Aaron Ramon Reed
Aaron Reed is a longtime outdoor writer and Army veteran. He currently splits his time between his native Texas Gulf coast, where he drives a tugboat, and his home in Georgetown. A former news editor for the Texas Parks and wildlife Department, Reed’s 2020 book “Fly Fishing Austin & Central Texas” was the recipient of the National Outdoor Book Award and FFI’s Roderick Haig-Brown Award. Reed is a developmental editor for The Local Angler book series (Imbrifex Books), and in April, 2021, launched the Blue Collar Fly Fishing podcast. When he’s not working, you can probably find him knee-deep in a local river or creek, often with one or more of his three sons, trying like heck to become a better fly fisherman.
Awards and Recognition
- Roderick Haig-Brown Award (Fly Fishers International) 2020
- National Outdoor Book Award (Outdoor Adventure Guidebooks) 2020
- IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards, Finalist (Sports and Recreation) 2021
Press and Media Mentions
- "All you have to do is to read the introductory chapters to realize that Aaron Reed is the sort of guy who you wouldn't mind having as a fishing pal. Fortunately, for most of us, his fly fishing guide allows you to do just that. You can fish the same waters, grab a bite at a favorite eatery, and enjoy the same music. Music? Yessiree. At the end of each chapter, Reed includes suggested music that you might enjoy on your fishing excursion. This is Austin, Texas after all. He covers more than 100 legal fishing accesses, most within 50 miles of Austin and others within a 90 mile radius. Besides being a first rate writer, he's a darn good photographer, and his color photographs are the perfect supplement to this well designed and thoroughly useful guide."
- "Everything from general fly fishing information like lingo, gear, and ethics, to fish identification and tips for getting children out on the water. There is also an abundance of high-quality photos. He ranks the best ways to access the water, includes info on the best local brewery to hit after fishing, suggests a good song for that particular stretch, and other fun tidbits. This is a great read to have on your shelf."
- Aaron provides good advice about local watering holes, some on the water and others not. This book is the Bible of Central Texas Fly Fishing.
- “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.”