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"The essential companion of all flyfishers who want to improve their knowledge, catch results and enjoyment of river or stillwater trout fishing"
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Large pictures of the most important insects and other creatures on which trout feed; clear, concise details of hatching times, locations and habitat requirements plus large pictures and tying details for matching imitations tied by the world's best flydressers including Charles Jardine, John Beer, Mike Weaver, Neil Patterson, Bernard Venables, Donald Downs and Brian Clarke. (224 pages all in full colour; hardback laminated cover)
..best of the bunch...
Brian Clarke, The Times
Trout and Salmon
"...clear, superb macro photographs make this an essential companion of all flyfishers who want to improve their knowledge, catch results and enjoyment of river or stillwater trout fishing...
As someone who is just starting along the road of imitative fly fishing and tying I have found this book an invaluable addition to my library. It is a superb guide to what trout may be feeding on throughout the year and most importantly it is written for the UK. It is not what I originally expected in that it is not a fly-tying book. It is, however, superb! The book is made clear and is divided into the different seasons so you know what to look out for at different times of the year. For the fly-tiers among us, brief descriptions and photos are included of flies to use to imitate each beastie. My own project over the next few weeks is to tie the Magnificent Seven and the Deadly Dozen from this book. Buy it, read it, and most importantly enjoy it."
Review on Amazon
"If you struggle to identify flies and are not sure how to choose an imitation then this is definitely the book for you. Illustrated with a whole series of quality photographs, Matching the Hatch has been cleverly thought out. ...we like this book so much that we use it on a daily basis to assist tutoring our guests!"
Nick Hart & Henry Gilby, flyfishing instructors and broadcasters
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Pat O'Reilly MBE has been fishing for more than 50 years, mainly for trout and sea trout on rivers and streams. As an APGAI qualified flyfishing instructor he ran flyfishing courses in Wales and overseas for nearly thirty years. For 12 years he chaired the Environment Agency's Fisheries, Ecology and Recreation Advisory Committee in Wales, and until March 2013 he was a council member and Deputy Chairman of the Countryside Council for Wales (now Natural Resources Wales). Pat has also served on Government's Fisheries Legislation Review Group and is a frequent contributor to Trout and Salmon, Gamefisher, Welsh Country and several other game fishing and countryside magazines.
Pat's many other books include Tactical Flyfishing (1990); An Introduction to Fly Tying; River Trout Fishing; Fly Tying; Fishing Wales (Ed); The Trout and Salmon Guide to fishing the Rivers of Wales; A Flyfisher's Guide to the Teifi Valley, and many others.