Poets talk about “spots of time,” but it is really fishermen who experience eternity compressed into a moment. No one can tell what a spot of time is until suddenly the whole world is a fish and the fish is gone. — Norman Maclean, “A River Runs Through It”
Make no mistake about it, everything you read about fly fishing being a transcendent experience is true. The way you fade into nature, the chess match with the river and the fish, the complete stoppage of time, it’s all real.
But that oneness with you and the rod doesn’t just happen overnight.
Confluence Fly Shop, owned and operated by Bend’s Tye Krueger, thankfully offers multiple events January through March for just about every level of fisherman. Confluence’s classes are especially beneficial to beginners, though. Novice anglers can sign up for sessions on fly tying, casting, aquatic entomology, and even a special “Fly Tying 101” class designed specifically to get folks new to the sport on the water and casting as soon as possible.
“For people interested in the sport of fly fishing, (Fly Fishing 101) is the single best way to get launched in the right direction,” Krueger says. “This 2-hour class makes a great gift for anyone seeking an introduction to some of the most fundamental skills inherent to success on the water and getting started in the sport of fly fishing.”
Krueger also hosts free Saturday clinics during the first three months of the year on spey casting, a two-handed casting technique developed in Scotland in the 1800s.
“This event is a must for anyone shopping for a new rod or fly-line, people hoping to fine-tune their casting, or just anyone who likes to hang out with like-minded two-handed rod junkies,” Krueger says.
Confluence’s classes run right until the opening of the Lower Deschutes River, which is typically the beginning of April. Look for more info on Confluence’s Trout Season Opener celebration on our website. In years past, Confluence has gone all out on opening weekend, hosting demos, raffles, a barbeque, free beer, big discounts, and more.
Confluence Fly Shop’ upcoming classes and workshops
Saturdays are for Spey
Held the first Saturdays of January, February and March, this free class meets from 8-9:30 a.m. at Farewell Bend Park for on-the-water spey casting lessons. Boots and waders suggested.
Beginning Fly Tying
With four, 2-hour classes over the course of four weeks, you’ll learn the basics of fly tying before the spring trout season. Class sessions are offered in January, February and March and cost $80 a student. Vise, tools and fly materials are all included.
Intermediate Fly Tying: Take your fly tying to the next level with this intermediate class, typically offered in March. The $80 session fee includes four, 2-hour classes and all materials.
Understanding the biology behind what trout eat is critical to elevating your fly fishing game. This $40 class introduces students to the river insects which our local trout focus on and how to stock your fly box with the most productive patterns to imitate them. Class meets at the shop for one session followed by a quick trip to the river for live bug identification.
Private 1 ½ hour Casting Lessons
Learn from the experts on how to be the most effective caster. These lessons are offered year-round and are $65 for one student or $95 for two.
For more information or to sign up for an event, contact Confluence Fly Shop at 541-678-5633.