Press Release: June 15, 2009
The Passing of Jim Repine
The fly-fishing industry has lost another of its personalities.
Jim Repine, 75, author, photojournalist, guide, lodge-owner and friend to many in the fly-fishing industry died June 7, 2009 at his home in Santiago, Chile. Jim succumbed to a brain tumor that was diagnosed in December 2008.
Jim was born in Virginia, served in the Marines, migrated to Alaska in 1968, and after a successful 20-year career in the outdoors there, moved to Chile. In Chile, Jim and his wife Sonia owned and operated the Futaleufu Lodge on the river of the same name, near the Argentina-Chile border. Jim’s life works include hundreds of magazine articles and columns, several books, and numerous photo-essays depicting trout and salmon fishing from around the globe. In addition to his homewaters in Alaska, Chile and Argentina, Jim particularly loved Ireland, England, Japan, and the Atlantic Salmon venues of Northeastern Canada. His articles have appeared in almost every significant fly-fishing and travel journal in the world.
Jim Repine was a great friend to fly-fishermen around the world and is among the most-respected of the fly-fishing press and personalities.
Harry J. Briscoe
Hexagraph Fly Rod Company