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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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!