In this March + April 2023 issue of Bend Magazine, we share a few of water’s stories. As a celebration of life on the water as a fly fisherman, and as of a human being, the book The River Why celebrates the fortieth year since its publication, we were grateful to catch up with David James Duncan as he prepares to return to Bend for “A Novel Idea” this April and on the cusp of releasing his new novel The Sun House. Writer Annie Fast brings us in the boat of whitewater kayakers on the Deschutes. We share the story of The Mayfly Project mentors who are teaching stories of fishing and life to foster kids across the country and in Bend. Meet artists, athletes and programs through our stories not just of water but about how we choose to live in Central Oregon.