The Bend Casting Club is holding the Bend Fly Fishing Festival at Wille Hall on the COCC Campus on April 19 from 10am to 4pm. The purpose of the Festival is to bring the lifestyle of the fly fishing community to the broader general public at a unique venue, driving messages of education and awareness regarding the sport of fly fishing, the art of the creative people involved with it, the conservation community engaged in activities forwarding the stewardship of the resources, while fostering fun activities and memories which these activities create.
Films will highlight the ethic of conservation, the programs and projects local and regional organizations are performing to enhance and protect our water, along with some great films showcasing our waters supplied by local filmmakers at Catch Magazine and Mountain Made Media.
There will be opportunities to learn the techniques of tying flies and casting fly rods, along with areas both indoors and outdoors to participate in these activities first hand from local tiers and casting instructors.
Alongside all of this there will be local artists sharing their mediums including illustration, carving and filmmaking, and a showcase of the history of the modern fly angler with a place to see how things have evolved over the years.
During this program there will be a raffle and small auction including items furnished by Patagonia, Simms, TFO, Jeremy Koreski Photography and more.
Bend Casting Club is a component of the local Deschutes Chapter of Trout Unlimited.