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  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books; 2 edition (Oct. 5 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811731820
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811731829
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dave Hughes is a highly respected fly-fishing writer with over two dozen books in print. He writes regularly for the popular fishing magazines and currently is a columnist for fly rod & Reel. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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This book brings everything full circle with a tight line. Starting with the food the fish eat and where it lives, how to tie it and ending with where and how to cast using it. Not a word or space wasted in this little gem. One of the biggest surprises in a long time. Highly recommend this book.
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By Steve Murphy on March 27 2014
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A very well written "handbook" with lots of great photos and stories. The fly patterns are explained and lots of great tips are provided. This one has a permanent home on my night stand.
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By rob on May 4 2015
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best hatch book goin! helps keep my leader tight!
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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful
Reference for Simplicity Feb. 20 2006
By D. Lewis - Published on
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The strength of this book is its approach at SIMPLIFYING your selection of trout patterns. Hughes' basic contribution is to make the point that bugs of specific families (e.g. mayflies, caddisflies, etc.) can all be matched by the same fly style. All that needs to be changed to match the natural is color and size. For example, a parachute style fly can be used to match BWOs, PMDs, Hendricksons, and any other mayfly. What needs to vary is just the color and size.

The other helpful point from this book is the idea that basic pattern designs should be chosen to match water conditions, not specific hatches. For example, Catskill flies for rough water, Comparadun style for smooth water, Parachute style for water in between. This is in contrast to selecting pattern designs for specific bugs (e.g. comparadun for a BWO).

The true value of this book is the focused clarity on selecting and tying patterns for a simplified fly box. I think this book will be useful for beginners confused by the vast array of available patterns, and for more advanced anglers looking for clarity and simplicity in their pattern selections.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
To catch more trout you have to learn what they eat June 3 2000
By Robert A. Terrell - Published on
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Trout eat things. Sometimes its nymphs, sometimes its Duns, sometimes its Terrestrails. This book discusses the insects that Trout eat and gives you clues on how to determine what they are eatting and how to match it when you hit the water. This fisherman introduction to bugs is scientific enough to get you started into further research if you would like and basic enough that you don't have to learn Latin names in order to understand what type of Caddis you are looking for. This book is also a good resource for learning how to tie flies that will match the hatches that you are experiencing. The only downfall in my opinion is that the pictures are not in color and therefore you don't get as exact of a photographic match of the insects as you would would color photography.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A "must have" for trout fishers Aug. 28 2009
By Michael A. Davis - Published on
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Dave Hughes is a professional writer that happens to be an avid fly fisherman. That much is obvious after reading one page of his book, "Handbook of Hatches." It would take years of experience to get to the level knowledge and the level of confidence that simply reading this book will take you to. Let's face it, a book about insects could be very tedious, OK, boring; but Mr. Hughes book reads like you are are sitting down and having a conversation with him, while fishing! He has approached this subject in a friendly and enduring style that I would not have though possible. As to the importance of the work; I believe that this is a "must have" reference for anyone that hasn't already spent a lifetime on a trout river.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
For the Novice and for the Experienced Fly Fisher May 12 2007
By C. Rich - Published on
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This is far more than an introduction to the entymology, the context, and the how-to instruction to identifying, tying and fishing with flies that match the hatches. Clearly written and well illustrated with color photography, Handbook of Hatches is a pleasure to read and reread. Food here for the novice and for the experienced fly fisher.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Love the book! Jan. 10 2007
By Gaylene J. Cranford - Published on
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Very well written, gave me (a novice) a lot of good information about what trout eat and where to find them. I especially liked the comparison with a real fly and then a picture of a tied fly. Great, I would recommend this to anyone novice or very experienced.