The last days of Chapmans of Ware

words and pictures by Nick Fallowfield-cooper

In the spring of 2016 the Chapman brothers finally shut up their workshop in Ware, Hertfordshire for the last time since it first opened in 1957. In my article for Fallon's Angler issue 5, I visit the workshop and talk to John and Brian Chapman about their involvement in the building of split cane fishing rods, the history and the future for this iconic tackle maunfacturer.