Reviewed by Deanna Birkholm (LadyFisher)
Jim Chapralis' name should be familiar to you. He has
written a complete section on casting, including
Tournament Fly Casting for Fly Anglers OnLine,
along with the basics for getting your casting up
to speed to improve the quality of your fishing.
Master Your Fly Casting!...and have fun doing it
is Jim's latest book, and one which is not the 'average'
casting book. It is not a basic casting book, nor is it
an 'easy fix' for casting problems. A ton of books are
out there on those subjects.
Instead, what Jim has done is give the person who already
knows how to cast, a level-to-level system to take their
casting to a higher plane - to put them among the top ten
percent of all casters.
For those who have read Jim's work here, some will be a
repeat - but having the book at your hand instead of on
the computer screen can make some of the lessons even
From the back cover:
SECTION ONE Follow the level-to-level progressive
approach and zoom into the WOW! Class of fly casters - to
the top 10 percent! Why practice? (A must-read chapter)
Where to practice? (Just about anywhere) How to
set up targets (less than $20) Tackle you need (you
probably have it) Get others involved (family, friends,
other anglers) 11 levels of casting expertise - including
distance practice (if you know the double haul).
If you are interested in really becoming a fine caster, get
Master Your Fly Casting! It is very well written and
presented in a logical manner - and the 'tips' throughout the
book are worth the purchase price alone.
SECTION TWO Introuduction to ACA accuracy games (e.g.,
the classic "Dry Fly" and the challenging "Bass Bug")
Distance? (Would you believe some anglers can throw a fly
more than 2/3 of a football field with a single-hand fly rod?)
Try the featherlight 5-weight distance or the button-buster
Two-Hand Distance Fly Event.
SECTION THREE Interviews with Steve Rajeff (best fly
caster ever!), Dick Fujita, John Seroczynski, Henry Mittel,
Zack Wilson and other all-time greats How to run a
tournament Casting is a family affair (Alice Gillibert
cast a fly 150 feet; her daughter and son are also champions)
Casting for everyone (senior casters throw a fly over
200 feet; another senior caster is among the top six accuracy
casters despite loss of vision in one eye).
Nice job Jim! We are delighted to recommend it to our readers. ~ DLB
Master Your Fly CastingPrevious Reviews
By Jim C. Chapralis
Published by AnglingMatters
P.O. Box 4938
Skokie, IL 60076
Softbound, 5.5 x 8.5 inches, 216 pages, black & white illustrations
Price: $16.95 US