Bend Oregon fly fishing is known as being the best in the country. Bend was recently named by Fly-Fisherman Magazine as one of the Top 10 Fly Fishing towns in the United States. Bend is surrounded by nationally renowned rivers, streams and lakes that provide anglers with a mind-boggling abundance and variety of world class fly fishing opportunities.
Fly Fishing Rivers Near Bend Oregon
The Lower Deschutes River in Central Oregon offers world class fly fishing for native Steelhead and Rainbow Trout. Deep in the Cascade Mountains, this dynamic and diverse river begins its 200-mile journey to the Colombia. The Lower Deschutes River is also a playground for white water rafting, swimming, hiking and biking. Recommended guide:
The Upper Deschutes River starts high in the Cascade Mountains at Little Lava Lake. It flows through two reservoirs, Crane Prairie and Wickiup, on its way to the City of Bend. The river through this area bares little resemblance to the big, wide waters lower in the system. The “Upper D” is more of a stream, narrow, fast-moving, meandering through stands of Lodgepole and Ponderosa pines and out into open meadows. There are bends, riffles, holes and undercuts. This stretch of river is susceptible to run-off and aquifer conditions. Below Wickiup to Benham Falls, the “Upper D” produces both wild and stocked rainbow trout and brown trout. Those in the know say the Brook Trout on the uppermost section of the “D” are plentiful, aggressiveness and strong.
The Crooked River: The North Fork of the Crooked River originates in the Ochoco Mountains 75 miles east of Prineville, and has many smaller tributaries like Deep Creek as inputs to the main river. With an estimated 3,000 trout per mile, it’s easy to see why this river is such a great place for beginners to the sport of fly fishing. Experts also enjoy casting dry flies, and catching dozens of rainbow trout. The Crooked River is open to fly fishing all year long, with the best fishing being in the late winter and early spring, early summer, and fall. Like all rivers in the west, the Crooked has prolific hatches of mayflies, midges, and caddis.
Fall River is a beautiful spring-fed stream flowing through rolling pine forest. It is open to fly fishing only. Clear and cold, it springs full-blown from the ground about 2 miles northwest of Pringle Falls and winds it’s way northeast to join the Deschutes River. Fall River is an outstanding contributor of brown trout to the Deschutes River and provides excellent winter habitat for numerous species. Its pristine water supports a productive hatchery and contributes invaluable water quality to the Deschutes system. Legal size brook and rainbow trout, stocked several times a year, merge with the naturally reproducing brook, brown, and rainbow trout. Native whitefish inhabit the river below the falls.
The Metolius River is a tributary of the Deschutes River through Lake Billy Chinook. The river flows north from springs near Black Butte, then turns sharply east, descending through a series of gorges before ending in the western end of the lake. The unincorporated community of Camp Sherman lies astride the southern end of the river. The Metolius flows under a tall canopy of old growth ponderosa pines, larch, fir, and cedar. Springtime brings a hatch of March Browns which typically appear from mid-February through April. With a little time and patience you’ll find plenty of white fish, as well as rainbow and bull trout. Camping, hiking, mountain biking, and wildlife viewing are other pastimes. A coalition of government agencies, private utilities, and conservation organizations are working to restore anadromous Chinook salmon and sockeye salmon to the river.