Dave Henault has gone east for the winter

Dave Henault has left us. For the winter and for Southeast Asia. Dave’s the owner of Ocean State Tackle in Providence, a very well known figure in the fishing community and a total character. This winter, he’ll be riding his bicycle across three countries for exercise, pure enjoyment and to raise money for Pan Can, … Continue reading Dave Henault has gone east for the winter

Surfcasters bragging rights sure have changed

Rich Heffernan smoothed his perfect grey mustache and surveyed the crowd. They were cold, hungry fishermen in fleece hats and sweatshirts, the salty uniforms of those who spent long nights in the surf. Rich was helping host the breakfast banquet of the 26th Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association Fall Surf Casting Club Challenge at the … Continue reading Surfcasters bragging rights sure have changed

Fishing is tough but vets are tougher

For those of you scoring at home, here's that update on the Stars and Stripers and Project Healing Water Fly Fishing event on Narragansett Bay and a quick note about a group of friends looking for fish all night long. It had been a tough few weeks on the Bay. Fish were around, then they … Continue reading Fishing is tough but vets are tougher

He was the son of a fisherman

Gabriel Thomas Littlefield

Gabriel Thomas Littlefield was ten, strong, a little wild and blessed with an old man’s soul. He was dealt a tough card. He proved wisdom doesn’t always come with age. He was the son of a fisherman. When he became sick, a large community of fishermen came to his side. “Gabe’s Got This!” they yelled … Continue reading He was the son of a fisherman

How to fish for healing waters, patient guides & 400 lbs. of largemouth. Yikes.

Dan Ward

Project Healing Waters and Stars and Stripers teamed up for a second year to give veterans a day fishing on Narragansett Bay. Blessed with a perfect Saturday, the non-profit group of passionate volunteers matched a few dozen vets with local captains to find blues, bass or anything they could catch on a fly rod. Vets … Continue reading How to fish for healing waters, patient guides & 400 lbs. of largemouth. Yikes.

Tie up your fly, order a striper plate and set your winter table

With my arrival delayed by an AWOL windshield wiper in a hard southwesterly rain storm, I was the last to enter a room full of fly tyers. Nobody looked up, save for Kimberly Sullivan, the always smiling Principal Biologist for RIDEM and their Aquatic Resource Education Coordinator. For an easy donation of five dollars, this … Continue reading Tie up your fly, order a striper plate and set your winter table

It’s officially an unofficial win for the Narrow River

This story was somehow lost in the mix and should have been posted a few weeks ago. It happens... The First Annual Narrow River Kayak Multi-Species Fishing Tournament went off without a hitch last weekend and when all the numbers were tallied, the river came in first place. Block Island’s Geoff Hall squeezed off a … Continue reading It’s officially an unofficial win for the Narrow River

Albies have us surrounded and herring find some sanctuary

Albies. Albies. Albies. We wait and wait for them, we look to Captain Ray Stachelek to predict their arrival date, which he does with miraculous accuracy, we watch videos of Captain Rene Letourneau catching them on the fly and we stock up on supplies. We wonder if white Albie Snax will be the ones this … Continue reading Albies have us surrounded and herring find some sanctuary

Tom Adams wins big and RIDEM Law Enforcement lands a big poacher

This week we’re all about pats on the back, hands behind the back and fishing some sweet backwaters. Congratulations first off to Tom Adams of the Ocean State Kayak Anglers Association who earned first place in the Why Knot Albie Shootout. Fishing was tough as a railroad spike apparently but Tom kept at it and … Continue reading Tom Adams wins big and RIDEM Law Enforcement lands a big poacher

Go get ’em Gabe, we’ve totally got your back

In fuzzy world of printed newspapers and this new interweb thing, frequently there's a delay between when words are bound and when they go digital. That said, the following may seem a bit dated in our instant everything world but Gabe Littlefield's story is important and if even just one more person donates to the … Continue reading Go get ’em Gabe, we’ve totally got your back