in Hunt Valley, Maryland.
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