The Most Famous Fly-fisherman: Ranking the Legends

Choose the fly-fisherman you think is the most famous!

Author: Gregor Krambs
Updated on Apr 7, 2024 08:10
Welcome to StrawPoll's ultimate showdown of the most famous fly-fishermen! This is the place where legends are born and the best of the best vie for the top spot in our rankings. We've cast our nets far and wide to reel in the most renowned anglers from around the globe, and now it's up to you to decide who deserves the prestigious title of the most famous fly-fisherman. Will it be the celebrity angler, the world-record holder, or perhaps the unsung local hero? Dive into this riveting ranking, cast your vote, and make your voice heard. And if you think we've let the big one get away, worry not! You can always suggest a missing option and make sure your favorite fishing icon gets the recognition they deserve. So, grab your gear, wade into the waters of our poll, and let the best fly-fisherman emerge victorious!

Who Is the Most Famous Fly-fisherman?

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    Known as the "Father of Modern Fly Fishing," Kreh was a legendary fly fisherman, writer, and teacher who contributed greatly to the sport's development. He was a member of the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame and the International Game Fish Association Hall of Fame.
    Lefty Kreh in other rankings
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    A pioneering fly fisherwoman, Wulff was the first woman to hold a world record for fly casting. She was also a renowned instructor and author, and her casting techniques are still widely used today.
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    A prominent fly fisherman and filmmaker, Wulff is known for his innovative fly patterns and his conservation efforts. He was also instrumental in developing the catch-and-release philosophy.
    Lee Wulff in other rankings
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    A respected fly tyer and author, Gartside was known for his innovative patterns and his contributions to the fly fishing community.
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    George Harvey
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    A legendary angler and teacher, Harvey was known for his innovative nymphing techniques and his contributions to fly fishing education. He was also a member of the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame.
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    A well-known author and fly fishing instructor, Rosenbauer has written numerous books and articles on the subject, and hosts the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast.
    Tom Rosenbauer in other rankings
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    A prolific fly tyer and artist, Whitlock was known for his realistic fly patterns and his contributions to the sport of fly fishing.
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    A popular author and fly fisherman, Gierach has written numerous books on the subject, including the classic Trout Bum.
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    A respected fly fisherman, author, and instructor, Borger has written numerous books and articles on the subject, and is known for his innovative techniques and theories.
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    A prolific writer and educator, Hughes has authored over 20 books on fly fishing and related subjects, and is known for his clear and concise writing style.

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Ranking factors for famous fly-fisherman

  1. Skill and expertise
    Their level of skill and expertise in fly-fishing and their general knowledge of the sport. 2. Innovations and contributions: The innovations and contributions they have made to the sport, such as new fly patterns, techniques, or equipment. 3. Impact on the industry: The impact they have had on the fly-fishing industry as a whole, such as through their influence on other anglers or their contributions to conservation efforts. 4. Public recognition and popularity: Their level of public recognition and popularity, such as through media appearances, social media following and endorsements, and any awards or accolades they have received. 5. Legacy: The lasting impact they have had on the sport and the fly-fishing community.

About this ranking

This is a community-based ranking of the most famous fly-fisherman. We do our best to provide fair voting, but it is not intended to be exhaustive. So if you notice something or fly-fisher is missing, feel free to help improve the ranking!


  • 189 votes
  • 10 ranked items

Voting Rules

A participant may cast an up or down vote for each fly-fisher once every 24 hours. The rank of each fly-fisher is then calculated from the weighted sum of all up and down votes.

More information on most famous fly-fisherman

Fly-fishing is a type of angling that has gained popularity in recent years due to its unique and challenging nature. It involves using a specialized rod, reel, and line to cast a lightweight fly, often made of feathers or synthetic materials, to lure fish to bite. There have been many famous fly-fishermen throughout history, including Ernest Hemingway, who wrote about his love for the sport in his novel "The Old Man and the Sea." Other notable fly-fishermen include former US presidents Herbert Hoover and Dwight D. Eisenhower, as well as famous actors like Liam Neeson and Paul Newman. But who is the most famous fly-fisherman of all time? This question has sparked debate among enthusiasts and experts alike, with many different opinions and arguments being offered. Nevertheless, one thing is certain: fly-fishing continues to capture the hearts and minds of millions of people around the world, and its legacy is sure to endure for many years to come.

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