The urban creeks of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex are just around the corner, and full of fish.
Join long-time Dallas resident and dedicated fly angler Greg DeMars as he expertly guides you through the hidden world of urban creeks in the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the United States.
Urban Fly Fishing Dallas – Fort Worth has something for everyone: exciting adventures for anglers of all ages, abilities, and experience levels. With invaluable information for both fly and conventional anglers, this is your complete guide to finding and catching fish in the creeks of DFW. Discover wild, secluded spaces that you would swear are nowhere near a metro area of more than 7 million people…and accessing these natural gems from a dog park, or a paved trail, or a green space provided by the city (with free parking!) makes your adventure that much more convenient and inviting.
A great fishing trip doesn’t have to be an all-day affair. Only have an hour or two? There’s likely a beautiful, fish-filled stream with easy access within 10 or 15 minutes of your home or office. If you want to spend a little more time on the water, there are numerous wades and hikes of a mile or more that will keep you fishing all day.
Urban Fly Fishing in Dallas–Fort Worth will be available online and in fly shops and wherever fine books are sold on May 6, 2025.
Greg DeMars is a retired mechanical engineer who started fly fishing in the Colorado Rockies in the early 1990’s and expanded his range from there, fishing all over the world, always looking for new adventures. From the Devils River in his native Texas, to New Zealand’s Lake Wakatipu, to the foothills of the Indian Himalayas, Greg has pursued his passion for fly fishing with the analytical mind of an engineer and the creativity of a blues guitarist and songwriter, gaining valuable insight about fish behavior and fly fishing tactics along the way. An award-winning amateur photographer, Greg also ties his own flies, enjoys woodworking, cooking dinner for friends, and the occasional wee dram of fine Islay whisky. Greg married his college sweetheart and they live together in downtown Dallas.
Paperback: $27.95 US ISBN: 9781945501661 — First Edition: October 2023
ePUB: $17.99 US ISBN: 9781945501678
"This fine guide includes everything you need to find these forgotten streams: maps and descriptions, helpful information on fly patterns, behavior characteristics of the fish, QR codes showing the best place to park, and GPS coordinates for legal access points. Everything you’ll need for an hour, an afternoon—or a full day of fly fishing fun."—Ron Watters, National Outdoor Books Award (NOBA).
"This guidebook should find its way into the glove compartment of every fly fisher who wanders the woods and waters of southeast Texas. With it, they're almost certainly within reach of fishable water in some of the most surprising places."— Chris Hunt, journalist and author of "Catching Yellowstone's Wild Trout: A Fly Fishing History and Guide"
"If you fish in Houston, you definitely need this guidebook. It's the essential source on freshwater angling in Southeastern Texas, complete with handy maps, captivating photographs, and enough savvy insider tips to ensure a place in your dry bag for years to come."--Wes Ferguson, former Senior Editor for Texas Monthly (06/09/2022)Read more...
“This book is the Bible of Central Texas Fly Fishing"―Jim Gebhart,On the Fly Magazine, (05/12/20)
"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',
"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."―Katie Burgert, Fish Untamed
"Aaron Reed is a darn fine writer with a great eye for detail. It is one of the best region-focused resources on fly fishing I've seen in a long time"—Kirk Deeter, Trout Unlimited Magazine, (July 2020)
"Austin TX is a gateway to a magical world of fly fishing. Aaron Reed brings a jeweler's eye for detail, a keen sense of place and the meditative skills of a tug boat captain. Anglers will be rewarded not only with access to new waters but the proper playlist and bank-side restaurant to seal the deal"—Phil Shook, author of Flyfisher's Guide to Texas and Flyfishers Guide to the Northeast Coast.
“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)
"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)
"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." texansonthefly.com (01/23/20)Read more...