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"Synthetic Flies, Flies with an 'Edited Hackle' and Catch the Hatch" - Limited Edition

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A few copies of the Limited Edition of 100 numbered hardcover books is still available. Don't miss this opportunity to add a great book to your library.


118 pages • handwritten and illustrated • 11" x 8.5" • printed in the USA

Limited Edition of 100 books • mocha vellum cover with gold embossing • each book features a unique remarque and is individually signed, dated and numbered


We are very pleased to offer Synthetic Flies, Flies with an "Edited Hackle" & Catch the Hatch by John Betts. This book aspires to re-introduce three of John Betts' early works to a new generation of fly tiers and anglers. The originals were privately published and have become rare gems in fly tying literature. I hope John's creativity and artistry will inspire you as it has me.
Synthetic Flies (1980) explores the use of synthetic materials and introduces innovative materials along with tying and coloration techniques.
Flies with an 'Edited Hackle' (1982) examines alternative materials and techniques to traditionally hackled dry flies.
Catch the Hatch (second edition, 2000) was published as a stream-side guide to mayfly duns. Although reprinted here in gray scale, fly tiers will find the descriptions, sizes and coloration an invaluable aid to tying imitations.
- Michael Hackney, from the foreword
Please Note: We can ship this item via USPS Media Mail for $4.00 to US destinations only. If you would prefer this shipping option, please order here.
Published and distributed by Reel Lines Press, the publishing
division of The Eclectic Angler.

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  1. WOW! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th Dec 2012

    The book Synthetic Flies, Flies with an 'Edited Hackle'& Catch the Hatch by John Betts has been much anticipated. When a person reads about the origins of an artist’s craft from the artist himself you will gain great insight about his processes. John Betts’ bold adventure into the unknown, which it was in the early eighties for manmade materials for the tying of the fly, has benefited the entire fly tying community. You can get some of the information today on the internet but the internet information is like reading photo static copies of photo static copies! The information is blurred and sometimes misleading. If I didn’t know better I would say that Mr. Betts was scientifically trained by the way he would go about developing the use of manmade materials for fly tying. The use of the style of tying wings on the fly so that the almost indestructible nylon may never come out I first saw illustrated in Frederic Michael Halford 1886 book Floating Flies and How to Dress Them. The 'Edited Hackle' section of the book has come in a most opportune timely manner with the traditionally hackles of today being used for hair accents thus the prices are soaring out of sight. In the Catch the Hatch fly tiers will find the descriptions, sizes and coloration an invaluable aid to tying imitations and also making tools such as wings burners to scale. I am very pleased with my copy of Synthetic Flies, Flies with an 'Edited Hackle'& Catch the Hatch and I will be passing it down to my grandsons after the next century! John F. Maloy

  2. The Trout (a poacher's tale) 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 8th Nov 2012

    Under that there river bank
    There lies a big fat trout,
    And I have tried every trick in the book
    Just to get that ol' trout out.

    I have tried with my hands to tickle him
    And I have even used a fly,
    But that fish just won't come out
    No-matter what I try.

    With a big juicy worm I have tried to tempt him
    But he won't come out for me,
    If only I could catch him
    I would have him for my tea.

    I think I'll try to net him
    But now he's just dissappeared from sight,
    So now I know one thing is for certain
    That ol' trout won't be on my dinner plate tonight.


    If Gordon had John's book "Synthetic Flies" he just might be able to put a trout on his plate. Just started reading it and great info and Insight ...Thank you John and Thank you Michael for re-publication ... I hope you have more of John's writings to re-publish!