A pioneer of saltwater fly fishing and a dedicated conservationist, BTT founding member Bernard “Lefty” Kreh (1925-2018), was a global ambassador for our sport for over 50 years. After serving in the second World War, Lefty went on to become an accomplished outdoor writer and editor, fishing show host, fly tier, and a world-renowned casting instructor. A native of Maryland, Lefty began his saltwater fly-fishing pursuit in 1965 when he relocated to Miami, where he served as the Director of the Metropolitan Fishing Tournament. His instructional videos, books, and articles remain go-to resources for every level of angler, and his fly patterns, such as Lefty’s Deceiver, have caught fish from the Keys to the Seychelles. Among his many accolades, Lefty was the recipient of ASA’s Lifetime Achievement Award and NAFTTA’s Lifetime Contribution Award and is a member of the IGFA’s Hall of Fame. The Lefty Kreh Sportsman of the Year Award is given to an individual who has demonstrated an enduring commitment to the conservation of bonefish, tarpon and permit—the species, their habitats and the larger fisheries they comprise—through leadership, innovation, education or advocacy.

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