LE SHACK: a very special fishing place
By Jim C. Chapralis
Description: Softcover. 216 pages (5½ X 8½ in.). 69 black and white illustrations by Charles B. Mitchell. Full-color cover. ISBN 978-0-9708653-7-3. $16.95 (U.S.)
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LE SHACK: A very special fishing place, Jim C. Chapralis’s latest book, is about an endearing, rustic fishing cabin, the rivers of rural Wisconsin, and the engaging experiences of a dozen anglers who are members of Le Shack club – all drawn to the hidden charms of Midwestern waters.
“Through the years, I have told people stories of Le Shack. No matter where they live, many say it reminds them of their own experiences…a cabin or lodge hidden in the woods away from it all with its own stories and characters,” Chapralis said.
Le Shack details its evolution from a minimum-comfort farmhouse, complete with resident mice and soaring bats, an outhouse, and no indoor running water to a more comfortable Le Shack II across the river that features indoor plumbing and lacks rodent guests. The book introduces Le Shack’s members and its traditions, and is laced with many expert tips for small stream fishing (such as wearing river branches as camouflage to approach the trout).
Author Jim C. Chapralis was fortunate enough to fish in almost 40 countries, going to some countries as many as a dozen times, during his 35 years in pioneering the international fishing travel business. “Believe me, it was a great privilege to fish such storied places as the Alta River in Norway, or to fish with famous angling writers such as Al McClane (my fishing hero). But long ago I realized that I was addicted to the streams and ‘cricks’ of Central Wisconsin.”
Inspiring and informative, anglers and non-anglers alike will delight in the charismatic guests, their quirky experiences at the shack, and their practical tips.
Author Jim C. Chapralis was a champion tournament caster. He also authored Fishing Passion, Master Your Fly Casting, World Guide to Fly Fishing, and co-authored Fishing Escapes. He passed away just weeks after Le Shack was published.
Illustrator Charles B. Mitchell is an award-winning artist whose work has been featured in American Artist, Encyclopedia Britannica, Outdoor Life, Sports Afield and other publications, as well as in museums.