• Fly fisherman and tackle company owner John Goddard dies

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    One of the finest fly fishermen of the past century, John Goddard, has died aged 89. He travelled worldwide, from New Zealand to Norway, from South Africa and Kenya, and played a key role in promoting the fishing of many exotic locations. He joined the family business F Goddard & Co, which made garden furniture, after the Second World War, and John extended its range into fishing tackle, trading under the name Efgeeco. Few anglers who fished between 1950 and 1970 did not own an Efgeeco piece of kit, whether it was a bait box, fishing seat or reel. He sold the company in 1984. John represented England in international big-game fishing competitions, but it was for his fly-fishing that he is perhaps best known. In 1967, he published Trout Fly Recognition, the result of meticulous study of natural flies, enhanced by its painstaking photography. He later added to his reputation by publishing The Trout and the Fly (1980) with Brian Clarke, an innovative work showing how fish take a fly and how line and hooks appear to a trout. He developed more than 50 original fly patterns, the most famous of which is the  Goddard Caddis. A full obituary appears in the next Classic Angling magazine.


    Editor and publisher of Classic Angling magazine. Founder member of UK Angling Writers' Association and current chairman. Former winner of Writer of the Year. I wrote a weekly angling column for The Independent for 23 years, having previously written columns for The Guardian and Sunday Mirror. If it swims, I'll fish for it: marlin or mackerel, trout or tench, salmon or snook. I've written several books on fishing, from one for the Duke of Edinburgh's award to the notorious Catchmore Sharks (don't look at the pictures) and Bob Nudd's autobiography, How to be the World's Best Fisherman. I love exotic travel for fishing (been to Mongolia and Ecuador, the Great Barrier Reef and Arunachal Pradesh) and wish I could afford to do such trips more often. My favourite fish? Anything with fins, though I have a special love for mahseer, and I'm chairman of The Mahseer Trust.

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