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Fly fishing on wild becks [Paperback]

Mr Pat Regan
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13 Dec 2012
The wild North Country trout streams of the UK hold a magnetic allure for anglers who love the challenge of these exhilarating places. Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cumbria all posses lovely watercourses that each new season bring fishermen, both expert and tyro, back time and time again. Pat Regan the author of: Fly fishing on wild becks, has spent decades perfecting the mysterious craft of the fly-fisher in pursuit of wild brown trout and grayling. In this book the author shares an intimate, rural knowledge of watercraft and riverside wisdom that is quite unique. This information has been hard-won from years of fishing on the banks of wild rivers like the Twiss, Doe, Greta, Hodder, Lune, Yarrow, Wenning and others. Pat Regan imparts his knowledge though a series of honest, and sometimes amusing, accounts of riverside experiences. Flies are discussed in detail and patterns are included so that the angler can try out Pat’s original dressings. Pat Regan has taught the art of fly tying at adult education classes and demonstrated at game and country events, Pat also previously won a round of the Partridge of Redditch, Advanced Fly Dressing Competition. Fly fishing on wild becks takes the fly-fisher to the next level and beyond.

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  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (13 Dec 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1481250000
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481250009
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author...

I am a married father of four lovely children and also a grandfather of a three.
I was born and raised in Southport Lancashire. I have both Swiss and Irish blood running through my veins and the rebellious Celtic fraction may be what gives me the internal fire to stand against bullies of any sort, which are regularly mentioned within the revealing pages of my book, 'Dirty Politics'.
As a child and younger man I was largely indifferent to what went on in the world. So long as nothing affected me I let things slide by.
Nevertheless, life had other plans for me and as my thirties, drifted into my forties my will became firmly set against various injustices in both the political arena and within ecological concerns. My primary mode of self expression was first, as a painter with brush and canvas, yet later on the written word became my favoured technique of attacking life's inadequacies. I believe that the power of the written word must not be underestimated! Words are higher thought forms manifested into hard reality; the potential influence they hold on the human psyche is greater than most of us are ever aware!
Back in 2003 I first discovered how filthy politics could become when a well-meant, cross-party, secular anti-hospital cuts campaign brought out the very worst in self-righteous politicians who had lost face and were clearly out for revenge. My family was attacked in the press and on the internet by the politicians who were 'supposed' to be supporting the rights of their constituents and I, along with several other concerned individuals, realised that the world must be alerted to their despicable deeds and misleading propaganda.
The hatred they levelled at any dissenters to their agendas was soon to be directed towards the local countryside when concerns about their eco-destructive development plans surfaced.
Before too long the same despots were seeking to enforce the detested 2-week waste collection scheme on residents. They would not listen to legitimate public concerns and steamrollered over anyone who stood in their way. They used every trick in the book to silence their critics yet I exposed them along with other campaigners at every opportunity. I quickly discovered that other UK boroughs were receiving 'The Treatment' by totalitarian authorities that had run out of control, via enforcement of this Government's massively unpopular bin policy.
Dirty Politics was born as a means to highlight the gross hypocrisy and dictatorship festering deep within local authorities towards the UK's populace.
Someone had to write this ground breaking book and it just so happened that the gods, in their wisdom, granted me with this substantial task!
So far in life I have been deeply involved with many campaigns for the environment, wildlife, minority religious rights, exposure of apathy from authorities like the Ministry of Defence towards unidentified objects and of course more recently the crusade to return our more hygienic weekly waste collections. The bin issue is also set to escalate due to manic proposals to worsen this situation with 'monthly' (yes, 4 week) collections next. Watch this space!
My latest claim to fame has been to appear on US TV (the History Channel, UFO Hunters show) and appear in the International press subsequent to me inadvertently photographing something rather bizarre over the skies of Lancashire. This will be the subject of a future book.

I am probably happiest when fly fishing on the wild spate stream of Lancashire and Yorkshire by myself. I have a website about this passion and I have also published a book about that particular subject. (Fly Fishing on Wild Becks.) http://pat-regan.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/fly-fishing-on-wild-becks-secrets-of.html

My chief interests (I hate the term 'hobbies') include:

Writing about things that affect me and interest me; exposing closet hypocrites in political circles that think they are above reproach; being good to close friends; looking after the family; fly fishing and fly tying; Growing fruit and vegetables; painting pictures, when I get a minute; campaigning about any issues that seem unjust; Ufology (I have created a popular research outlet/website regarding this issue called North West UFO Research); ancient global mythology and native British Pagan religion (I have written two published books on this subject; the New Pagan Handbook and before that, The Torch and the Spear).

