February 18th, 2008

A Tribute to a Friend I Never Met
By James Castwell

A few years back I got a book from a fellow fly caster from Chicago and from that innocent happening grew one of the finest acquaintances/friendships I have had. We never met but chatted often on the phone. He would supply us with the results of casting tournaments and bits of happenings in his world and things in general about casting, including a section here on the basics of tournament casting. I would eventually learn that it was he who virtually started the fly fishing travel business in the world. Really, it was him.

Le Shack by Jim Chapralis

He loved to fly fish but he loved to cast as much I think. His name was foremost in the professional casting circuit. He was one of the worlds champions at several variations at it. If he did not make first place, he at least was there when whoever did made his cast. I was flattered and honored to discuss casting with him and have his report back that, "Hey, you were right, that worked; that fixed it. Thanks you so much!" Heady stuff, words form someone of his stature.

Jim Chapralis passed away not too long ago and I have his book, the one he just got done before he died. It is a fine book. I am reading it slowly, as I can still hear his voice telling me each of his adventures from the pages. I will suggest that if you like to read about another fly fishers adventures on stream and how various events went for him while fly fishing for half a century, that you purchase a copy. I truly believe that in doing so you will get to know and enjoy him as did I. It is not an expensive book and I really do think you will like it.

My main problem is that I can not reach for the phone and after punching a few buttons say, "Hey Jim, It's me. Ya, how ya doing? I got your book. Wow, what a hell of a job. Darn it, Jim, you're a great writer. I loved the stuff. Really nice job."

I miss Jim. I am sorry we did not get to meet in person. We surely did in every other way. So long buddy. ~ James Castwell

Till next week, remember . . .

Keepest Thynne Baakast Upeth

All Previous Castwell Articles
If you would like to comment on this or any other article please feel free to post your views on the FAOL Bulletin Board!

[ HOME ]

[ Search ] [ Contact FAOL ] [ Media Kit ]

FlyAnglersOnline.com © Notice