Time to think about “Matching the Hatch”

Feel like some folk are talking a foreign language when they are talking about insects? Do you want to look cool because you can tell the difference between a Large Dark Olive and a Blue Winged Olive?

For those of us that are starting to think about a little entomology now is the time to start reading up. The most easilly digestible of all the books out there is this one…

The picture takes you directly to Amazon Matching the Hatch: Stillwater, River and Stream

For those that dont have it it is

A guide to help the angler choose the right artificial fly, including macro-photography of insect life combined with selections of the most lookalike lure. The book suggests that the angler observes the insect that seems to attract the most, and choose a fly from the photographs supplied

The photos really are very good, and it should sort out those “what fly to try today” situations !


  1. George · January 2, 2021

    Hiya, yep you read my mind too man :o)
    I bought this book a wee while ago, still to read it properly, but on the ” flick thro ” it is a good book and worth the cash.
    I’ve been getting ready to start the tying again and will be filling my early season box in the next week or so .. hopefully to get my first ” pull ” :o)

    Laters :o)

  2. Alistair · January 2, 2021

    I would say it is one of the best books for UK rivers. It is easy to understand and the hatches are in the expected sequence throughout the year.
    Roll on the Large Dark Olives I say πŸ™‚


  3. mike · January 2, 2021

    Um… what’s a ‘hatch’? Has it got something to do with insects or something?

  4. Alistair · January 2, 2021

    Yea Mike – its that thing you are supposed to be thinking about between tight loops πŸ˜‰


  5. Adrian · January 2, 2021

    John Goddard’s Waterside Guide is also worth a read.

  6. Alistair · January 2, 2021

    Will look that one up Adrian !


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