Trip Highlights

  • Wade and fly fish for native redband trout on the Wild & Scenic Crooked River
  • Closest “blue ribbon” fly fishing stream to Bend, Oregon
  • Walk & wade access
  • A great option for those new to fly fishing

Trip Overview

Nestled in a dramatic high desert canyon just 30 miles from Bend, Oregon, the Wild & Scenic Crooked River below Bowman Dam is the closest “blue ribbon” trout stream to Bend Fly Shop. A classic tailwater, the Crooked flows cool year round and offers reliable fly fishing for modest sized native redband trout and mountain whitefish. We offer half day and full day drive-in walk and wade trips on the Crooked each month of the year.

Fishing Program

The day begins at Bend Fly Shop at 7:00 am, where you can grab coffee and breakfast from our neighbors at Sparrow Bakery if you’d like before meeting your guide and carpooling about 40 minutes to the Crooked River.

To access the river we drive along a well maintained road, then set out on foot to walk, wade, and fish. The walking and wading is generally easy and appropriate for almost anyone. Because the Crooked River runs pretty cool and you’ll be standing in the water we recommend wearing waterproof breathable waders and felt soled and/or studded wading boots. If you don’t have your own waders and wading boots rentals are available at the shop.

On the Crooked River you’ll fly fish for native redband rainbow trout that average 8 to 12 inches. Some larger trout are present and come as a welcome surprise to anglers expecting smaller fish. Mountain whitefish are abundant and provide entertainment as well. All fish are wild and native to the Crooked River. We practice catch and release and are proponents of keeping the fish in the water while handling them prior to release.

Four and five weight fly rods are appropriate for the Crooked. Small nymphs fished subsurface under a strike indicator account for most fish caught. Dry fly fishing opportunities present themselves with regularity, usually consisting of mayflies or caddis. At the shop we have lots of fly patterns hand picked for the Crooked River.

Tuition for those new to fly fishing is part of our service. Beginning anglers tend to find the Crooked forgiving and the smaller sized fish plentiful, making the river an ideal venue to learn and explore. Our guides are patient instructors and are invested in your growth as an angler. We have lots of experience guiding kids and really enjoy helping them have fun on the water. Our goal with young anglers is to keep things light and fun and

Half day trips can be arranged as a morning or afternoon four hour fly fishing session.

Full day trips last eight hours and a lunch break at one of the riverside campsites.


Half Day Walk & Wade Trip: $375 (1 or 2 anglers), $425 (3)

Full Day Walk & Wade Trip: $475 (1 or 2 anglers), $550 (3)


Year round

Included: One guide per one to three anglers, drinking water, lunch, fly rods, transportation from Bend can be arranged and is included as part of the service.

Not Included: Oregon fishing license, waders and wading boots (rentals available), flies, any special beverages you’d like, guide gratuities. We can assist you with obtaining these items.

You Will Need: A valid Oregon fishing license, waders and wading boots.

Location & Travel

Trips originate at Bend Fly Shop – 50 SE Scott St, Bend, OR 97702. The Crooked River below bowman dam is located 33 miles from Bend.

Pre and post trip accommodations in Bend should be handled independently.

Licenses & Permits

Fishing License: You will need a valid Oregon angling license. Daily licenses are available online at You will be responsible for purchasing your fishing license. Daily licenses cost $16.50 per angler.

Bend Fly Shop’s outfitter, Chris O’Donnell’s Guide Service, is an equal opportunities recreation provider operating under special recreation permits granted by the Bureau of Land Management for the Lower Deschutes, Crooked, and John Day Rivers.