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An invaluable guide to selecting from among a vast array of fly patterns and sizes – the standard work for the ardent trout-fisher and fly-tier.

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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 fly-fisher. --Trout and Salmon

Frankly, I cannot recommend this book enough. --Glasgow Sunday Post

Destined to become a standard work for the ardent troutfisher and fly-tyer. --Caithness Courier

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Writer and broadcaster Pat O'Reilly came from Bromsgrove - one of his better decisions, he claims. He worked hard but briefly as an electronics engineer, less hard and more briefly as a college and university lecturer, and hardly hard at all for more than thirty years as a fly-fishing instructor. He has also had lots of fun running writers' courses and as a management consultant specialising in mobilising imagination and creativity, while keeping his own feet firmly grounded as an environmental advisor to governments...

Pat has written two dozen books and numerous newspaper and magazine articles. His most most recent non-fiction book, published in 2011, is Fascinated by Fungi; while his latest novel, born in 2014, is Frazzle.

Pat's hobbies include fly fishing, hiking, wildlife photography, and of course writing about these and other obsessions.

Awarded the MBE in 2003 for his environmental work, Pat O'Reilly lives in West Wales with his wife Sue and far too many books. (They are the authors of the 2000-page wildlife and ecology website

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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One for imitative fly fishers! 21 Jun. 2002
Matching the Hatch, in Pat O'Reilly's own words should be called Matching the Munch. 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. I 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!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Making Light of your Fly box 26 Jan. 2009
By R. Hart
I always smile when I see the name O'Reilly my mind goes back to Fawlty Towers, but that is where the smile ends, Pat O'Reilly's book Matching the Hatch dispels even more myths about fly fishing. Pat's magic twelve in four sizes of each pattern plus four other patterns in two sizes each pattern, should and will cover most fly fishing situations. Fiftysix flies in total, they will not make the medium size box look overfull.

Pat makes Entomology a pleasent experience, Chris Ogborne does the same, Oliver Edwards is the Doyen of Entomology they all make entomology an enjoyable experience and a well worth part of Fly Fishing, it ain't difficult and it does make for a much better fishing day.

Thanks Pat.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Catch more trout 24 Dec. 2008
This superb book should help you catch more trout. It lists the 7 best flies and then adds a few more to make 12 to aid you at the river side. It helps you tie them if you wish, or directs you in what to buy and in what sizes to cover most of the hatch. Helps you identify the bugs being eaten and match them from your fly box. With good information and great pictures. Read this book carefully as a beginner and you will catch more fish
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gobble this one up! 8 Nov. 2009
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As a newcomer to fly fishing, this has been a great buy. It's relevant to the UK fly fisher, concisely written, very informative, well illustrated and lists a bit of extra reading if you want it. It's a great book to help you start a sensibly-sized collection of flies too and if I sold flies, I'd capitalise and sell a pre-assembled set of the author's Magnificant Seven.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Matching the Hatch 30 May 2010
There are at least two respects in which I regard this book as excellent: it is well-written, and it addresses the subject of the behaviour of nymphs. I mention the former because I have done a lot of editing and notice immediately when a writer makes a grammar or syntax error; I can also see whether he has thought about his sentences. The writer scores highly on both of these counts and adds an occasional touch of humour. Well-written books are becoming a rarity nowadays, though fly-fishing books seem better than most.
But enough of this - the main reason for recommending this book is the information on nymph behaviour. Most fly-fishing books give little or no space to this and yet it is one of the most important things that a fly fisherman learns. A trout feeds mainly below the surface and is often put off by a nymph behaving oddly. Thus it is vital that a fisherman knows whether his nymph is a darter, a crawler, or a burrower - and how it makes its way to the surface.
There is, of course, much more information than this. If I have a third reason for recommending this book it is that it is available for a very reasonable price.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable reference guide 19 Jun. 2010
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This is the perfect book for those fly fisherman (like me) who just want an overview of the trout's diet and equivalent flies, without going into too much detail. Clear, well set out, and eminently readable. Just the job.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still young enough to learn. 2 Jan. 2011
I'm a retired Engineer of 71 years, and Having taken lessons in fly casting and learning to tie flies,this book was just what I was looking for. informative from the trouts view point,with good explanations of under water life cycles,clear pictures of both live and tied flies and small fish. I recommend this book to any one starting out fly fishing and also to those already hooked.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great help 9 April 2010
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I having recently taken up fly fishing,I have had difficulty understanding which fly to use and identify. this book has certainly clarified it for me. Well writte easily understood along with plenty of illustrations and photographs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD. Will serve me well =some advice approaches those ...
GOOD.Will serve me well =some advice approaches those I use now nice to know I am on the right track;time the fish realised it also
Published 3 months ago by descartes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book
Published 4 months ago by Lark
4.0 out of 5 stars It kept me quite
I found this a very interesting and informative read, it gave me a lot to think about and will possible change the way I tie and fish my flies. Read more
Published 5 months ago by sparra
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative and useful
My husband bought this and found it so useful that he bought another copy to give to his fishing partner for Christmas! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. S. A. Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars I am learning so much from this book i am very pleased
a fantastic book everythink that i hoped for and more very informative and is improving my fishing on rivers a lot
Published 10 months ago by k.dixon
5.0 out of 5 stars Fly fishing
A really excellent little book deserving a place in any fisherman's library. It is refreshing to see that the number of flies is limited to a set of five covering most fishing... Read more
Published 12 months ago by R. Goodrum
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful to have
As someone still learning the art (after several years at it!) I found this useful as a bit of a handbook, often referring to it before a trip to the waterside to assist my... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Kevin Leeds
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal basic entomology for the fisherman
Good basic stuff with good clear photos. Ideal for basic fly recognition - it goes into more detail but you can take out what you want without getting too bogged down.
Published 22 months ago by Bill1
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine coverage of the subject
I bought this book for my son's Christmas present with 36 flies and found it hard to relinquish the gift. But I'm glad my son shares the hobby and can enjoy the excitment
Published on 8 Jan. 2013 by G. T. Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great intro for understanding the trout's food
Great introduction to the lifecycle of the trout's food and the matching patterns though a few of the patterns are a tiny bit dated.
Published on 27 Dec. 2012 by RFC ELLIS
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