The A-to-Zs of Central Oregon: F is for FLY FISHING

  Photo by Hayden Hunt

Photo by Hayden Hunt

FLY FISHING IN BEND

Did you know that Bend is one of the top-rated fly fishing towns in the country? The Deschutes River alone has over 252 miles of fishable waters, not to mention all the beautiful lakes, creeks, and streams that offer stunning scenery and an ample supply of fish. 

  Photo by Sarah Labuda

Photo by Sarah Labuda

WHAT IS FLY FISHING? 

Fly fishing is a technique of fishing, a little different than the traditional Bank Fishing you might be familiar with. An artificial "fly" is cast using a fly rod, reel, and specialized weighted line. The idea is to cast in a way that emulates a fly on top of the water in order to attract the fish! 

  Courtesy of the Department of Fish & Wildlife

Courtesy of the Department of Fish & Wildlife

FISH OF CENTRAL OREGON

While we don't lead fishing tours of any kind, we do appreciate the fish that inhabit our beautiful waters! We have an abundant fish population, some of which is stocked regularly for fishing purposes. Native fish species include: 

 
  • Bull Trout
  • Resident Rainbow Trout
  • Mountain Whitefish
  • Summer Steelhead
  • Redband Trout

THE IMPACT

Fishing is a fun, engaging way to develop a relationship with your local body of water. But with any recreational activity comes the opportunity for negative impact: trash, pollution, and disruption are often the partners of human activity. Without special care and attention, humans can leave a huge impact resulting in an unhealthy environment-- not to mention a declining fishing and wildlife population! For these reasons and more, it's very important to fish responsibly. 

  Photo by Tyson Dudley

Photo by Tyson Dudley

HOW CAN I BE A RESPONSIBLE FISHER?

Just by asking this question, you're taking the first step! Considering the environment should be a core issue for every outdoorsperson, especially when considering that preserving habitat directly affects activities like recreational hunting and fishing. 

  Photos Courtesy of Boy's Life Magazine

Photos Courtesy of Boy's Life Magazine

 

1. PICK UP YOUR GARBAGE, INCLUDING EXTRA FISHING LINE! 

2. CONSIDER CATCH AND RELEASE. IT LEAVES MORE FISH TO SPAWN, AND MORE FOOD SUPPLY FOR LOCAL WILDLIFE!

3. IF YOU CATCH AND RELEASE, USE BARBLESS HOOKS THAT WON'T INJURE THE FISH AS MUCH AS BARBED HOOKS. 

4. IF YOU DO KEEP YOUR FISH, DON'T TAKE MORE THAN YOU NEED. THE ECOSYSTEM RELIES ON THESE FISH FOR A HEALTHY BALANCE!

 

If you love to fish, you know how important it is to protect the fish themselves. After all, without a healthy habitat, there would be no fish to enjoy catching. That said, the tradition of fishing is directly linked to life in the Pacific Northwest, and we have nothing but respect for the art of fishing. So, get out there and land a big one! 
 

LOCAL FLY FISHING RESOURCES

 

Confluence Fly Shop is a great resource for fly fishing classes and events, as well as gear and guides. 

ODFW

The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife is a great resource if you're wondering about the rules for fishing in a certain place, or about the local flora and fauna. 

Old-Mill-Bend-Oregon

Did you know The Old Mill has a unique, permanently-fixed Casting Course, the first of its kind in North America? Check out their site, with tons more resources for fly fishing in Central Oregon.