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Catch a fish on a fly rod once and chances are you’ll be “hooked.” But just like fishing with a traditional rod and reel, starting with the right equipment is key for landing a big one... or any fish at all.


Bonjour Austin! Justine’s Brasserie is natural stopon a Francophile’s tour of Austin. (Photos by Will van Overbeek)

It all started with a trip gone awry. My mom scheduled a much-anticipated French getaway to Paris with an old friend, and then, late in the game, her friend pulled out. But the romantic, Kir Royale and back-alley bistro dreams had already taken hold—staying home in suburbia was not an acceptable alternative. She needed a plan B fast, and luckily, I knew just what to do.


In the past decade, the citizens of San Marcos have built and currently maintain more than 17 miles of trails throughout the city. Here are a few images that did make it into our print edition.

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Pecan, cherry and walnut mini-pies win raves at Main Street Coffee. (Photos by Will van Overbeek)

As a Texan exiled for 14 years to Arizona, I feel fortunate to have found decent barbecue, chicken-fried steak, and—halfway through my time there—even Blue Bell ice cream. There was no Tex-Mex, though. And, unfortunately, there was a shocking dearth of pie.

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The floodwaters that topped the Canyon Lake spillway in 2002 carved a gorge more than a mile long. (Photos by Michael Amador)

In a matter of hours in July 2002, flooding rains unearthed eons of history beneath a swath of Hill Country landscape near New Braunfels. Nearly three feet of rainfall in one week pushed water over the emergency spillway of Canyon Lake for the first time since its 1964 creation, reaching a peak rate of roughly 67,000 cubic feet per second. By contrast, tubers on the Guadalupe River typically enjoy 350 cubic feet per second, and the Canyon Dam floodgates top out at 5,000 when wide open.

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In the November issue, writer Melissa Gaskill takes readers to Lost Maples State Natural Area, a state park in Vanderpool that is famous for its beautiful fall foliage. Senior Editor Loir Moffatt visits here with park interpreter Richard Treece and park superintendent Shawn Greene about fall color, how to avoid the crowds (visit during the week if possible), and the capricious weather-whims of Mother Nature.

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(Photo by J. Griffis Smith)

There’s renovation the way most of us do it—repainting the front door, updating the fixtures in the bathroom, hanging new window treatments—and then there’s renovation the way it’s been done in New Braunfels by the engineers, architects, and civic leaders behind the Comal County courthouse makeover. A decade in the making, the meticulously executed $8.6 million project has restored the stately limestone structure to its original 1898 glory.

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In the September 2013 issue, writer Michelle Burgess delves into the history and restoration of the beautiful Comal County Courthouse in New Braunfels, a German-flavored town between Austin and San Antonio. You can visit the New Braunfels Chamber's website to gather dozens of ideas for things to do during your visit, but here are some of our favorites:

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August Taste Comfort

Norah Jones croons from hidden speakers as a couple sinks into the soft, red sofa sitting perpendicular to an unlit fireplace. The straw-yellow walls are lined with broad-stroke oil paintings of farm animals, and a dozen or so tables take up the modest space in front of a long bar. It is Sunday evening at the Plaid Goat in Comfort, and the vibe is that of a casual, jazzy cocktail party. Out front, luxury cars sit alongside old work trucks; inside, their owners also share space. This is the kind of spot where it is common to strike up a conversation with a stranger—or a whole table of strangers. Without looking at a menu, the two deliver their order: Havarti nachos for him; and for her, a rustic flatbread with crispy prosciutto and pecorino cheese.

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To locals, the town of Dripping Springs is known only as “Drippin’.”  But you don’t have to be a local to see the beauty that this proclaimed “Gateway to the Hill Country” offers.

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Garrison Brothers Distillery in Hye rolled out its first barrels of straight bourbon in 2008.  To be called “straight” bourbon, it must be aged for at least two years in new, charred-oak barrels.  (Photo by J. Griffis Smith)

As I swerved to miss the potholes along a stretch of warehouses in northeast San Antonio, I finally caught sight of the headquarters for Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling. Even with a towering windmill out front, if it weren’t for the rustic metal sign on the building, I might have imagined that the crowds were waiting for access to a warehouse sample sale. Discounted furniture or couture? Not today: Lucky for us, we were in for an entirely different sort of sampling experience—a Saturday “brewstillery” tour.

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