Ramping up, lighting up and meeting Aaron Flynn

RIDEM has completed boat ramp repairs at Charlestown’s Watchaug Pond and South Kingstown’s Indian Lake. Both projects improve access, parking and safety for small boats, kayaks and canoes with twelve foot wide concrete ramps and six foot by twenty-foot floating wooden docks. These are welcome upgrades, completed in time for the boating season and its … Continue reading Ramping up, lighting up and meeting Aaron Flynn

“A season’s first trout with a hundred pigeons to fight poaching”

Amazing. Everybody waits. Ladies and gentlemen, crouched forward on cold seats, crowded into low sided skiffs, pacing around barely green shorelines. Everybody waits. A few without their glasses look to those young enough to read a watch in the dusky light of early Spring. 6 a.m. comes when it’s ready but until that very moment, … Continue reading “A season’s first trout with a hundred pigeons to fight poaching”

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 Carr … Continue reading So Close, Spring Is So Close…

Fish Wrapped 2017, Part II. The smiles say it all.

“Whatever I catch, I’m going to say it was three times bigger,” said 13 year old Tim Roberts. So begins part two of our year in review, that much-anticipated, semi-obligatory writers holiday crutch, where we succumb to sweet Christmas cookies, Mimi’s salty, perfect antipasto and endless tall cans of Maine microbrew, which easily overtakes any … Continue reading Fish Wrapped 2017, Part II. The smiles say it all.

Narragansett’s TU earns crucial funding, turbines turn & fishing refuses to wind down

While fishing season may be winding down for some, Glenn Place, President of Trout Unlimited’s Narragansett Chapter, has been working hard to keep members involved in fish conservation efforts. In support of their core mission to conserve, protect and restore North America’s cold water fisheries and their watersheds, the chapter has received an Embrace A … Continue reading Narragansett’s TU earns crucial funding, turbines turn & fishing refuses to wind down

How storms affect fish and fishing, with some help from Pliny the Elder.

This piece was first written to address pressure which affect fishing, aside from those leveled by significant others who watch chores go undone and front lawns turn to hay fields because the bluefish bite was hot. Then along came Sean Ward. Sean writes a fishing blog across the pond and he has articulately expanded on … Continue reading How storms affect fish and fishing, with some help from Pliny the Elder.

Albies Rise while Benny’s Sinks

The first schools of albies were seen feeding south of Block Island, now they’re moving inland from the mouth of Narragansett Bay to Watch Hill, bringing a level of excitement equal to Spring’s first stripers. Captain Rene Letourneau of On The Rocks Charters has been finding them on the fly around Newport, surf casters have … Continue reading Albies Rise while Benny’s Sinks

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

The Fish Wrap Writer joins forces with Outdoor Enthusiast Lifestyle magazine

We here at the Fish Wrap Writer are happy to announce that I'll be joining forces with oelmag.com. as the Fishing Editor for the new premier Outdoor Enthusiast Lifestyle magazine. Great articles, how-to's and photographs will emerge every day from the collective talent assembled to bring you all the information, gear and guidance you need to … Continue reading The Fish Wrap Writer joins forces with Outdoor Enthusiast Lifestyle magazine

Waders wet & hands dirty: that’s Trout Unlimited’s Jeff Yates

The cell phone went dead four times in half an hour. From Pennsylvania’s Route 80, Jeff Yates kept calling back because our conversation about conservation was important and timely, in light of an administration bent on overturning basic environmental protections, some as basic as clean water.  As the Director of Volunteer Operations for Trout Unlimited, … Continue reading Waders wet & hands dirty: that’s Trout Unlimited’s Jeff Yates