Matching the Hatch New Pocket Edition

Matching the Hatch New Pocket Edition

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Lady Luck smiles upon anglers who use the right flies, fish them in the right places at the right times, and make them behave like the natural insects they are meant to represent. But with such a vast range of fly patterns and sizes available, how do you choose? This handy book provides the answer.



Remarkable macro-photography of the aquatic creatures on which trout feed, an author with 65 years of flyfishing experience, a selection of the world's best fly patterns — these are the ingrediants of this invaluable source of practical information. The artificial flies described and illustrated here have been tied and recommended by Jon Beer, Brian Clarke, Charles Jardine, Peter Gathercole, Mike Weaver and other top-class flyfishers.

Matching the hatch by using an artificial fly sufficiently similar to the creatures on which the trout are feeding can greatly increase your chances of success. This completely revised and updated pocket edition with enlarged photographs will help one choose suitable flies and suggest how one can fish them in a way that will catch fish – to rely less on luck and more on judgement.

  • A new pocket edition of the original classic reference – completely revised and updated
  • Remarkable macro-photography of the aquatic creatures on which trout feed – many of which have been enlarged
  • Selection of the world's best fly patterns
  • In this pocket edition, the author has adopted nomenclature used by the Natural History Museum and by the Riverfly Partnership

 ‘The superb photographs and explanatory text make this book one of the best of its kind – essential for any beginner and of great interest to every flyfisher.’  Trout and Salmon on first edition



Over the past forty years, angling and wildlife author and broadcaster Pat O’Reilly, a professional flyfishing instructor, has provided tuition for more than 8000 peoples. An active conservationist and advisor to the UK and Welsh Governments on environmental issues, in 2003 the author was awarded an MBE for services to conservation and fisheries.

Book Specifications

Additional Information

Sub Heading Stillwater, River & Stream
ISBN 9781846892394
Author Pat O'Reilly and Photographs by Melvin Grey
Binding Paperback
Extent 224 pages, 185 x 115mm
Illustrations 278 colour photographs
Ebook No

"You don’t need to be an expert to use this book as it is handily laid out to give those of us still learning the basics a head-start on fly choice in section 1, but you may well end up being one once you get stuck into all the glorious photography of the wild insects and the artificial fly patterns in the following sections. I couldn’t help myself but flick backwards and forwards through the book, wondering to myself if I had seen that beetle before or that particular colour sedge? ... There are also useful tips for how to best to fish the flies too – worth noting! ... The final short section of the book is for those who really have ‘caught the bug’! (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.) For budding entomologists there are ideas on how to view and study your subjects at closer quarters with home aquariums as one idea." — Fish and Fly (the review can be read in full here)

"...the book features all the same valuable information and remarkable photography as the first edition, but wth 20 years' more experience for Pat to draw from." — Shooting Times & Country Magazine

"When it comes to choosing a book to learn about the bugs we see on the river, their environment and flies we can tie to replicate them there is no finer book than Pat O’Reilly’s Matching the Hatch....There are few books I can think of that are “must-haves” but this is certainly one of them. — Pete Tyjas, Eat Sleep Fish (the review can be read in full here)

'This is the new, updated edition, profusely illustrated. Keep it in the car, by the bedside or in your fishing bag; it's a must for any angler's collection.' — BASC, Shooting and Conservation Magazine

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