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DEM Hosts Free Fly-Fishing Workshop This Month

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) – in partnership with Trout Unlimited, United Fly-Tyers of Rhode Island, and the Wood River Fly-Fishing Association – will host a free fly-fishing clinic for women this month.

WHAT: Ladies Fly-Fishing Day

WHEN: Sunday, July 16 | 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Carolina Trout Pond, Carolina

The fly-fishing workshop, part of DEM’s Aquatic Resource Education (ARE) program, includes instruction on fly-tying, fly-casting and related equipment. Participants will also have an opportunity to fish in a stocked pond. ARE provides a host of recreational fishing opportunities for the public – as well as marine science programming for educators.

According to the Outdoor Industry Association, outdoor recreation in Rhode Island generates $2.4 billion in consumer spending and supports 24,000 jobs. As part of a larger network of recreational opportunities in the state, fishing plays an important role in connecting people with nature, 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 annually.

All equipment and materials are provided by the ARE program and lunch will be provided, courtesy of Trout Unlimited. Space is limited and registration is required. For more information or to register for the workshop, contact Jessica Pena at Jessica.Pena@dem.ri.gov or at 539-0019.