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James Bashline 1931-95

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At age 63, L. James Bashline, of Spruce Creek, died of a heart attack.  He was born November 18, 1931, in Tioga, Pa., the son of the late J. Stanley and Mildred S. Bashline. On August 3, 1952 he married Sylvia Grabe Bashline.

Mr. Bashline grew up in Coudersport Pa. and graduates from Coudersport High School. He attended Penn State’s DuBois campus and Albright Art School in Buffalo, N.Y. As a surveyor for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, he helped map the Alaskan Peninsula during the Korean War.

Mr. Bashline was an accomplished bird hunter and fly fisherman. He was an award winning outdoor writer, photographer, artist and wood carver. Bashline has written columns for Field & Stream, Fly Fisherman, North American Fisherman, Game Journal, Pennsylvania Game News, SportShooting and Fishing World. He’s also written outdoor columns for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Pittsburgh Post Gazette and the Centre Daily Times. His freelance material has been published in more than 100 magazines. He’s the author of Night Fishing for Trout, Atlantic Salmon Fishing, Allegheny Angler, Trout and Salmon Bible and Fly Fisherman’s Bible. Bashline has contributed to more than a dozen anthologies and co-edited the much-heralded book, America’s Great Outdoors. He was founding editor of the Flyfisher, the quarterly magazine published by the Federation of Fly Fishers.

He hosted a number of television shows, among them, Pennsylvania Outdoors and Outdoors USA on the PPTN Network and The Outdoorsman Series, a nationally syndicated program. His television experience included on-camera duties as well as program development, direction and script creation.

His articles, photographs and books earned many awards from the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA) and the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association (POWA). He was also honored by the Philadelphia Sportsmen’s Clubs with their Outstanding Journalist Award. The Philadelphia Safari Club presented him with their Gold Medal Award.

He served as president of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association and on the board of directors of the Outdoor Writers Association of America. He was a member of a number of conservation groups such as The Ruffed Grouse Society, The National Rifle Association, Trout Unlimited, The Atlantic Salmon Association and the Federation of Flyfishers.

His hobbies included fly tying and carving fish from basswood. Both his carvings and his flies were in great demand and he, at times, sold them as well as gave them to friends. He also crafted decorative fly pins, which were given away to friends with great care. These days a gathering of his friends at any occasion will find a number of them wearing his pin in his memory.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Tina Bashline of Ardmore, Pa. and Zoa Kile of Landisville, Pa. four grandchildren and a sister, Norma Duvall.

Editorial Experience

Centre Daily Times (State College) 1985-1995 weekly column

SportsShooting magazine 1993-1995 monthly column

Thicket’s Hunting & Fishing magazine 1993-1995 monthly column

Game Journal magazine 1988-1993 monthly column

North American Fisherman magazine 1998-1993 monthly column

Field & Stream 1968-1992 associate editor/monthly column

Pennsylvania Sportsman 1980-1987 columnist

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 1983-1984 columnist

Philadelphia Bulletin 1981-1982 columnist

Philadelphia Inquirer 1975-1980 outdoor columnist/three columns per week

Field & Stream magazine 1966-1968 managing editor

Flyfisher magazine 1967 founding editor

Pennsylvania Game News 1964-1966 editor/columnist in 1970’s

Olean Times Herald Olean, NY) 1960-1964 outdoor columnist


The Fly Fisherman’s Bible-1993-Doubleday

The Trout and Salmon Fisherman’s Bible-1991-Doubleday

Atlantic Salmon Fishing-1987-Stackpole

America’s Great Outdoors-1976-Doubleday

Night Fishing for Trout-1972-Freshet Press


Water in Pennsylvania-1982-host

Pennsylvania Outdoor Profiles-1981-host

Eastern Outdoorsman-1979-host

Outdoors USA-1970-1973-host

Selling Simplified-1985-host-firearms sales techniques for Remington Firearms.

Won 1985 Chevron Film Award.


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