Pocket Guide to Matching the Hatch

by Peter Lapsley

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This compact, little pocket book – the first ever to feature the natural insect next to its matching artificial fly – arms the angler with all the information he needs to select the right fly from his flybox.

• Superb photographs of aquatic insects (larvae, pupae, adults)
  with the artificial flies positioned alongside them
• Times of hatching   
• The geographical distribution
• Whether it is a river fly or a lake fly, or both
• Life cycles of the insects
• Clues from the river and from the trout’s behaviour

Peter Lapsley contributes regularly to Flyfishing & Flytying and is author of several fishing books. He is a qualified national game angling instructor.

Dr Cyril Bennett is one of the UK’s leading entomologists, specialising in river insects. His photographs of insects – some never before captured on camera – add a unique element to this book.


178 Colour photographs, 40 Black & white illustrations


Apr 14, 2010


About the Author:

Peter Lapsley, who died in August 2013, was an inveterate fisher of trout, sea trout and grayling in the UK and overseas for over 50 years and was a qualified game angling instructor. He contributed countless articles to a wide range of British and overseas game angling and field sports magazines. The Pocket Guide to Matching the Hatch was the eleventh book he had written (or in this case co-written). Peter fished chiefly on the chalkstreams and stillwaters of southern and south west England but always had a soft spot for the wild trout waters of Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

Dr Cyril Bennett has been a flyfisherman for nearly 50 years during which time he has been fascinated by the fly life of rivers. He was a founder member of the Riverfly Partnership and pioneered the Anglers Monitoring Initiative to enable anglers to detect pollution incidents. His PhD with the University of London was on the ecology of mayflies and he is a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society. He lives in Amesbury, in the heart of the southern chalkstreams, and he is married with two children and two grandchildren.

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