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.

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Breaking News!

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

Urban Fly Fishing Dallas – Fort Worth is being written by Greg DeMars and will be in fly shops and bookstores on May 3, 2022.

Fly Fishing San Antonio & the Texas Hill Country is being written by Ben Christensen and will be in fly shops and bookstores on April 4, 2023.

Fly Fishing Houston & Southeastern Texas is being written by Robert McConnell and will be in fly shops and bookstores on June 6, 2023

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!

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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…

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


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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.

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Meet Aaron Reed on his book tour 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!
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 & Ben Christensen