Coming to the end of a long, hard winter, I'm looking forward to warmer weather and fishing. One annual break from cabin fever is the local fly fishermen get-together, Tiefest.
Fly fishing legend Lefty Kreh is always a big draw. I've watched his casting demonstrations many times but never tire of them and always learn something.
He often remarks that women are much easier to teach than men. "I can teach a woman to cast in about a third the time it takes to teach a man," he says. Then he adds, "As long as it's a woman I'm not married to." At 89 years old, he's truly amazing.
Lefty's especially eager to introduce children into the joys of fishing:
Another celebrity in the fly fishing world is Bob Clouser who invented the famous Clouser Minow:
Most artificial flies are tied not as exact imitations of natural foods but as impressionistic depictions that fool the fish because of their life-like appearance and behavior in the water. These salt water flies depict baitfish: