Early life and education
Aaron Reed was born in Nacogdoches, Texas and grew up in Rockport, Texas. Reed's interest in the outdoors began at an early age, and his hometown allowed for him to explore the woods, waters, and local environment of the Texas Gulf coast.
In 1987 Aaron Reed enrolled at the University of Dallas where he studied English and history. He spent a year in a religious community in Connecticut and afterward took an internship in Washington, D.C..
Aaron Reed was an army reservist and was deployed to twelve different countries. He also worked as a daily newspaper writer and wrote for several regional outdoor publications over the span of thirty years. He won awards for his work including US Army Europe Military Journalist of the Year, Texas Outdoor Writers Association Excellence in Craft awards, and many others.
Reed also worked for four years as a regional public information officer for Child Protective Services and Adult Protective Services, first in Central Texas and later in South Texas, and another four years as a press officer and news editor at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
By 2010 Reed was working as a writer-editor for the Department of Veterans Affairs, at which he wrote the overnight reports to Secretary Shinseki.
Aaron Reed was one of the first individuals to be a certified wildlife guide in Texas, and he operated eco-tours and birding and fishing charters in deep South Texas. Later he continued his work in the fishing industry as a crewboat and offshore supply vessel captain in the Gulf of Mexico. Reed developed a blog to capture his experiences. He has been noted a "local pro" in kayak fishing in Austin, Texas.
He is also a former board member of the Angler Action Foundation. As a board member, he was heavily involved in creating the iAngler app. He co-founded and currently serves as a Director of the Texas Streams Coalition.
Aaron’s debut book, Fly Fishing Austin & Central Texas, will be published May 2020, by Imbrifex Books.
Reed spends each year on a harbor tug, sailing ships at Harbor Island, Ingleside and Corpus Christi. Additionally, he currently lives in Georgetown, and fishes Central Texas streams with his three sons.
Aaron Reed is an established writer and has had photographs published as well.
- The Local Angler Fly Fishing Austin & Central Texas—Published by Imbrifex Books (May 2020)
- "A Quiet Hero"—Published in Soldiers magazine (1997)
- "Return to the Jungle"—Published in The On Guard (July 1998)
- "The Cargo Courier"—Published in Kentucky National Guard History (September 1998)
- "Get Wet Quick, Panama Style"—Published online at The Boat Guide (December 1999)
- "Home for the Soul"—Published in ''Good Old Boat (July/August 2001)
- "Hill Country Morning"—Published in Texas Fish & Game (February 2003)
- "Central Texas SARS Risk Low"—Published in Taylor Press (April 2003)
- "Fishing La Pesca"—Published in Texas Fish & Game (June 2003)
- "Fishing with Patrick"—Published in the Taylor Daily Press (2003)
- "Protecting Seagrass"—Published in Texas Parks & Wildlife (April 2006)
- "Palmetto State Park"—Published in Texas Parks & Wildlife (July 2006)
- "Little River, Big Fun"—Published in Texas Outdoors Journal (July 2006)
- "Cabela's Kayak Safari"—Published in Texas Sporting Journal (July/August 2006)
- "Slacker's Tight Line Leads to Riches"—Published online at Lone Star Outdoor News (2006)
- "A Sunday Drive in the Texas Hill Country"—Published online at RoadTrip America (October 2007)
- "The Wilderness Beach: A Down-Island Drive on Texas' National Seashore"—Published online at RoadTrip America (February 2008)
- "Lifejacket Stowed, Kill Switch Off, but Angler Survives Frigid Water"—Published in Lone Star Outdoor News (January 2011)
- "Lighten Up: How Downsizing Your Fly Fishing Gear Can Extend Your Opportunities"—Published online at AvidMax (May 2017)
- "Guadalupe Bass Restoration in Texas"—Published in Southwest Fly Fishing (November/December 2018)
- "Message in a Bottle"—Published in Taylor Daily Press
- "Up a Creek"—Published in Kayak Angler
- "All the Fish with All Your Friends"—Published in Southwest Fly Fishing (January/February 2019)
- Original photos featured in The On Guard (July 1998)
- Photos on the Fly, featured online at AvidMax (May 2017)
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