John Goddard was a founding member of the Surrey Branch of The Fly Dressers’ Guild.  The video clips below are extracts from the Branch’s “tribute to John Goddard” meeting, where a good friend of John’s, John Smith, tied some of John’s patterns, explained their background and reminisced about the man.  The clips also contain a fount of advice on fly tying materials, techniques and tools.

With many thanks to the Surrey Flydressers’ Guild, John Smith and Colin Spicer, and many apologies for the somewhat rough and ready truncation of Colin’s excellent filming, to keep within YouTube’s limits …

  1. John Smith on John Goddard – introduction
  2. JG’s Tungsten Hare’s Ear
  3. JG’s Persuader
  4. JG’s Suspender
  5. JG’s G&H Sedge
  6. JG’s Poly May Dun


A DVD of the full evening is available from the Surrey Flydressers’ Guild – please contact their Chairman, David Taylor, on

Unfortunately, this DVD may no longer be available.