striped bass · sarcasm with a chance of humor · regulation speak · call for action

Public access and how to lose it

Narragansett Bay is teeming with stripers. It’s easy to access them from beaches, breakwalls and kayaks, from river mouths to the upper Bay and the Taunton River. Our CRMC provides a wonderful, interactive map of public access spots, which you can find at http://www.crmc.ri.gov/publicaccess.html. In shallow waters, there’s topwater action with D.O.A. jerkbaits rigged with… Continue reading Public access and how to lose it

striped bass · the second amendment

stripers, shooters, wardens, thieves and Jimmy Chappel. That’s a full Fish Wrap week.

 This is the time. Bucktails, teaser flies, Cocahoe minnows. Seven foot medium weight rods for kayaks in salt ponds, ten foot surf rods for long beach casts.  Buckies, pogies, silversides. D.O.A. jerkbaits, topwater schoolie action and everything tipped with squid. Ready piles of fresh fluorocarbon leaders cut and tied last winter. Getting back into a… Continue reading stripers, shooters, wardens, thieves and Jimmy Chappel. That’s a full Fish Wrap week.

regulation speak

RIDEM regulations hearings announced

RI DEM will hold public hearing on draft regulations for recreational fishing, hunting, falconry and parks regulations on the following two dates Monday, May 8, 5:30 p.m. at DEM Headquarters | Room 300 235 Promenade Street Providence, Rhode Island and then on  Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.  Warwick Police Department’s Community Room 99 Veterans Memorial Drive… Continue reading RIDEM regulations hearings announced

alewives · dams · fluke

Bill, Beers, Bill, Bears, Bluebacks, Buckies. That’s no fluke…

If there’s water involved, Bill McCusker is willing to get wet. He’s a tireless volunteer and advocate, a guy who collects water samples for URI’s Watershed Watch, has happily volunteered countless hours to the Wood Pawcatuck Watershed Association, dragged hoses and fought fires for the Richmond-Carolina Volunteer Fire Department, all while continuing to heft herring… Continue reading Bill, Beers, Bill, Bears, Bluebacks, Buckies. That’s no fluke…

striped bass · tackle store

Wailing the West Wall with Korkers, old flannel & the Bill Dance toss…

For many fishermen, once the opening of trout season has passed, it’s all about Galilee, Jerusalem and wailing the west wall. That ragged run of blocks and rocks is known for being one of the earliest spots to find a new season’s first stripers. Word races through chat rooms, listservs and all corners of the… Continue reading Wailing the West Wall with Korkers, old flannel & the Bill Dance toss…

brook trout · fresh water fishing · stocking

DEM STOCKS PONDS WITH GOLDEN TROUT FOR FREE FISHING WEEKEND

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management has announced a Free Fishing Weekend for Saturday, May 6 – Sunday, May 7.  Anglers are invited to fish without a fishing license or trout conservation stamp in the state’s freshwater streams, rivers, ponds and lakes. 6,000 rainbow trout and 4,000 golden trout will be stocked at Peck Pond, Burrillville… Continue reading DEM STOCKS PONDS WITH GOLDEN TROUT FOR FREE FISHING WEEKEND

call for action

How to mix cold water, Slim Jims & Garrett Hardin

Cold water, piles of trash bags, new flies, cold beer, stripers with lice and if you’re lucky, those mighty anadromous heros of Spring, river herring. So that was Earth Day weekend, 2017. Fisherman Matt Toker a set up a Facebook page called 401 Fishing and has been promoting his Trash Pickup at Your Favorite Honey Hole… Continue reading How to mix cold water, Slim Jims & Garrett Hardin

call for action · fresh water fishing · sarcasm with a chance of humor · skeet shooting · tackle store

Spring & The Mystery of Dissapearing ROW Signs

Each Spring, along with the return of ospreys and Florida license plates, comes the disappearance of public access signs. Surely it pays to do your homework before you double click the alarm and push through bayberries and bull briers to launch your new kayak. When properly maintained, legal points of access to the shoreline are… Continue reading Spring & The Mystery of Dissapearing ROW Signs

alewives · call for action · fresh water fishing · sarcasm with a chance of humor

How to clean up your house & drink some clean water

This post originally appeared in the Southern RI Newspapers. Cold water, piles of trash bags, new flies, cold beer, stripers with lice and if you’re lucky, those mighty anadromous heros of Spring, river herring. So that’s Earth Day weekend, 2017. Fisherman Matt Toker has a set up a Facebook page called 401 Fishing and has… Continue reading How to clean up your house & drink some clean water

alewives · brook trout

Cold Water, Cold Brew at Whalers

If someone offered you a few hours of down time, chatting about rivers and fish, in an old mill, in a brewery in that old mill, filled with lots of fishy art and people tying flies and many good folks from the local Trout Unlimited chapter, would you find a few hours on a Friday?… Continue reading Cold Water, Cold Brew at Whalers