I occasionally indulge in shooting (I hold a Firearms Certificate); weight - lifting, martial arts (I initially trained with the legendary late, great Gary Spiers); combat knife throwing, metal-detecting in remote areas; seeking to protect the threatened countryside/wildlife from the excess of councils and callous politicians and many other things that I simply cannot recall just now.

I must say that my efforts in various campaigns have brought to me a wide band of good and genuine friends who really care about how society is going. My greatest wish would be to see such caring crusaders in places of influence.

PETER SWIFT AND THE SECRET OF GENOUNIA - http://www.amazon.com/Peter-Swift-Secret-Genounia-Volume/dp/1478336595




Latest work is: The Devil God's best friend

http://pat-regan.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/the-devil-gods-best-friend-by- pat-regan.html








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About the Author

About the Author Pat Regan was born and raised in Southport Lancashire. He is a professional author, environmental campaigner and dedicated, life-long angler. A man of various talents, Pat was previously a tree surgeon and later become a chiropodist, reflexologist and sports massage therapist. He also helps his wife, Cath, manage a busy, preschool childcare facility. Pat is the father of four children and when time permits Cath also likes to cast a line. He is also well-known in Ufology and Paranormal circles. His latest books include: UFO: The Search for Truth. http://ufo.books.officelive.com/default.aspx The New Pagan Handbook http://thenewpaganhandbook.jigsy.com/ Dirty Politics http://dirtypolitics.jigsy.com/ The Torch and the Spear Pat Regan is an accomplished master-class, fly tier who has previously taught this rural art at college and game fairs. He also enjoys making and selling traditional floats and flies by hand. Pat participates in many types of angling but his first love is chasing wild trout with tiny dry flies on the bleak, northern British spate streams. LINKS Pat’s fishing site http://dryflyfisher.yolasite.com/ Facebook http://www.facebook.com/reganclan?ref=tn_tnmn eBay http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/earlyolive/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=&_trksid=p3686 Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/Pat_Regan

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Bill1
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This is an excellent book on fly fishing the dry fly on North Country becks. I know many of the waters that he talks about and fished them in my youth. When he writes about fishing his touch is sure, his knowledge extensive and his views well worth listening to.
I found some of his bucolic anecdotes heavy handed and uninteresting and in my view, by leaving them out he would have produced a slimmer but better book. Hence only four stars.

However, the fishing stuff is excellent and I would recommend this book wholeheartedly to any fly fisher whether they fish rivers or not.
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This is a very engaging account of one man's approach to fly fishing in North West England. Some of it is a bit idiosyncratic but that's fine and makes it all the more personal.
Not really a beginners 'how to' book but will appeal to anyone who has fished the streams and rivers of Cumbria.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Found it irritating but enjoyed 5 Mar 2014
By Rammer
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I cannot agree more with Richard123. I thought exactly the same about the style of writing, mainly the overuse of certain words and phrases. Lots of typos and formatting errors. Also, the calling of other anglers buffoons and fools for using different methods to his.

I also agree with Richard123 on his use of light tippets. On the rivers described in the book and for the flies he uses to fish with, 0.14mm line (approx 2.5lbs standard nylon, 4lbs double strength) is quite thin enough to deceive most fish, especially when Pat describes his ideal water levels and colour. I also think that a 6', 3 weight rod ridiculous for the stretches of the river Ribble, Hodder and Lune Pat fishes. He will have very little control over his line and fly drag. Looking at one of the photos in the book, the small rod would lead to the full/straight arm movement when casting.

However, I did enjoy about 3/4s of the book as it describes fishing the types of rivers I fish now. I also started my fly fishing on the river Hodder, at higher Hodder bridge, in the 70s when 13 years old. Dry fly was the norm for us in those days and catching on wet fly was a rare occurrence. To call dry fly fishing on these rivers a cult is elevating himself to to a level that just does not exist. I would say that most anglers I know, and that's quite a few, would all prefer to use dry fly as first option and often persist when other fly methods would work better.

I, like Pat, generally tie flies from observing naturals and his patterns are quite similar to mine. I would definitely drop the split wing approach as I did a number of years ago and migrate on to poly-post parachute flies, which are far more successful and easier to tie. Poly-post flies prove that wing colouration makes no difference as I have tested natural colours against hi-vis versions without noticing any difference in catch rates, even in the lowest, clearest water conditions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute joy to read. 5 Jan 2013
Absolutely stunning detail encompassed with a passion for the sport. Pat Regans Book is a fantastic read for the novice and experienced fly fisher.
I personally felt the child like excitement grow with each new chapter as each tale from river and beck unfolded into a descriptive adventure.
If you love fly fishing and being at one in nature this book will engross you....... quite simply you will not want to put it down once you have started reading it.
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