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Freshwater Fishing Workshops This Month

PROVIDENCE -The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced it is hosting a series of free fishing fly-tying workshops for novice and experienced fly-tiers and a fly-fishing clinic this month.

WHAT: Free Fly-Tying Workshops

WHEN: Monday, June 12, 19, 26 | 6:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. Coventry Public Library, 1672 Flat River Road, Coventry

Tuesday, June 6, 13, 20 | 6:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. Glocester Manton Public Library, 1137 Putnam Pike, Chepachet

Wednesday, June 14, 21, 28 | 6:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. Greenville Public Library, 573 Putnam Pike, Greenville

Instruction on freshwater angling will be included, and all equipment and materials will be provided. Participants are welcome to bring their own materials, if they prefer. Children aged 10 and older are invited to participate. Space is limited and registration is required. To register, contact Scott Travers at

WHAT: Introduction to Freshwater Fly-Fishing

WHEN: Saturday, June 17| 9:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. Addieville East Farm, Mapleville

Families with children 10 years and older learn about fly-fishing equipment, fly-tying, fly-casting, and the best fishing areas across Rhode Island during this six-hour workshop. Lunch and equipment provided. Registration is required. Fee: $15.00 per person. To register, contact Kimberly Sullivan at

These workshops are part of DEM's Aquatic Resource Education (ARE) Program. ARE is a federally funded program designed to enhance the public's understanding of their aquatic resources by providing safe and responsible fishing training opportunities. 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.

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  • Release date: 06-01-2017

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