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Editor's Notebook Casting News

Lefty Kreh and Joe Agree to Disagree

by Ross Purnell, Editor   |  December 17th, 2013 2
Susan Chicone photo Lefty Kreh

Lefty Kreh & Joe Mahler at the Dec. 7 Renzetti Fly Fishing Fair

Renzetti held its 4th Fly Fishing and Rod Building Fair recently in Titusville, Florida, and there were more than a few fly-fishing legends in attendance.
Longtime friends and contributors to Fly Fisherman were there including Bob Clouser, Bob Popovics, Flip Pallot, Jon Cave, Dr. Aaron Adams, and many others, with about 200 fly fishers in attendance.
In addition to fly tying, there were outdoor casting workshops with Fly Fisherman contributors Lefty Kreh and Joe Mahler. The two most recently collaborated on a point, counterpoint article in Fly Fisherman’s 2014 Gear Guide on whether the thumb or the finger should be on top for best casting performance. That issue of Gear Guide is on sale right now on newsstands across the country.

  • Dave

    These guys did a great job of clarifying the arguments in favor of each grip. I especially appreciate their “whatever works best for you” approach – I’m going to experiment more with both grips and expect my casting will improve as a result – thanks for an excellent article.

  • Bill

    I recently took a lesson from Joe, and I can now tell you what works for me, after so many middling years fly casting, is the forefinger on top. What a difference! I’m a convert.

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