The Rhode Island Division of Fish & Wildlife will hold several fishing programs this fall. With stripers and bluefish plentiful in Narragansett Bay, autumn is one of the best times of the year to fish. Hosted by the Division’s Aquatic Resource Education program, the programs include an introduction to saltwater fly-fishing, a fly-fishing trip via train around Aquidneck Island, and fly-tying workshops. Pre-registration is required for most programs.
“Introduction to Saltwater Fly-Fishing” will be held on Saturday, October 5, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Kettle Pond Visitors Center in Charlestown. Fly-fishing instructors will teach participants fly-tying, casting techniques, and knot-tying. All materials and equipment are included with the $35 per-person registration fee. Lunch is not included, so participants should pack a lunch and bring a pair of waders. The program is open to adults and children age 10 and older.
“Fly-Fishing Express,” a fly-fishing safari around Aquidneck Island on the Old Colony Train will be held on Saturday, October 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The train will stop at several remote public access fishing areas around the island. Fly-fishing instructors will offer advice on the best flies and fly-fishing tactics. The program is designed for advanced beginner, intermediate and advanced fly-fishing anglers, and is perfect for those who have already participated in the “Introduction to Saltwater Fly-Fishing” workshop and would like to hone their fly-fishing skills while fishing. Pack a lunch and your chest waders and join other anglers on this fishing adventure. All other equipment, including flies, is provided with the $35 per-person registration fee.
“Fall Fly-Tying 2013” sessions will be held Thursdays from November 7 to December 19 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the North Kingstown Community Center. Professional fly-tyers will teach beginning and intermediate fly-tying techniques for both freshwater and saltwater fishing. All material and equipment is included. Cost of the program is $5 for each class or $25 for all 6 sessions. Pre-registration is recommended, although walk-ins are accepted.
For additional information and for registration materials, contact Kimberly Sullivan in DEM’s Aquatic Resource Education program at (401-539-0037) or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.