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Fly-Fishing Safari Coming to Aquidneck Island

Mark your calendar! A fly-fishing train ride will arrive on the island on Oct. 27.

The Department of Environmental Management’s Division of Fish and Wildlife will hold several fishing programs this fall, including one on Aquidneck Island.

Hosted by the Division's Aquatic Resource Education program, the programs include an introduction to saltwater surf-fishing and fly-fishing, and fly-tying workshops. Pre-registration is required for most programs. 

Fly-Fishing Express

A fly-fishing safari around Aquidneck Island on the Old Colony Train will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 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.

Surf Fishing: The Basics

An introductory course on surf casting and fishing will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Camp Cronin in Narragansett. Participants will learn about saltwater tackle and gear, safety measures, surf casting and knot tying, and have an opportunity to fish at one of Rhode Island’s premier saltwater fishing areas. Families with children aged 9 and up are encouraged to participate.  Space is limited and registration is required.  All materials and equipment are included with the $10 per-person registration fee.  The fee for families with three or more participants is $5 per person.

 
Introduction to Saltwater Fly-Fishing

This program will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. to 3 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. The program is open to adults and children age 10 and older.

Fall Fly-Tying 2012

These sessions will be held on six Mondays beginning Oct. 22 to Dec. 17 from 7 p.m. to 9 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. Cost of the program is $5 for each class or $25 for all six 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 539-7333 or via e-mail atkimberly.sullivan@dem.ri.gov.

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