The Local Angler

The Local Angler is a (planned) series of ten guides written by fishing enthusiasts with years of experience fishing in the waters they know best—the ones within easy reach of home. Published by Imbrifex Books, each guidebook features more than two dozen wades, paddles, or floats described by expert anglers who share secrets and tips about their home regions. With a Local Angler guide, you can discover creeks, rivers, lakes, coastal inlets, and even deep sea fishing “holes,” all near major metro areas. This means you can enjoy a relaxing retreat to some of the best fishing spots in America, even if you have only a few hours to spare. Additional tips and info about local and natural history, brew pubs, fly fishing shops, bait and tackle shops, and nearby points of interest will make your fishing experience even more rewarding.

The first book in this series is written by Aaron Reed, a Texas native who has fished in the waters surrounding Austin for more than twenty years. An advocate for maintaining public access to all navigable Texas streams and waterways, Aaron is well-versed in the history, geology, and angler culture of the Texas Hill Country. In addition to detailed and easy-to-follow narrative describing each wade, he provides advice for selecting equipment and flies for specific conditions and species. Aaron also shares his expertise in “reading” streams and how to identify the common aquatic and riparian plants anglers will encounter when fishing this area. True to the Local Angler concept, all the wades in Fly Fishing Austin & Central Texas are easily accessible from the metro area and require only a few hours to enjoy. This means that with Aaron as your guide, you can go fishing before work or after school on just about any day of the year!

Follow Aaron here on Fly Fishing Austin, where he posts tips, techniques, and places to go fly fishing in the Austin area. New articles are posted on the first of each month. Unless he’s fishing and then it might be sometime later in the month…

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The ultimate “Go fishing now!” guide to angling in central Texas. Discover 49 routes on 19 streams, all within an hour of downtown Austin. The Local Angler: Fly Fishing Austin and Central Texas is now available wherever fine books are sold.


Meet Aaron Reed on his book tour in May and June in Central Texas in 2020!

Due to COVID-19 Gathering Restrictions, and in the interests of protecting the health of our communities, all of the events listed on this page are subject to cancellation. We will update this page with the most current information as to cancellations and new events.

Signed copies of Aaron’s book will be available for purchase at Living Waters Fly Fishing in Round Rock and online!
Signed copies are also available at ReelFly in Canyonlake!

On Saturday, June 6th, Aaron Reed will join Chris Barclay, Alana Lyons, Dustin Scott, Davin Topel, Edgar Diaz, Jeff Troutman, Matt Bennett, Chris Johnson and some special guests at the premier of the BLUE COLLAR FLY FISHING VARIETY SHOW starting at 5:30 pm CDT. The show will be streamed live from three different locations and will feature giveaways of fly fishing gear and Aaron’s new book. The show will be shown here!

On September 19, 2020, Aaron Reed will be doing a book signing at 3:00 pm at the Book People bookstore in downtown Austin. Book People is located at 603 N. Lamar Blvd Austin, TX 78703.

On October 24th, 2020, Aaron Reed will be doing a book signing at the Living Waters Fly Fishing table at the Flies and Flame Expo in Bee Cave, Texas. The event is 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The Flies and Flame Expo is at the Star Hill Ranch located at 15000 Hamilton Pool Road in Bee Cave, TX. Tickets for this event are available here. This event was originally scheduled for May 2nd.

Both Brett Riley and Aaron Reed will be signing their books at the Texas Book Festival Sponsors tent on November 7th and 8th. The festival grounds surround the state capitol in Austin. More information about speaking times and book signing times will be posted here soon. The Texas Book Festival is 10 am to 5pm on Saturday and 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday.



On April 21, 2020, Aaron Reed will have some pre-publication books available for sale at the San Gabriel Fly Fishers meeting in San Gabriel Park in Georgetown, Texas. The event is 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Boy Scout Hut.

On May 1, 2020, Aaron Reed will present a talk Guadalupe Bass Restoration and Legal Access Issues at the Texas Women Fly Fishers meeting at the Big Oak River Camp located four miles south of Camp Wood, Texas. Aaron’s presentation is 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Aaron will also be signing copies of his new book.

A party to celebrate the publication of Aaron’s first book was scheduled and planned to be held at the Mesquite Creek Outfitters in Georgetown, Texas on May 7th. But we are committed to reducing the spread of the COVID-19 virus as much as possible and have decided to cancel this party. We will be notifying everyone who has already made a reservation.

On May 16, 2020, Aaron Reed will be signing books and telling tall tales at the Tailwaters Fly Fishing Shop in Dallas, Texas from Noon to 5 pm. This is a special event with representatives from Patagonia, Sage and Redington. Beer and Crawfish will be served. The event is located at 1933 E Levee St., Dallas, TX 75207

On May 9, 2020, Aaron Reed will be signing books and presenting: “The Story Behind the Book, and How to Use It” at the Living Waters Fly Shop in Round Rock, Texas from 10 am to 12:00 pm. The address is 103 N Brown Street in Round Rock. Statement from Living Waters Fly Fishing:

We are treating this event as “postponed until further notice.” With current restrictions, we cannot run store events, but would still love to have a similar event once gathering limitations have been lifted.

On May 21, 2020, Aaron Reed will be at “meet-n-greet” starting at 5:30 pm at the Bayou City Anglers. Aaron will present “The Story Behind the Book, and How to Use It” from 6:30 to 7:30 pm followed by a book signing. The store is located at 3641 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77027.

On Saturday, June 6th, Aaron Reed will be signing books at the Lark & Owl Bookstore from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm in downtown Georgetown. The store is located at 205 W. 6th Street Suite 101 in Georgetown, TX 78626. Refreshments will be served.

On June 18, 2020, Aaron Reed will present a talk, “The Lampasas: The Last Unspoiled Central Texas Stream?” at the Austin Fly Fishers meeting at the Northwest Recreation Center. This event is located at 2913 Northland Drive in Austin, TX 78757. Social hour starts at 6 pm. Aaron’s presentation starts at 7:00 pm.

On July 3, 2020, Aaron Reed will be doing a book signing and Q&A at Swan Point Landing located at 1723 Cherry Street, Suite 4, Rockport, Texas. Aaron’s presentation time will be 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.


…Check back here for scheduled author events/signings/speaking engagements, or for new information about special fishing events, or Texas River Law updates.

See you on the river!

— Aaron Reed