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The Letort's Legacy

December 23, 2003 By: Marshall Cutchin

A very interesting piece about the history of the Letort River in southern Pennsylvania, the river’s role in helping shape the thinking of America’s fly fishing pioneers (including Charlie Fox, Vince Marinaro and Ernie Schwiebert), and a debate over whether the Letort’s trout are disappearing and why. Is it possible that this one difficult river was inspiration for longer leaders, light tippets, thorax-style dry flies (since traditional Catskill dries didn’t work), and terrestrial patterns? Obviously the Letort deserves special attention.