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.