RE­MEM­BER­ING LEFTY, 1925-2018

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What a great fel­low Lefty Kreh was [“Lefty,” Win­ter 2018]. Lefty was do­ing a fly-fish­ing show in Thomasville, Ge­or­gia, maybe three years back, and some­how, af­ter try­ing to ex­plain how to cast a fly around a cor­ner — and draw­ing it on pa­per for me — he wound up with the pen Power & Mo­to­ry­acht edi­tor Richard Thiel had given me many years ago. When I dis­cov­ered its ab­sence, I could come up with no the­o­ries as to where it went. Two weeks later, a pack­age from Lefty ar­rived with a note say­ing some­thing like, a “great writer should hang on to his great pen.” The pen was in­side. I framed the note.

Capt. Bill Pike Ex­ec­u­tive edi­tor, Power & Mo­to­ry­acht

Tal­la­has­see, Florida

A glance at the cover of Lefty Kreh’s Fly Fish­ing in Salt Wa­ter leaves me aflut­ter. That’s what I was read­ing one af­ter­noon 30 years ago when my brother, Char­lie, and his wise­crack­ing friend Greg in­vited me for boat ride.

We were cruis­ing the an­chor­age in Es­sex, Con­necti­cut, when I pulled the loaned book, with its tan­ta­liz­ing vis­age of Lefty, from my day­pack and started read­ing the in­tro­duc­tion.

“Fly-fish­ing?” Char­lie asked. “Why are you read­ing that?”

“I thought I might give it a try,” I said. Eye­brows ris­ing, Char­lie and Greg gave each other a know­ing look. They chimed in, snick­er­ing.

“Oh yeah!”

“Right.”

I looked up, and they were star­ing at me. “Who is it?” Greg wanted to know.

“What?”

Then Char­lie: “Who’s the guy?”

By then they were in full hi­lar­ity mode. I could feel my face start­ing to burn. “No­body! Can’t a girl take up a new hobby?”

I protested when, in fact, they were dead on. I was day­dream­ing about my fly cast­ing les­son the day be­fore. My teacher, close be­hind me with my el­bow in his palm. His breath in my ear. The line snaking above and my heart beat­ing fast. It was love.

But not with fly-fish­ing. I couldn’t care less about that. It was Bill Sisson, now my hus­band of 26 years and edi­tor-in-chief of An­glers Jour­nal. Pa­tri­cia Koller Sisson

Es­sex, Con­necti­cut

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