RI to Offer Free Fly Tying Workshops

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) host a series of free fly-tying workshops, beginning next week, at public libraries in Charlestown, Middletown, Portsmouth and Little Compton. Participants will learn how to make their own freshwater flies over several weeks and will have an opportunity to fish using the flies they created at a special fishing event in June. The classes are designed for beginning and intermediate fly-tiers ages 10 and older and will cover techniques for freshwater fishing.


Scheduled events include:


Cross’ Mills Public Library // 4417 Old Post Road, Charlestown

March 15, 22, 29

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


Middletown Public Library // 700 West Main Road, Middletown

April 30, May 7, & June 4

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


Portsmouth Free Public Library // 2658 East Main Road, Portsmouth

May 3, 10, 17

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


Brownell Library // 44 Commons, Little Compton

May 9, 23, 30

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


Classes are taught by experienced anglers from DEM’s Aquatic Resource Education program. All equipment and materials will be provided; however, participants are welcome to bring their own materials if desired.  Space is limited and registration is required. To register, contact Scott Travers via email at Scott.travers@dem.ri.gov.


According to the Outdoor Industry Association, outdoor recreation in Rhode Island generates $2.4 billion in consumer spending and supports 24,000 jobs. As part of a larger network of recreational opportunities in the state, fishing plays an important role in connecting people with nature, promoting health, attracting tourism, and supporting a treasured tradition for Rhode Island families. According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, there are approximately 175,000 recreational anglers (age 16+) in Rhode Island. And recreational fishing contributes more than $130 million to the economy each year.