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John Goddard
 
27/8/1924 - 26/12/2012
 
Photograph by Neil Patterson 
 
John Goddard was an author , angler and prominent entomologist. His copntribution to angler's knowledge of insects and their representation is unique in Europe. Often jokingly reffered to as "God", John was a n early member and staunch supporter of the Fly Dressers Guild an association which he retained until his death.
 
His books include:- His autobiography,  The Passionate Angler, in 2008. His other books include Trout Flies of Stillwater (1969); Trout Flies of Britain & Europe (1991); John Goddard’s Trout Fishing Techniques (1996); Understanding Trout Behaviour (with Brian Clarke, 2001); Reflections of a Game Fisher (2002); and The Trout Fly Patterns of John Goddard (2004).
 
Trout flies of Stillwater was one of my first fly tying books and while a few of the patterns look a little dsated given the new materials available they were without doubt revolutionary at the time. his treatise with Brian Clarke is held by some to be a definitive book on decieving surface feeding trout.