Guided Fly Fishing Trips in Bend

Bend, Oregon fishing requires little more than desire and a little skill. Central Oregon’s lakes, rivers and streams abound with trout, salmon, steelhead and whitefish.

So popular is Bend, Oregon fly fishing that the city maintains a free, 18-station casting course in the Old Mill District downtown designed to help anglers present flies in conditions similar to those found in various (and renowned) waters nearby.

River Borne Outfitters, one of several guide services for fishing in Bend Oregon., offers day and overnight float trips for trout and steelhead on the Deschutes River, half- and full-day walk-and-wade trout trips on the Crooked River, and beginning fly-fishing lessons locally and on the river.

The company caters to beginners and experts alike and offers trip options for all levels of anglers. Guests at Riverhouse on the Deschutes receive a 10 percent discount on all guide trips and classes with the mention of promotional code “Riverhouse” when booking.

Deschutes River Guided Trips

The Lower Deschutes River is a “blue-ribbon” trout and steelhead fishery north of Bend. Anglers come from around the world to fish the Deschutes. The best fishing is from May through October, with spring through fall being good for trout, and September and October being prime time for steelhead.

Day trips are offered throughout the season and include eight hours of guided fishing and a shore lunch. Equipment rentals are available, as well.

Crooked River Guided Trips

The Crooked River is small tailwater fishery east of Bend. The Crooked has a large population of trout and is the best river in Central Oregon for beginning to intermediate anglers, although experts, too, enjoy this river for its prolific insect hatches providing great dry-fly fishing. The half-day trip is the most-popular, most-affordable option, although there is more than enough river to spend a whole day on.

All Crooked River Guide trips include waders, boots, and fly-rod rentals. A fishing license is required.

Bend, Oregon Fly Fishing Classes

River Borne Outfitters offers beginning and intermediate fly-fishing lessons, as well. The most popular classes are the “Beginning Fly Fishing” and the “Beginning Fly Fishing, Crooked River” classes.

The “Beginning Fly Fishing” in Bend is a 2.5-hour lesson taught at a local park near Riverhouse on the Deschutes. Students will be given an equipment overview, learn fly-fishing parlance, basic knots and how to cast. They can practice fly casting in a controlled setting and will focus on learning the skills needed to perform on the river.

The “Beginning Fly Fishing, Crooked River” class is similar in that it starts at the park with the same instruction as the beginning class, but afterward, students and instructors head to the Crooked River for experience fly fishing a river. This class is six hours, but takes most of the day with the drive to and from the river.

All equipment is included in both classes, including waders and boot rentals for those headed to the river. Fishing Licenses are not provided and are needed for the Crooked River segment only.

For more information, visit For questions or to book lessons or a trip, email or call 541-647-2584.
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