A Note from Fly Fishing Legend Lefty Kreh

an edited note from Lefty Kreh: To my friends, I was 92 in January and had a carotid artery operation. During testing the hospital determined my heart was only pumping 35% and must limit my physical activities followed by a rest. Because of the low heartbeat my body is not getting rid of all the fluids and I gained weight. After five days in the hospital. A week or so later I starting gaining weight again so it was back in the hospital for the same treatment. It’s been a fine-tuning situation but looks like it’s starting work. I’m not frustrated and I’m content my problem is, I don’t have a lot of stamina and have to work around that. I would like to be able to send this email to my friends but I don’t really know how to do this. In summary, I’m busy and content, but I want you to know I am so appreciative you’ve have shared your lives with me. All The Best Friends, Lefty

It is at the request of legendary fly fisherman Lefty Krek, that we share this note. We at Gray’s Sporting Journal wish Lefty a fond farewell from his place in the spotlight and into his retirement. His presence will be surely missed at and around the conventions and saltwater flats he used to command so well. Best of luck, Mr. Kreh.

an edited note from Lefty Kreh:

To my friends,

I was 92 in January and had a carotid artery operation. During testing the hospital determined my heart was only pumping 35% and must limit my physical activities followed by a rest. The industry was extremely helpful, and last season I was able to attend the shows, clinics, etc.

Several weeks ago, I realized I was developing another problem, which is normal for someone nearly 93. It turns out I have congested heart failure. My pacemaker revealed there was a series of very rapid hear beats, which could cause a stroke. Fortunately, a lot of doctor/friends are fly-fisherman and worked with me. In summary, I have to give up travel and presentations as in the past.

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