Cinder Worm Workshop 2010
Back by popular demand! We will be offering another tying and fly fishing seminar structured on the Cinder worm swarm that takes place every spring in Rhody’s salt ponds. These sessions are free and pre-registration is required. Register early and reserve a seat. Space is limited. Last year there were numerous individuals that missed out. Dave Pollack and Capt. Ray Stachelek are facilitators again for this event.
“Last year was unbelievable,” says Ray Stachelek. We had overflowing crowds of tiers exploring a new venue. The trained staff of experienced volunteers really supplied the necessary input each night. Their creative talents and friendly demeanor made everyone feel comfortable and wanting to return.
Kettle Pond Visitor Center and Ninigret Refuge
Observe one of nature’s fascinating spring rituals. See thousands of cinder worms as they wiggle their way to the surface performing their annual mating courtship. Quietly wade the secluded coves of Ninigret Pond. See the simple peace and beauty of a sunset over tranquil water. Listen to the silence around you. Suddenly it’s interrupted by dozens of surface feeding stripers. Finally, fly fish for those stripers using the tiny cinder worm flies you tied yourself. This isn’t some fisherman’s dream? Its reality and it can happen if you participate.
The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service in partnership with RI D.E.M. are organizing again 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, but if you can’t, any of the options are available.
Fly Tying Instruction - Kettle Pond Visitor Center on May 4th and 12th between the hours of 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Bring your own tying tools or use ours. We have a limit amount of equipment on hand.
Fly Fishing - Ninigret Refuge (entrance through Ninigret Park) on May 15 begins at 4:00 pm and we will fish the worm swarm till dark. Introduction to practical rigging and casting instruction will be covered for those in need of additional assistance. Fly Fishers will then fish the many coves of Grassy Point area. (We can’t guarantee the weather or fish, but past experiences have shown that this is prime time for the worm mating season.)
The program is open to adults or child over the age of 15 regardless of skill level. Instruction and guidance will be provided by some of the area’s leading fly fishing specialists. We encourage the use of personal fishing equipment. RIDEM Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Aquatic Resource Education program will provide the necessary outfits (other than waders) for beginners and entry level registrants. Pre-registration is required for borrowing gear.
For further information and registration contact:
Chuck Bullington – (401) 364-9124, ext. 44 or Charles_bullington@fws.gov