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 book features all the same valuable information and remarkable photography as the first edition, but with 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
About the Author
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.