Fly Fishing Austin

Fly Fishing Austin bookFly Fishing Austin & Central Texas

It may be a “best-kept secret,” but central Texas has some of the best spots for fly fishing in America. With Texas native and fly fishing expert Aaron Reed as your guide, enjoy dozens of wades and paddles, all within easy reach of Austin. Discover secluded spring creeks braced by soaring limestone cliffs. Wade in broad pools dotted with lily pads and stands of water willow. Fish in neighborhood ponds and float deep, slow rivers. Easy-to-follow narrative, detailed maps, and gorgeous color photographs make it easy to “Go fishing now!” even if you have only a few hours to spare.

There’s something for every angler in central Texas. Visit the nation’s southernmost trout fishery in the Canyon Lake tailwaters. Find seven species in a single day, including the native Guadalupe bass and the Rio Grande cichlid. Fly Fishing Austin and Central Texas is your passport to the challenges and rewards of angling in this unique and beautiful region.

A look inside:
* 49 detailed on-the-water route descriptions, referred to as “wades,” on 12 featured streams
* Directions to more than 100 legal access points on 19 rivers and creeks in Central Texas
* Full-color maps showing stream access points
* More than 300 full-color photographs
* Dozens of local angler-friendly hangouts
* Successful local fly patterns created by expert tyers
* Local and natural history: Alligators, jaguars, and at least one dinosaur
* Descriptions of common flora and fauna found along central Texas streams
* Comprehensive Texas river law primer
* Tips for taking kids fishing.
* Advice for selecting rods, reels, and line for local conditions and species
* Local fly shops and guide services
* The mysterious story of Round Rock’s “Hairy Man”
* Where to find and how to catch trophy rainbow trout
… And much, much more!

* Updates from the publisher of Aaron’s book can be found on The Local Angler series home site here.


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Aaron ReedAaron Reed is an award-winning outdoor writer and Army veteran. He currently splits his time between his native Texas Gulf coast, where he drives a tugboat, and his home near the banks of the San Gabriel River in Georgetown, Texas. When he is not working, chances are you can find him knee-deep in a stream somewhere around Austin, often with his wife and one or more of his three boys, trying like heck to become a better fly fisherman. Additional information about gear, recipes, events and all things related to fly fishing around Central Texas can be found on Aaron’s BlueCollarFlyFishing site.

The Local Angler Fly Fishing Austin and Central Texas will be released by Imbrifex Books in May, 2020.  A party to celebrate the publication of Aaron’s first book will be held the Mesquite Creek Outfitters in Georgetown, Texas on May 7th. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served. All are welcome. The party kicks off at 6:30 pm at 704 South Austin Avenue. Come join us at the party for the first of The Local Angler series of books!

Praise for Aaron’s book:

“Reed’s first forty pages are informative while thought-provoking, even essential, which audiences of all skill levels will acknowledge and reflect upon frequently. Reed progresses logically through his Hill Country hot spots moving from north to south (broken down further into Northern, Central and Southern waters), basically starting with Lampasas and wrapping up in New Braunfels. From the beginning, it’s as if Reed intimately knows every tree, plant, stone and fish in the water. His welcoming patience is revealed in his writing style, never rushed or forced yet utterly deliberate with each word, and to the point. I found it to be a mesmerizing manifesto on sampling all the good things in life in the heart of the Lone Star State – yes fishing, but also local cuisine, backcountry hiking, communing with comrades, canoeing/kayaking, bird-watching, fossil-finding, gator-gawking, history learning, craft beer sampling, art appreciation, playlist-swapping, and conservationist riverkeeping.”—Chad McPhail, author of 49 Trout Streams of Southern Colorado, Between Fact and Fishin’,

“I am fly fisherman who has never been fishing in Texas, but because of this book, my first impression is that it is beautiful. The waterways are highly variable and there are a tremendous variety of fish to catch. This is all represented in the book using beautiful photography, which makes the book attractive to all users. In my opinion, one should not go fly fishing in Central Texas without this book in hand. Even if you don’t fish but are a naturalist looking for beautiful areas to sit, walk or wade this is still the book for you. I highly recommend this book.”—Rick Butts,, (02/07/20).

“Austin TX is celebrated for its music scene, tech corridor and things Longhorn. But it is also a gateway to a magical world of fly fishing. Aaron Reed brings a jeweler’s eye for detail, a keen sense of place and the meditative skills of a tug boat captain. Anglers will be rewarded not only with access to new waters but the proper playlist and bank-side restaurant to seal the deal”—Phil Shook, author of Flyfisher’s Guide to Texas and Flyfishers Guide to the Northeast Coast.

“A complete guide to fishing in the heart of Texas. From the locations to the tunes to the local BBQ and brews to the wildlife history of the area, Aaron knows his stuff and writes well about it. This is an engaging book and is sure to be a staple on every Texas fly anglers resource shelf.”—Chris Barclay, C. Barclay Fly Rod Co.

“The author, Aaron Reed, has created a valuable resource for anyone wanting to fly fish in central Texas. The amount of time and passion he has put into this book is amazing”—Alvin Dedeaux,

“This book is a literal wealth of knowledge to fly anglers of every skill level! Aaron does a spectacular job of immersing you in some of Central Texas’ finest fly fisheries, all while giving you a look into their history as well. He also accomplishes the difficult task of being concise while remaining incredibly thorough in regard to access, fish species, and local attractions. I consider this book a necessary tool for anyone looking to fly fish the heart of the Lone Star State!”.—Chris Johnson,