Trout Season Starts at With Tommy Thompson and The Perryville Trout Hatchery

For April’s second Saturday, we have planned and waited, packed and repacked. Cursed for pre-dawn shivers in frigid canoes or poorly chosen float tubes, loved for an inevitable warm rising sun, remembered for simple pleasures of reopening tackle boxes, fly cases and rod tubes, Rhode Island’s official opening of trout season means more than just wetting a line.

I’d like to thank the Academy but I’d rather go fishing with you

Thank you. Thank you to my readers, my critics, my family who reads my column about once a year, at most, and the editors who still open my emails. I appreciate all of you. Thank you to everyone who "likes" and "shares" and sticks on one of those weird emoji faces after a shameless self-promotion … Continue reading I’d like to thank the Academy but I’d rather go fishing with you

Meet David Smith, Father, Fisherman, Fan For All Seasons

“Whenever I can bear that damned cold weather,” said the fishermen. Whitecaps frosted a small town pond tucked away in plain sight. Only one person was out there fishing through the cold and wind. March gripped winter tightly as the fisherman worked hard for his catch. He knew storms raise and crash barometric pressures, making … Continue reading Meet David Smith, Father, Fisherman, Fan For All Seasons

Kayak Bassin’, Woony Cleanin’, Gunar Catchin’…That’s A Lot

RJ Alves and Matt Tetrault are full steam ahead with their new RI Kayak Bassin’ group and a full calendar of fishing tournaments. The first event at South Kingstown’s Worden Pond is already full, which shows you how much love there is for freshwater fishing and how much we’re all sick of all this winter. … Continue reading Kayak Bassin’, Woony Cleanin’, Gunar Catchin’…That’s A Lot

Jigging Tank, Custom Rods & Fresh Catch Beer…Man What A Show

The 2018 New England Saltwater Fishing Show was another major success. The annual three day event drew around 15,000 men, women and children to see the biggest names in rods, reels, boats, lures, charter captains and the newest fashions. Produced by the 7,500 member strong RI Saltwater Anglers Association, this year was exceptionally busy. Elisa … Continue reading Jigging Tank, Custom Rods & Fresh Catch Beer…Man What A Show

Swampers, Jimmy Chappel & Other Cool Guys Help Us Welcome A Much Needed Spring

Spring. Spring. The very word brings a smile to even the stodgiest of swampers. Yes, I made up that word. Spring is positive, it’s bright, it’s pleasing, it’s new hope for an end to slumping wood piles, dirty roads and thread bare back woods. Spring brings work, with gardens to till, border beds to clean, … Continue reading Swampers, Jimmy Chappel & Other Cool Guys Help Us Welcome A Much Needed Spring

So Close, Spring Is So Close…

Spring is so close. Colors are changing, pale green buds are patiently peeking out from riverbank maples. Tucked under bony rhododendron skeletons, tiny yellowed shoots emerging from wet leaves missed by fall’s rake tell us everything about the real calendar. River herring, Nature’s beloved harbinger of Spring, have arrived at Gilbert Stuart, swimming for Card … Continue reading So Close, Spring Is So Close…

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

Good for Narragansett Surfcasters, RI Kayak Bassin, Bad for Segar Cove

The Narragansett Surfcasters held their 5th Annual Surf Day and Used Tackle Sale and as expected, the day was a big success. More than 250 people looked over thirty tables piled high with reels, waders, plugs and flies. Fishermen went in droves to shake off some winter rain, shake hands with friends they hadn’t seen … Continue reading Good for Narragansett Surfcasters, RI Kayak Bassin, Bad for Segar Cove

Spring, Fly Shops &OSKAA Fish For Winters End

A few local, dedicated kayak fishermen have formed a new Facebook group called the Ocean State Kayak Anglers Association. Speaking from personal experience, these men and women have salt water in their veins, know how to have fun and think about  kayaking all the time. Tom Adams and Brian Hall are two of the founders … Continue reading Spring, Fly Shops &OSKAA Fish For Winters End