Don’s false start after 30-year lay-off – but he’s soon back in the swing

Big smiles from 88-year-old Don Chapman, far left, and froends at East Tuddenham. Picture: Tony Hull

Big smiles from 88-year-old Don Chapman, far left, and froends at East Tuddenham. Picture: Tony Hull Photography. - Credit: Archant

'It's broke me line and broke me heart,' yelled 88-year-old Don Chapman on the Norfolk & Suffolk Flyfishers second sell-out Try the Fly session of the weekend at East Tuddenham.

Head coach Jim Gill passing on his knowledge to the youngsters at East Tuddenham. Picture: Tony Hull

Head coach Jim Gill passing on his knowledge to the youngsters at East Tuddenham. Picture: Tony Hull Photography - Credit: Archant

Tempted back after a 30-year lay-off by his son Paul, who also fished, Don pulled out his first ever fish since giving up his beloved sea fishing due to ill health all those years ago.

However, fishing the armchair swim in front of the huts, under the expert tutelage of Mike Shaw, one of the coaching assistants, Don soon banked one on a pea nymph and one on a dry to put a big smile back on his face.

Wendy Vaudin kept up her 100pc record by catching again on her second visit as did young Elsie Neale from North Norfolk on Saturday. This Sunday sees the Presidents Trophy Single Fly match for members. Fishing is from 10am until 1pm. For bookings or more information contact organiser John Minns on 01263 733591.


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