Unicorns, rainbows and a trip to The Preserve

Elisa Conti Cahill awards a young angler a new rod and reel The Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association once again made a fine June afternoon extra special with another successful Kids Free Fishing Derby. 60 young fishermen and women kids from aged six to fourteen were there, eager to fish Indian Run Reservoir, especially considering … Continue reading Unicorns, rainbows and a trip to The Preserve

“If ever you are stranded in these parts…”, there is such thing as a free lunch

There are folks among us who believe, “There ain’t no such a thing as a free lunch” but for fishermen in the know, we know that ain’t so.   Between Scott Travers and Jessica Pena with their DEM programs and Steve Medeiros with his relentlessly generous Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association, the next few weeks … Continue reading “If ever you are stranded in these parts…”, there is such thing as a free lunch

Make Some Time To Hear Fisherman Zak Trojano

  This week we meet Massachusetts musician and fly fisherman Zak Trojano. He writes complex, intricate, beautiful songs that help us see life a little differently because music, like fishing, speaks to people differently. Music can take us away from or bring us back to reality and Zak’s music, like fishing, requires some time. “I … Continue reading Make Some Time To Hear Fisherman Zak Trojano

A Tale of Two Rivers In Two Very Different Towns

Bright red canoes were unloaded for late summer drifts down The Wood as scratched, dented canoes were loaded with garbage from The Woonasquatucket River. They are dramatically different waterways, both in need of some repair, both gladly supported by volunteers. On Saturday, people came out in force to clean and improve both rivers while helping … Continue reading A Tale of Two Rivers In Two Very Different Towns

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…

Rep. Carson: DEM to report how severe Trump’s cuts will be on our environment

House OKs Carson bill asking DEM to report on potential effects of Trump’s cuts to environmental funding How much can volunteers be expected to do to protect our environment? STATE HOUSE – The House of Representatives today approved a resolution sponsored by Rep. Lauren H. Carson asking the state Department of Environmental Management (DEM) to … Continue reading Rep. Carson: DEM to report how severe Trump’s cuts will be on our environment

River Herring Count at Rising Sun Mills

RIDEM has one more herring count site at Providence's Rising Sun Mills. If you haven't been there, it's a real beauty of a refurbished mill whose owners have a sincere desire to help the Woonasquatucket River that flows through the backyard. Where others threw shopping carts and rolled car batteries down a lazy hill into a … Continue reading River Herring Count at Rising Sun Mills

River Herring Need Your Help (and it’s easy!)

For all those interested in volunteering for our upcoming herring counts, the trainings for new volunteers (or those who would like a refresher course) are as follows: Warwick- Buckeye Brook: Thursday, March 23th, 5PM-6PM Saturday, March 25th, 10AM-11AM Training Site: Near the Northwest corner of the Knights of Columbus parking lot, 475 Sandy Lane, Warwick … Continue reading River Herring Need Your Help (and it’s easy!)

You can learn a lot from 6″ of water

Always an outdoors column on the move, this week we go electroshocking catfish in Attleboro, Ma., find out how much you can learn by looking into a five gallon bucket and enjoy a quick discussion on Napoleon's wallpaper. Seriously. It’s difficult to connect an ankle deep river winding past a graveyard and an elementary school … Continue reading You can learn a lot from 6″ of water

It all starts here, on the banks of a river

Peter Van Noppen organized his folding tables, behind him, the Woonasquatucket River. Peter was the fulcrum for a big day of cleaning, clipping and hauling along this one stretch of the historic river just behind the gloriously restored Rising Sun Mill. The Woony was once a force powering mills and their machines, then a dirty … Continue reading It all starts here, on the banks of a river