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.