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Free Fly-Tying Workshops Kick Off Next Week

PROVIDENCE -The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced today a series of free fly-tying workshops, beginning next week, at public libraries in Middletown, Little Compton and Portsmouth. The classes, designed for beginning and intermediate fly-tiers ages 10 and older, will cover techniques for both freshwater and saltwater fishing and will culminate in fishing events to be scheduled this spring.

Scheduled events include:

Freshwater Fly-tying: Middletown Public Library // 700 West Main Road, Middletown March 20, 27 & April 3 6:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.

Portsmouth Free Public Library // 2658 East Main Road, Portsmouth March 23, 30 & April 6 6:30 p.m. 8:00 p.m.

Saltwater Fly-tying: Brownell Library // 44 Commons, Little Compton March 22, 29 & April 5 6:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.

Classes are taught by experienced anglers from DEM's Aquatic Resource Education program. All equipment and materials will be provided; however, participants are welcome to bring their own materials if desired. Space is limited and registration is required. To register, contact Scott Travers via email at

According to the Outdoor Industry Association, outdoor recreation in Rhode Island generates $2.4 billion in consumer spending and supports 24,000 jobs. As part of a larger network of recreational opportunities in the state, fishing plays an important role in connecting people with nature, promoting health, attracting tourism, and supporting a treasured tradition for Rhode Island families. According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, there are approximately 175,000 recreational anglers (age 16+) in Rhode Island. And recreational fishing contributes more than $130 million to the economy each year.

Follow DEM on Twitter (@RhodeIslandDEM) or Facebook at for more information on recreational opportunities in Rhode Island as well as other timely updates.

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  • Release date: 03-16-2017

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