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The 50 Most Influential Fly Fishers

The people who changed the face of fly fishing over the past five decades.

The 50 Most Influential Fly Fishers

Joe Brooks was the fishing editor of Outdoor Life, he appeared regularly on the TV show The American Sportsman, and he was a friend and a mentor to a young Lefty Kreh, the most influential person in the modern era of fly fishing.

This story first appeared in the Oct-Nov-Dec 2018 issue of Fly Fisherman magazine. It was Fly Fisherman’s 50th anniversary issue.

It’s important to recognize the people who are so intimately tied to the success we’ve had in advancing this sport over the past 50 years, but we freely admit no one will completely agree with this list. We’ve all been influenced by different sets of people. Younger fly fishers might have been inspired by the adventures of Oliver White or through George Daniel’s technical instruction, yet are unfamiliar with Vince Marinaro. These differences are not strictly generational. Fly fishing is also geographic...

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