Fly Fishing Legend Lefty Kreh Passes at 93

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Iconic fly fisherman Lefty Kreh has died at his home in Cockeysville, Md. "Lefty would want us to celebrate life and not mourn him," the family says

Bernard "Lefty" Kreh, the iconic persona of American fly fishing, passed away at his Cockeysville, Md. home Tuesday, March 14, after battling congestive heart failure and declining health in recent months. Born Feb. 26, 1925, he was 93.

A statement from Lefty's family was posted on Facebook by numerous fly fishing personalities and angling organizations including Temple Fork Outfitters, the Rick Pope owned and Dallas-based fly rod manufacturer that Kreh represented for many years.

"Dear friends,

I am sorry to relay sad information to all of you.

Bernard Victor Kreh ("Lefty") passed away today in the presence of his family. He passed without pain. He told us multiple times during the worsening of his illness how lucky he was to have had so many friends. During these last few weeks he was so sick and without energy that he was unable to respond to any emails, the many phone messages left for him. I can say this was a great comfort to him.

There will be a celebration of his life in the upcoming weeks. We will update you when plans are made.

Lefty would want us to celebrate life and not mourn him.

Tight lines, best wishes,

The Kreh Family"

Editor's Note: For those interested in making some sort of memorial donation in Kreh's honor, the family has posted the following on social media: "In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to: Greater Baltimore Medical Center / Gilchrist hospice in honor of Lefty Kreh to Mail to: GBMC Philanthropy, 6701 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21204; or online (Under "Designation" choose "Other." Then in the next field, type: "Lefty Kreh Memorial"); or call: 443-849-3303.

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