CCA Dallas holds annual banquet, honors Lefty Kreh

Thursday marked an evening of support for the Dallas chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association, as more than 300 anglers filed in for their annual banquet at the Frontier of Flight Museum at Love Field.

The main focus of the event was raising support for conservation, and guests got to meet legendary angler Lefty Kreh, who received the “Conservation Sportsman of the Year” award from the chapter.

Kreh accepted the award, and had time for a few comments. He and the crew from Temple Fork Outfitters have been down in the Dallas Metroplex working with designers for upcoming products.

“It’s been great to be down here and working with some top-drawer people,” Kreh said during the event.

Kreh, 88, made his mark in the industry as a fly fisherman, eventually penning “Fly Fishing in Salt Water” — one of the seminal books on the subject. Chapter President Robert DiCicco gave a brief introduction to the honored guest, but mentioned that the angler needed very little introduction.

“All I have to say is this man has fished with Ernest Hemingway,” DiCicco said. “And how many presidents have you fished with Lefty?”

“Just two,” Kreh replied.