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Handbook Of Hatches Pb Paperback – Feb 1987

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books (February 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081172087X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811720878
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 13.9 x 1.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 236 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #785,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Outstanding...the book i've been looking for. As a freshwater fly fisherman, I've been looking for a book that offers an applicable approach to matching the hatch. This book succeded. Hughes successfully establishes the primary aquatic insects of a trout's diet (stoneflies, mayflies, and caddis flies) then skillfully and simply explains each species specific life cycle. His basic premise is to focus on 5 aspects of an insect/hatch to successfully immitate and fish it: shape (determined by species and stage), color, size, behavior, and habitat. Maintaining this theme throughout the text allows you to store this information in a logical and simple form. Futhermore, it allows you to apply this knowledge rapidly and with confidence. It the fish doesn't care what the Latin name of its food is, why should we? This book is based on the KISS principle: Keep It Simple Stupid. Outstanding.
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Format: Paperback
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 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.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you, Dave. May 22 2010
By Dan - Published on
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One of the first and best books anyone wishing to begin fly fishing should read. My opinion is that there more than a few people thrashing around with a fly rod who could use the knowledge imparted in this book. It is what the title and subtitle say it is, and well written in an interesting way, and backed with real life examples from the author's fishing career. Guide to the naturals, the patterns, and the presentations. Essential handbook for your approach to the water and food sources for trout.

Enjoyed reading this book and will read it again and reference it often, for all the information and techniques that it has to offer. Will not lend my copy to anyone!!!
Thank you, Dave.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wealth of Information July 16 2007
By Hal York - Published on
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Dave Hughes has hit a homerun with this offering. Very informative! Good reading, as well as a great reference guide. I've been fly fishing for over 25 years and have accumilated quite a library of books that cover all aspects of the sport. Many books dredge over the same material over and over again. Handbook of Hatches gives a different perspective at choosing the best fly for a particular situation. Imitative vs. impressionistic. When and where to use each.
My copy stays in my Jeep, ready to be thumbed through during a break to help me solve any trout food issues that I may be encountering. It has proven to be a fine streamside guide that myself and my fellow fly fishermen have gone to many times.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Handbook of Hatches July 13 2010
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Wow! This book is loaded with a lot of information, and it's written in a helpful and easy-to-understand manner. The pictures of the naturals and the imitations are the key. It's helped me out in identifying what I've been seeing on the water, and then giving you the flies that should work for the imitation AND how to fish them.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent work from Dave Hughes Nov. 6 2008
By J. P. Weimer - Published on
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This is a book for both novice and expert fly angler alike. Hughes has a very fluid writing style which makes for enjoyable reading. He systematically covers the various kinds of insects---mayflies, caddisflies, stoneflies, etc.---and presents excellent color photographs to illustrate both the natural insect and corresponding fly patterns. And, for fly tiers, he gives "recipes" to tie specific patterns.