The Local Angler Fly Fishing Austin & Central Texas

Aaron Reed (Author)


It may be a "best-kept secret," but central Texas has some of the best fly fishing in America. With Texas native and fly fishing expert Aaron Reed as your guide, enjoy dozens of wades and paddles, all within easy reach of Austin.

Discover secluded spring creeks braced by soaring limestone cliffs. Wade in broad pools dotted with lily pads and stands of water willow. Paddle deep, slow rivers. Easy-to-follow narrative, detailed maps, and gorgeous color photographs make it easy to "Go fishing now!" even if you have only a few hours to spare.

There's something for every angler in central Texas. Visit the nation's southernmost trout fishery on the Canyon Lake tailwaters. Catch more than half a dozen species in a single day, including native Guadalupe bass and the only cichlid native to the United States. Fly Fishing Austin and Central Texas is your passport to the challenges and rewards of angling in this unique and beautiful region.

A look inside:

  • 49 detailed on-the-water route descriptions to 12 featured streams
  • More than 100 legal access points on 19 creeks and rivers
  • Full-color maps showing stream access points
  • More than 300 full-color photographs
  • Dozens of local angler-friendly hangouts
  • Local and natural history from dinosaurs to current events
  • Descriptions of common flora and fauna found in the area
  • Comprehensive Texas river law primer
  • Tips for taking kids fishing.
  • Advice for selecting rods, reels, and line for local conditions and species
  • Local fly shops and guide services
  • The mysterious story of Round Rock's "Hairy Man"
  • Where to find and how to catch trophy rainbow trout
  • And much, much more!
  • Product Details

    $24.95  $22.95
    Imbrifex Books
    Publish Date
    May 01, 2020
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    About the Author

    Aaron Reed is an award-winning outdoor writer and Army veteran. He currently splits his time between his native Texas Gulf coast, where he drives a tugboat, and his home near the San Gabriel River in Georgetown, Texas. When he is not working, chances are you can find him knee-deep in a stream somewhere around Austin, often with his wife and one or more of his three boys, trying like heck to become a better fly fisherman.


    "It is basically a treasure map that gives you the tools and knowledge you need to fish on your own in Central Texas. I really enjoyed Part 5 of Aaron's book called 'Ankle Bitters and Other Wildlife.' Also, his recommendations on music and nearby watering holes gives you a glimpse into Aaron's mind and is a fun way to walk in his soggy river shoes."--Davin Topel, Whiskey River Chronicles, (05/01/20)
    "I found it to be a mesmerizing manifesto on sampling all the good things in life in the heart of the Lone Star State - yes fishing, but also local cuisine, backcountry hiking, communing with comrades, canoeing/kayaking, bird-watching, and conservationist riverkeeping. "--Chad McPhail, author of 49 Trout Streams of Southern Colorado, Between Fact and Fishin',
    "A gateway to the magical world of fly fishing, Aaron Reed brings a jeweler's eye for detail. Anglers will be rewarded with access to new waters, fish identification and historical perspectives."--Phil Shook, author of Flyfisher's Guide to Texas and Flyfishers Guide to the Northeast Coast
    "The book is extremely rich in photography, creatively designed and organized, and keyed nicely with design elements (icons) to call attention to details about waters, and just as important - your musical soundtrack. This book will change your plans for 2020 and beyond."--Shannon Drawe Texas Fly Caster, (04/26/20)
    "This book is an impressive recruitment tool for exploring some of the most enchanting and remote waters of Texas. Even if you don't intend to apply what you learn from Reed, you will enjoy his sometimes-reflective prose and sincere passion for fishing and conservation."--David Sikes, Port Aransas South Jetty (04/08/20)
    "Fly Fishing Austin & Central Texas is a must for the dash or console of every fly-angler's truck or SUV."--Craig Nyhus, Lone-Star Outdoor News, (02/14/20)
    "I think every reader will connect with different chapters based on their individuality, but no doubt there are remarkable fisheries in the book for everyone - from expert to newbie, from children to the elderly, from guys to gals - the fish are here for all of us to enjoy." (01/23/20)
    "An insider's guide to local craft breweries and hole in the wall joints where you can take in live music or grab a bite to eat. More than a "how-to" guide; the book is an introduction to the fly fishing community and culture in Austin that will inspire you to go there and experience it."--Larry Littrell, (02/28/20)
    "Aaron has created a valuable resource for anyone wanting to fly fish in central Texas. This book will be a valuable resource for years to come."--Alvin Dedeaux
    "This book is a literal wealth of knowledge to fly anglers of every skill level! I consider this book a necessary tool for anyone looking to fly fish the heart of the Lone Star State!"--Chris Johnson