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Old 04-04-2018, 10:21 PM
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Cinder Worm Workshop

Cinder Worm Fly Tying Workshop
9th year running

Observe one of nature’s fascinating spring rituals. Witness thousands of cinder worms as they wiggle their way to the surface performing their spring mating dance. Quietly wade the protected coves of Ninigret Pond on a warm spring evening. See the beauty of a sunset over tranquil water. Now listen to the sound of silence as it is interrupted by dozens of surface feeding stripers. Finally, fish for those stripers using the tiny cinder worm flies you tied yourself.

This isn’t some kind of fisherman’s dream, it’s a reality and it can happen to you. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in partnership with Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management’s Aquatic Resource Education Program is organizing a Cinder Worm Workshop. There will be two weekday evening classes in fly tying instruction on cinder worm patterns and one weekend evening of fly fishing. “We would like to have everyone attend both workshops,” said David Pollack, one of the organizers of the program, “but you also have the flexibility to pick just one.” Introduction to practical rigging and casting instruction will be covered for those that need additional assistance. Fly fishers will then fish the coves of Grassy Point area of Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge. “We don’t guarantee the weather or the fish,” said Pollack, “but past experiences have shown that this is prime time for the worm mating season.”

The program is open to any adult or child over the age of 10, regardless of skill level. There is limited space with a 40 person maximum. Instruction and guidance will be provided by some of the area’s most knowledgeable worm fishermen. We will be wading along the shore of Ninigret Pond and there will also be an opportunity for kayak fishing - limited to experienced kayakers who have their own kayaks, equipped with required safety equipment and lights for kayaking after dark. Dave Pollack will lead that group.

For more information or to register, please contact Scott Travers at HYPERLINK ""

All fly tying materials will be provided. Participants are encouraged to use their personal equipment, but RI Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Aquatic Resource Education program will also provide the necessary fishing and fly tying equipment (other than waders) for beginners and entry level registrants.

Tuesday, May 1st, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Fly Tying

Kettle Pond Visitor Center, Charlestown, RI

Tuesday, May 8th, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Fly Tying

Kettle Pond Visitor Center, Charlestown, RI

Saturday, May 19th, 4:00 PM to dark

Fishing from Shore and Kayaks

Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge, Charlestown, RI

Ray Stachelek, USFWS – Volunteer

Dave Pollack, USFWS – Volunteer
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Old 04-07-2018, 11:03 AM
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book on hatches

For those unable to make the workshop, there is a new book out on worm hatches. At Amazon or Barnes and Knoble, under books, search worm hatch.
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Old 05-04-2018, 08:22 AM
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Found my first early hatch yesterday evening (Thursday, May 3). Last years first took place on 4/30/17, but not necessarily running late this year, as the tides change from year to year. They both took place at the same tide, and time, a 5 pm high in a shallow muddy backwater bay that heats up quicker than most other locations. Both started at high outgoing tide at 5:30. Both also started after the necessary 2-1/2 days of sun. The only difference was last year had plenty of fish, and this year had none present. The last time this no fish event happened was 2014, when we had a polar vortex winter, and that year the fish did not arrive until mid-May. For more insight, tips and tactics, see: "Fly fishing The Worm Hatch", available at Amazon, or locally at Bears Den.
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Finally some sunny days to start things up again. The Cape had only a half day yesterday, plus today's probably full day, making it a day and a half. Mondays full sun might count for something, even though it was cancelled out by Tuesdays rain and clouds, I might count it for another half day just in case, when in doubt, check it out, usually 2 days needed, but that could include one full and 2 half days. Problem here is the high tide is really late at 9:30. So I might be fishing in the dark. RI has a high at 6:30, so there it is prime time, and with sun on Friday and Saturday, it is almost a guarantee there will be something happening somewhere.
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