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Governor O’Malley Dedicates Gunpowder Falls Trail In Honor Of Lefty Kreh

Kreh is a world renowned fly-fishing icon

Group at the dedication

Annapolis, Md. (June 11, 2012) - Governor Martin O’Malley today dedicated the Gunpowder South Trail the Lefty Kreh Fishing Trail in honor of native Marylander Bernard Victor “Lefty” Kreh. Kreh is a world renowned fishing writer and teacher who has forever influenced the sport through his books, columns and inventions.

“Lefty Kreh has inspired anglers throughout Maryland and around the world for decades,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “I am honored to bestow this recognition to a man who has worked so hard to protect and conserve our natural resources.”

The Lefty Kreh Fishing Trail runs along Gunpowder Falls in an area that stretches from Prettyboy Reservoir to Bluemont Road in the Hereford Area of Gunpowder Falls State Park. DNR manages this nationally recognized blue-ribbon trout stream as a catch and release fishing area.

Kreh was born in Frederick in 1925. Over his remarkable 75-year career, he has shared his enthusiasm and skill for fishing through his columns, books and presentations. He is known for his commitment to Maryland’s natural resources, using every available means to promote conservation and clean water, and giving back to the outdoors.

Kreh’s works spearheaded the expansion of saltwater fly fishing across the country and then the world. In 1974, he completed the seminal book on the sport—Fly Fishing in Saltwaters, which is still in print, now in its third edition. He is known for the Lefty’s Deceiver; a uniquely practical fly pattern he designed to fool striped bass—Maryland’s State fish—into biting an angler’s line. The bucktail fly pattern is the most widely used and imitated saltwater fly in the world.

After serving as the Baltimore Sun’s outdoor editor for 17 years, Kreh retired in 1990. However, he continues to teach fans, friends and protégés how to fish. In 2009, prominent broadcaster and author, Tom Brokaw called Kreh, “The embodiment of our Greatest Generation,” in recognition of his service, five WWII battle stars, and a purple heart from the Battle of the Bulge.

DNR is also honoring Kreh this year through the 2012 Maryland Fishing Challenge. Over the summer, DNR will tag and release as many as 600 tagged rockfish worth at least $500 each and one grand-prize Diamond Jim. Each month Diamond Jim goes uncaught the bounty increases - from $10,000 in June, to $20,000 in July, and $25,000 in August.

Kreh who now lives in Cockeysville, has written more than 30 books and has produced numerous instructional videos on fishing and outdoor photography. He continues to write and has a new book underway.

   June 11, 2012

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