Fly Fishing & Casting
Central Oregon offers some of the best fly fishing in the world and the Old Mill District is the best place to get started with your fly fishing adventure. The Old Mill Casting Course is the first permanent fly casting course of its kind in North America.
Old Mill Casting Course
The first permanent fly casting course of its kind located in North America. Designed for practicing essential casting skills and each station of the 12-hole course has unique challenges for beginners, intermediate or expert casters that range from right and left handed roll casts, distance targets and accuracy challenges.
Free and open to the public, the course is open daily from dawn to dusk. Bring one rod or a quiver, tied with just yarn on the end for casting. The Casting Course Guide brochure is available at the Ticket Mill and includes a course map, casting tips and a score card.
The Old Mill Casting Course Community Partners are the Bend Casting Club, Central Oregon Fly Fishers, Deschutes River Conservancy, Oregon Council of Internal Federation of Fly Fishers, Upper Deschutes Watershed Council, Bend Parks & Recreation District, Trust for Public Land, Deschutes Land Trust and Trout Unlimited.
CLASSES & CLINICS
Stop into Confluence Fly Shop or call 541-678-5633 to reserve a seat.
Fly Fishing 101
Shatter the stereotype that flyfishing is expensive and difficult to learn! This class will introduce you to the equipment, how to properly rig and cast the fly rod, how to tie basic fly fishing knots, and how to recognize the various types of fly patterns that catch fish. This class is the simplest way to get you started in this fun (and addictive) sport. All equipment provided. Those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. (One-time 15% discount on in-store merchandise for students). Fee: $30. Any Thursday or Saturday between May 1 and September 30 from 10am - 12pm noon.
Fly Fishing Tours
Grindstone Lakes is a private fly fishing destination of five pristine lakes on a private ranch 100 miles east of Bend. (541) 633-3120
Deep Canyon Outfitters -- Offers guided fishing adventures.