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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Swan Hill Press; illustrated edition edition (21 Aug 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853108227
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853108228
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 205,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 www.first-nature.com)

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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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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful By M R Livingstone on 21 Jun 2002
Format: Hardcover
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 By R. Hart on 26 Jan 2009
Format: Hardcover
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.

R.Hart
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Clive Edwards on 24 Dec 2008
Format: Hardcover
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 By J. Burridge on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. H. Oliver on 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 By Troutman on 19 April 2011
Format: Hardcover
Just the book I was looking for. Easy to follow with loads of pictures. Ive made a collection of flys from this book and now need to try them out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M.C.Starling on 2 Jan 2011
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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 By John Gibbs on 30 May 2010
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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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