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Jim C. Chapralis pioneered the international fishing travel business. In 1961/62 he set up the Fishing Division for Safari Outfitters, Inc. In 1975, he and others founded PanAngling Travel Service. Jim edited The PanAngler, (a monthly newsletter devoted to international fishing) for 25 years.

Jim was the first outdoor travel agent to set up fishing trips in Belize, Costa Rica, Colombia, Argentina and other countries

Jim ChapralisSince the early 1960s, he and his staff had booked more than 40,000 international fishing trips for anglers and have assisted in the exploration, development and marketing of numerous fishing areas around the globe. Chapralis has fished in about 40 countries.

In 1998 he sold PanAngling Ltd.

Jim has written dozens of articles for major fishing and outdoor magazines and wrote World Guide to Fly Fishing (a 450-page hardcover book) in 1987, and co-authored, Fishing Escapes in 1998.

His FISHING PASSION: a lifelong love affair with angling is his newest book (2002).

Jim was elected to the original Fishing Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the Dolphin Award for his contributions to international fishing.
He won the International Distance Fly Casting Championship (Paris, France, 1955) and the All-Round Casting Championship (Stuttgart, Germany, 1956).

Although he had not participated in a national tournament for 45 years, Jim competed in the ACA National Casting Championships held in Lexington, Kentucky, August, 2001 and won the Gold Medal (first place) for the Senior Distance Single-Handed Fly Casting Championship with a long cast of 163 feet.

Prior to his international fishing travel career, Jim's varied background includes guiding in Ontario at Camp Manitou, manufacturing and importing fishing tackle (Sportackle International), editing two regional outdoor publications and serving as a fishing consultant to an encyclopedia.

Jim is also a Representative of the prestigious International Game Fish Association.

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