The Fish Wrap Writer Blog

Below you will find more than 350 articles covering fishing in Rhode Island and the greater New England area since 2014.

 And some truth-ish stories as well. I hope you will enjoy.

2021 Fishing SeasonConservationFishery Policy & RulesFly Fishing - Fresh WaterFly TyingFresh Water FishingNative Brook TroutRhode Island FishermenRhode Island Trout FishingRhode Island WaterwaysTrout Fishing
Protecting Beaver River Brookies
Protecting Beaver River Brookies

Protecting Beaver River Brookies

Teaming up to protect Beaver River brook trout There is convincing evidence that Rhode Island Trout Unlimited President, Glenn Place, doesn’t sleep. He tirelessly manages his Tom’s Markets, generously shares recipes and dishes, prioritizes family time always,...

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2020 Fishing SeasonFisherman Gift IdeasFresh Water FishingLargemouth Bass FishingRhode Island FishermenRhode Island WaterwaysTackle ShopsTackle TipsTrout Fishing
Thayer Creates Finest Fishing Lures
Thayer Creates Finest Fishing Lures

Thayer Creates Finest Fishing Lures

Matt Thayer is carving, turning, painting “Yeah, I eat, sleep and breath fishing,” Matt Thayer said. That’s not unusual in our part of the world, where we enjoy easy access to fresh and salt waters but Matt’s equally immersed in the sport and business. He’s a...

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ConservationFishing ClubsFly Fishing - Fresh WaterFly Fishing - SaltwaterFresh Water FishingRecreation Public AccessRhode Island FishermenRhode Island Trout FishingRhode Island WaterwaysSalt Water FishingWild and Scenic Rivers
RI’s Rec. Saltwater Fishing License Report
RI’s Rec. Saltwater Fishing License Report

RI’s Rec. Saltwater Fishing License Report

John Lake is more than happy to share numbers from last 2020's Saltwater Recreational Fishing License Program, in fact, he's really happy to do it. After John, we'll meet some Trout Unlimited volunteers who are, once again, cleaning up other people's trash.

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ConservationRiver HerringWind Farms
Herring hit a dam wall
Herring hit a dam wall

Herring hit a dam wall

Each spring, river herring migrate to rivers and ponds of their birth and for hundreds of years, they have been pushed back by dams and ancient impoundments. Volunteers move them around some but nature's clock is ticking. Offshore, wind farm turbines are being constructed quickly so we show you a virtual tour of navigating through one hundred proposed turbines east of Block Island.

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Fishery Policy & RulesPoachingRecreation Public Access
Poaching & Beach Access In the House
Poaching & Beach Access In the House

Poaching & Beach Access In the House

Our rights to walk a shoreline are being challenged by shoreside landowners who don't want people walking on "their beach" and a lot of "us" have had enough. There is welcome legislation to protect our rights while another bill seeks to slightly sharpen penalties for animal poachers. Both bills affect us and both need a few minutes of your time to let representatives understand how you feel.

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2021 Fishing SeasonAmerican Saltwater Guides AssociationFishery Policy & RulesStriped Bass Fishing
ASMFC Needs Your Striper Knowledge
ASMFC Needs Your Striper Knowledge

ASMFC Needs Your Striper Knowledge

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is calling for comments, observations, recommendations, thoughts on the condition of the striped bass population, our rules governing its protection and harvest or how you feel it should be managed for the greatest abundance. We need you to comment before April 9, 2021.

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Firearm LegislationFirearm LogicFirearmsFish Wrap Ponderings
RI’s Ill-Conceived Firearms Legislation
RI’s Ill-Conceived Firearms Legislation

RI’s Ill-Conceived Firearms Legislation

The Rhode Island legislature is considering a slate of ill-conceived firearms bills which together, suffer from zero perspective or understanding of those who legally own and enjoy firearms.  The ramifications are sweeping; several appear clearly invasive, others are reactions to unfortunately common events involving firearms.

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Fishing ClubsRhode Island Trout FishingRhode Island Waterways
Turn A Page, Purge Some Gear
Turn A Page, Purge Some Gear

Turn A Page, Purge Some Gear

Boats of all sizes are wrapped in slinky white blankets while Monahan’s Pier rests without echoes of Narragansett Surfcasters’ salty tall tales. Seasoned anglers know all that means it’s time: we must respect our proximity to Spring with inevitable tasks of reorganizing and worse, to purge gear. Fishing, hiking, hunting; it matters not.

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