SUN PHOTO/RUSTY CHINNIS
By Rusty Chinnis
sun staff writer
I met Lefty Kreh in April 1988 when I participated in
a fly fishing seminar in Florida given by Kreh, Flip Pallot
and Mark Sosin. I had attended the fly fishing seminar
to improve my casting, and Kreh made a lasting impression
from the very beginning. I remember standing awe struck
as Kreh cast 80 feet of line with no rod and then cast
one of the heavy brass room keys with half a seven weight
Lefty Kreh is without a doubt the finest and most influential
fly casting instructor that has ever lived. When I decide
to teach fly casting it was Krehs "Lessons
with Lefty," that became my video text book, a tape
that helped me pass the Federation of Fly Fishers casting
If you had asked me if Kreh could improve on his casting
instruction I would have said it was impossible. That
is until I received his latest DVD entitled "Lefty
Kreh on Fly Casting." Once gain Kreh raises the bar
with his unique, common sense approach to fly casting.
This DVD takes the innovative approach of using three
cameras. One close up view coupled with two wider angle
side views. With a simple click of the mouse, you can
see any of Leftys casting instructions from multiple
views. I have reviewed most fly casting instruction videos
and can honestly say that "Lefty Kreh on Fly Casting"
is the finest available today.
Kreh begins with the wise advice to learn the fundamentals
of fly casting, rather than the style of the caster you
learn from. He explains that once you understand the physics
that govern casting a fly line, you can cast efficiently
in your own style and the according to the waters and
conditions you fish.
Kreh begins his instruction with the sage advice that
youre not casting fly line, youre unrolling
it. He then introduces the proper foot work, holding the
rod properly and the importance of keeping the elbow below
the waist or "on the shelf." Once he has the
caster set up he shows how to apply the Four Principals,
the basis of every good cast.
Once Kreh has demonstrated the basics he covers two topics
that are on the tip of every aspiring fly casters
tongue, "How do I avoid tailing loops, and how do
I get tight loops? What sets Kreh apart from other
professional fly casting instructors is his direct, simple
and common sense solutions to universal casting problems.
With three short and concise (youll have to buy
the DVD to find out) statements, Kreh dispels the mystery
and has you understanding and enjoying your fly casting!
Lefty Kreh on Fly Casting is available on
DVD or video and can be purchased from many fly shops.
On line youll find this and other fine videos from
Kreh at www.reelresources.com or call 800-661-5918.