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 streams, 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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FLY FISHING AUSTIN LAUNCH CELEBRATIONS!

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 will be released by Imbrifex Books in May, 2020. A party to celebrate its publication will be held at the Mesquite Creek Outfitters in Georgetown, Texas on May 7th. Drinks and gourmet hors d’oeuvres will be served. All are welcome. The party kicks off at 6:30 pm at 704 South Austin Avenue.

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

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 2, 2020, Aaron Reed will share tips about his favorite places to fly fish at the Flies and Flame Expo in Bee Cave, Texas. The event is 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Aaron will make two presentations during the day. 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.

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 in Georgetown, Texas.

On May 9, 2020, Aaron Reed will be signing books and telling tall tales 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.

On May 14, 2020, Aaron Reed will be signing books and sharing secrets about fly fishing locations at the Book People bookstore in downtown Austin. The event starts at 7:00 pm and the store is located at 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

On May 16, 2020, Aaron Reed will be at the Tailwaters Fly Fishing 13th Anniversary Celebration located at 1933 E Levee Street in Dallas, Texas. The event runs from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The event is 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

On June 13, 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 1:00 pm to 3:00 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