gotta #keepemwet and help rivers stay on course

Couldn’t wait to tell, that Bill McWha, South County’s ever observant riverkeeper, about the first arrival of alewives. A few river herring have survived their migration and are running the incoming tide just south of North Kingstown’s Gilbert Stewart museum. They should be two or three years older than when they headed for sea after … Continue reading gotta #keepemwet and help rivers stay on course

amassing rods, foot fetishes, building rods & abe vigoda. huh.

Fishing rods, and my collection of them, are quizzical things, very much like my wife’s shoes and respective stockpile. Equally we require certain general design specifics, rarely in similar price ranges, although we do not share technical or fashion related needs. She and I can both justify our separate acquisitions, through purchase or passage, but … Continue reading amassing rods, foot fetishes, building rods & abe vigoda. huh.

final piece in our series on protecting ri brook trout

“When you're finished changing, you're finished”, Benjamin Franklin gave us. Changing the status of the Upper Wood River, even temporarily, requires a change in regulation and in our understanding of how critical rivers are. The regulation part is problematic for Christine Dudley, DEM’s Deputy Chief of Freshwater and Anadromous Fisheries. She knows well that “laws … Continue reading final piece in our series on protecting ri brook trout

A Second, Deeper Look at Brook Trout & Our Needs

This is the second in a three part series on a proposal by Protect Rhode Island Brook Trout. To help restore the Upper Wood River’s overall health and population of native fishes, Protect Rhode Island Brook Trout has proposed an experimental 5 year plan which includes suspending the State’s stocking of hatchery-raised, non-native fish and … Continue reading A Second, Deeper Look at Brook Trout & Our Needs

4 wise men protecting r.i.’s brook trout

This week we begin a three part series looking into a proposal by Protect Rhode Island Brook Trout. Their work is genuine, guided by a desire to address a potential, not a past. This week we begin a three part series to discuss a small group of devoted trout fishermen who are working to protect … Continue reading 4 wise men protecting r.i.’s brook trout

6 deer to go, Lyme disease all around and a true Ace-1

It’s the wind, I would guess. Wind is just one element of what makes Block Island a special place, swept with strong winds most every day over rolling hills, kettle ponds and hundreds of acres of brush. In much of the brush, briars, Russian olives and bayberry are herds of deer looking for cover and … Continue reading 6 deer to go, Lyme disease all around and a true Ace-1

let’s talk priorities, the Constitution and river herring then say goodbye to Joe Martins

Quick question, when you visit the shoreline, be it fresh or saltwater, what’s your priority? Chances are you want to park your vehicle, then fish, swim, paddle, explore or maybe just lean back with a cold one and practice some kayak lethargy and that’s all good. The fun and peace associated with water is also … Continue reading let’s talk priorities, the Constitution and river herring then say goodbye to Joe Martins

standing at the EEZ on my striper soapbox

RIDEM Law Enforcement gave a presentation to the July Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers meeting and after a slide show with some straight-eighties Kenny Loggins guitar, Lt. Joe Poccia walked members through the history, mission and daily demands of their Environmental Police officers. The Q&A session was pretty straightforward until Kevin Robishaw spoke up, with just … Continue reading standing at the EEZ on my striper soapbox

enforcing the law with courtesy and patience

From federal level hearings to local fishing club outings, there is a growing recognition that we the people need more enforcement of laws protecting our natural resources.  There are more of us than ever on the water and in the woods and not all play by the rules. Commercial and recreational fisheries laws constantly change.  … Continue reading enforcing the law with courtesy and patience