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. While the authors of these books are “out there” right now researching and writing their books, they periodically post on the The Local Angler Facebook page, offering new insider tips and suggestions.

“The Local Angler Series of Guide Books: Fish like a local wherever you go!”

Breaking News!

Fly Fishing Houston & Southeastern Texas written by Robert McConnell IS NOW AVAILABLE in fly shops and bookstores.

***Autographed copies of Robert McConnell’s book, Fly Fishing Houston & Southeastern Texas are available at the Orvis Houston on located at 5727 Westheimer Road in Houston, TX 77057. And at Gordy and Sons Outfitters located at 22 Waugh Drive Houston, Texas 77007.

Silver Medalist, Outdoor Adventure Guides, 2023 National Outdoor Book Award (NOBA)


The second book in The Local Angler book series is written by Robert H. McConnell. Robert was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania. It was in the shadow of the Allegheny Mountains where he developed an affinity for fishing and the outdoors. At college, Robert pursued a degree in geology, which was one of the only classes that offered frequent field trips to the great outdoors. After graduating, Robert began a career in the oil and gas industry, which brought him to the wilds of northern Pennsylvania. He began fly fishing in earnest after discovering the joys of hiking into remote freestone streams in pursuit of native brook trout. He now calls Houston, Texas home which is one of the largest cities in the United States. Within the metropolitan area of the “Bayou City,” and beyond, there exists unique waterways worthy of fly fishing. The fly angler has ample opportunities to explore and fish in streams that lie outside the realm of the stereotypical fly fishing experience.

* 38 detailed on-the-water descriptions of “wades” located on 12 unique streams and waterways
* Descriptions of access points for paddles in local lakes
* Suggestions for creating personalized fly boxes for southeastern Texas.
* More than 300 color photographs, including close-ups of the key sport fish available
* QR codes supplying GPS coordinates for all of the wade locations
* Suggestions for the best gear to get started fly fishing
* Local angler-friendly breweries and fly shops
* Background about local historical events
* Insider tips for sneaking up on fish

Follow Robert here on Fly Fishing Houston, where he posts tips, techniques, and places to go fly fishing in the Houston area. New articles are posted on the second day of each month.

Three more fly fishing guidebooks which are part of The Local Angler book series are underway.

Panfish on the Fly: The Definitive Guide to Fly Fishing for America’s Favorite Fish is being written by Bart Lombardo and will be in fly shops and bookstores on December 4, 2024.

Urban Fly Fishing Dallas – Fort Worth is being written by Greg DeMars and will be in fly shops and bookstores on May 6, 2025.

Fly Fishing Louisville & Central Kentucky is being written by Richard E. Hines and will be in fly shops and bookstores on December 1st 2025.

Other books in the series are currently being considered. Would you like to join the other expert anglers and write a book for this series? Contact us!


Purchase Fly Fishing Austin & Central Texas from these fine retailers!

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…


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 Central Texas in 2021!

On Sunday, June 13, 2021

The Lark & Owl Bookstore in Georgetown, Texas hosted Aaron Reed for their very first live, in-person author event since the early 2020. The event was limited to 25 attendees and every seat was taken. “Thank you so much for the opportunity to present and sign at Lark & Owl. It was great fun, and I was honored to be part of the first post-pandemic in-person event,” — Aaron Reed.

Here are some photos from this wonderful occasion:

Aaron Reed at Lark & Owl
Really nice presentation at Lark & Owl Booksellers, featuring Aaron Reed
Bistro at the Lark & Owl
Book buying customer in line — Look at the Bistro — Not many bookstores have anything like this!
Rob and Ellen McConnell
Ellen and Rob McConnell (author of Fly Fishing Houston & SE Texas) drove in from Houston to attend the event


Nice attentive crowd on hand for first in-person author event
Aaron Reed signing books
Aaron Reed signs his award-winning book
Signed copies of Aaron’s award winning book are on-hand at the Lark and Owl Booksellers and the owner can arrange for additional personalizations by Aaron.
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!
And there are a few signed copies at Mesquite Creek Outfitters in downtown Georgetown.

…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, Robert McConnell, Greg DeMars, Bart Lombardo, and Richard Hines.