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DEM Hosts Fly Tying, Fly Fishing Workshops

PROVIDENCE— The RhodeIsland Department of Environmental Management (DEM) hosts a series of free

fly-tying workshops for novice and experienced fly-tiers and a fly-fishingclinic this month, starting tonight at Jesse M. Smith Memorial Library inHarrisville.

Instruction on freshwater anglingwill be included in the fly-tying workshops, and all equipment and materialswill be provided. Participants are welcome to bring their own materials, ifthey prefer.Children ages 10 and older are invited to participate. Spaceis limited and registration is required. To register, contact Scott

Free Fly-Tying Workshops:

Wednesday, May 1, 15|6-8 PM

Jesse M. Smith MemorialLibrary, 100 Tinkham Lane, Harrisville

Friday, May 3|5:30-7:30 PM

Saturday, May 4 |1-3 PM

Tyler Free Library, 81 MoosupValley Road #A, Foster

Monday, May 6, 13 |6-8 PM

Diamond Hill Park CommunityCenter, 4097 Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland

Tuesday, June 4, 18|6-8 PM

Greene Public Library, 179Hopkins Hollow Road, Greene

Monday, June 10, 17|6-8 PM

Middletown Public Library,700 West Main Road, Middletown

Wednesday, June 12, 19|6-8 PM

Brownell Public Library, 44Commons, Little Compton

Fly-fishing workshop for women

A free fly-fishing workshop for womenwill be held Saturday, May 189 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Carolina Trout

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The workshop includes instruction onfly-tying, fly-casting, and related equipment. Participants also will have achance to fish in a stocked pond to try out their new skills. All equipment andmaterials are provided and lunch will be provided. Program sponsors includeTrout Unlimited, the Wood River Fly-Fishing Association, United Fly-Tyers ofRhode Island, and DEM.

Space is limited, and registration isrequired. For more information or to register for the workshop, contact JessicaPena atJessica.Pena@dem.ri.govorat 539-0019.

These workshops are part ofDEM’s Aquatic Resource Education (ARE) Program.ARE is a federally funded program designed to enhance the public’sunderstanding of their aquatic resources by providing safe and responsiblefishing training opportunities. As part of a larger network of recreationalopportunities in the state, fishing plays an important role in connectingpeople with nature, promoting health, attracting tourism, and supporting atreasured tradition for Rhode Island families. According to the U.S. Fish &Wildlife Service, there are approximately 175,000 recreational anglers (age16+) in Rhode Island. And recreational fishing contributes more than $130million to the economy each year.

Anglersadvised to take caution due to high water levels

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Due to recent heavy rainfalls, riversacross the state are experiencing dangerously high waters. Anglers areencouraged to fish at one of the nearly 60 stocked ponds around the state. Thefast-moving cold water combined with limited or poor footing is extremelyhazardous along some stretches of rivers and streams. Of particular concern arewaterbodies in the Wood-Pawcatuck watershed and the Pawtuxet River. DEMencourages anglers to use caution and practice the following safety measures:

  • Stand back fromthe shoreline and be aware of surroundings.
  • If fishing byboat, canoe or other vessel, wear a life jacket.
  • Keep a closewatch on children or those with limited mobility.
  • Don’t drinkalcohol while operating a boat.
  • Always stay inthe boat; water temperatures are low and risk of drowning due to the effects ofcold water is high.

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