Dead Drift - a novel by Pat O'Reilly

WTT Vice President Pat O'Reilly will be well known to many anglers for his book 'Matching the Hatch'. 

His latest book is a fast moving thriller called 'Dead Drift' that has, inevitably, flyfishing woven into its intricate plot.

Pat is very generously donating his author royalties and publisher's proceeds to support the work of the Wild Trout Trust inspiring, advising and helping community groups across Britain and Ireland to protect wild trout and their habitats.

You can buy a signed copy of the book from the First Nature website, price £4.95 plus £1.95 p&p (UK orders only).

About Dead Drift’

In the immediate post-covid era the new field of bio-nanotechnology has sparked world-wide excitement, not only within the pharma giants but also among governments. The potential benefits of the new technology are enormous, but in the wrong hands so are the risks.

And now it is clear that the wrong hands are holding all the cards, as Project Gemini suffers setback after setback. One thing John Stephenson knows for certain: nobody gets that much bad luck without there being a root cause. But despite all his searching, that is still all he knows. Not why, not who, not even how.

Then the assassinations begin and Stephenson learns something else, the hard way: he is now the prime target.


Shades of Ian Fleming without the gimmicks, and towards the end a death-cum-suicide rate worthy of The Avengers… The final scene was just right and very Agatha Christie, which is not to be sneered at.” CV, Portugal.

Very fast paced. I read the whole book in three sittings, which is unheard of for me. I just wanted to turn the page and read the next bout of mis-direction.” PJ, Wales UK.

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About the author

Pat O’Reilly has been fishing for 70 years, mainly for trout and sea trout on rivers and streams. He ran flyfishing courses in Wales and overseas for nearly thirty years. For 12 years he chaired the Environment Agency’s Fisheries, Ecology and Recreation Advisory Committee in Wales, and until March 2013 he was a council member and Deputy Chairman of the Countryside Council for Wales (now Natural Resources Wales). Pat has also served on Government’s Fisheries Legislation Review Group and is a frequent contributor to wildlife, game fishing and countryside magazines.

Pat’s thirty other books include Matching the Hatch (continuously in print and updated since 1997), Tactical Flyfishing (1990); A Flyfisher’s Guide to the Teifi Valley, and many others. Dead Drift is Pat’s third novel.

Having actively contributed to river restoration work for more than 40 years, Pat is a vice president of the Wild Trout Trust, and in 2003 he was awarded an MBE for Services to Fisheries and Conservation.

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