• Man fly fishing in front of the mountains.


Catch and Release Fly Fishing at Black Butte Ranch

Located in a scenic locations on the Ranch, Phalarope Lake is a splendid place to learn to fly fish. This is the only lake on the Ranch reserved for fly fishing (we let the wildlife enjoy the others). Barbless hooks and “catch and release” procedures are required. An Oregon fishing license is also needed, available online at Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

During the summer, FREE fly-fishing clinics* are offered through The Fly Fisher’s Place at the Ranch at 10am on Saturday mornings.

Fly Rod Rentals* are available through the Lakeside Activity Center (541-595-1282)
$10/hour | $20/half day | $40/full day
Purchase Flies: $3 each

They don’t actually go fishing during the clinic, so a fishing license is not required for the class. If anyone is going fishing on the Lake or around Central Oregon after the clinic, then make sure you are properly licensed. An Oregon fishing license is needed, and can be obtained online at odfw.huntfishoregon.com/customer/catalog.
*Must be 12 years or older