San Antonio and the Texas Hill Country have enjoyed international super-star status as travel destinations for decades. Now, the wealth of the world-class fly fishing they harbor can be found in a single, easy-to-use guide.
Seventh-generation Texan Ben Christensen, an accomplished fly fisher and natural storyteller, reveals where to fish and what to expect within the granite- and limestone-limned waters of the region’s scenic rivers and navigable streams.
Whether the water is low and slow in the peak temperatures and drought-like conditions of late summer, or cold and free-flowing with fall hues of falling maple and white-oak leaves drifting along their courses, know what to throw to connect with the many warm-water species whose year-round habitat are these treasured waterways.
From the shadow of historic Spanish missions and the swanky hotels and restaurants of downtown San Antonio to the time-honored favorites, like the Rio Frio and the upper Guadalupe that run past the stoical ghosts and ruined limestone walls and barns of historical Texas, Fly Fishing San Antonio and the Texas Hill Country is the must-have for local anglers and visitors alike.
Wade or paddle into pristine waters with no one around and nothing but the sound of water flowing over unique landscapes second-to-none. Learn which flies are tried-and-true for tying into brutish largemouth bass, feisty Rio Grande Perch and sunfish, and tractor-pulling carp.
This guide puts you on the best waters with the most up-to-date information. Each waterway is illustrated by several detailed reaches so you’ll know what to expect when you park and rig up. Scenic limestone bluffs, karst formations, geologically unique granite thrusted up by a “hot spot” gone enigmatically cold, and spring-fed creeks commingle with thrilling moments of fly-fishing action torecharge the soul the way a good, soaking rain recharges the region’s abundant aquifers.
A look inside:
• 55 detailed route descriptions to 15 featured streams
• More than 100 legal access points on 15 creeks and rivers
• Full-color maps showing access points for further exploration
• More than 300 full-color photographs
• Family-friendly tips for memorable outings
• How to choose a paddlecraft
• Thorough guide to Texas stream accessibility laws
• Points of cultural and historic significance
• Urban and rural safety considerations
• Descriptions of flies to use for the various native and introduced species of fish
• Hill Country dance halls for two-stepping fun and historic San Antonio Hotels
• Colorful men and women and the history they made that shaped the region
• Best places to catch trophy largemouth bass and carp.
• Fly shops, hip bars, and lots more, minus the tourist-traps
• Remember, the Alamo is on a river!
The Local Angler Fly Fishing San Antonio and the Texas Hill Country will be in fly shops, bookstores and wherever fine books are sold on April 4, 2023.
Ben Christensen is a seventh-generation Texan who was raised on the family cattle ranch near Port Isabel, Texas.
A lifelong angler, he is an experienced waterman, having sailed, surfed, and paddled many varieties of watercraft in his years growing up on the Texas Gulf coast. A former Marine infantryman, Christensen served an additional role while in the Marines as a combat instructor of water survival, responsible for training Marines to survive open-water environs. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he served as an infantry sergeant in Iraq’s al-Anbar Province in 2004 and 2005.
Christensen is a former outdoors editor of The Brownsville Herald, a daily newspaper where he had previously worked as a sports writer as an English undergraduate at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. For the past decade, he has made his home on a rocky homestead in the Texas Hill Country near Johnson City, where he raises food and lives with his family, who happily accompany him on his fly fishing jaunts. He is an experienced fly fisher and a tireless and passionate advocate for public access to Texas’s 15 main rivers and as many of the 3,700 named waterways as may be legally accessed.
Paperback: $24.95 US / $33.46 CDN ISBN: 9781945501630 — First Edition: April 2023
E-book: $12.95 US / $16.50 CDN ISBN: 9781945501647
384 pages. 300 Color photos.