Community fly-tying workshops kick off next week

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) will hold a series of free fly-tying workshops, beginning next week, at public libraries in Charlestown, Middletown, Portsmouth and Little Compton.

Participants will learn how to make their own freshwater flies over several weeks and will have an opportunity to fish using the flies they created at a special fishing event in June.

The classes are designed for beginning and intermediate fly-tiers, ages 10 and older, and will cover techniques for freshwater fishing.

Scheduled events include:

Cross’ Mills Public Library, 4417 Old Post Road, Charlestown on March 15, 22, and 29 from 6 – 8 p.m.

Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Road, Middletown, on April 30, May 7, and June 4 from 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Road, Portsmouth, on May 3, 10, and 17 from 6 – 8 p.m.

Brownell Library, 44 Commons, Little Compton, on May 9, 23, and 30 from 6 – 8 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 U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, approximately 175,000 recreational anglers (age 16 and older) exist in Rhode Island. Recreational fishing contributes more than $130 million to the economy each year. 

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