Rhody Fly Rodders celebrate 60th anniversary


The Rhody Fly Rodders, the oldest chartered saltwater fly club in America, is holding a 60th Anniversary Banquet Celebration Saturday, Jan. 20, 1 Wright’s Farm Restaurant, 84 Inman Road, Harrisville, RI.  The event is open to the public. 

“This is a major milestone in our club’s history. We welcome and would be honored to have as many past presidents, board members, inactive members as possible as well as those presently active in the club. It was their energy and foresight in the beginning that helped the club grow and prosper to where it is today,” said Capt. Ray Stachelek, President of the Rhody Fly Rodders. “Sixty years is a long time and when you think about the technological advances during this period it is amazing from the Chase Bobbin Holder, to rotary vises, to light cure adhesives, and the progression of the fly rod from bamboo, fiberglass, to the current state of the art graphite .”

Capt. Stachelek said there will be lots to see and do at the celebration. For information and tickets contact Capt. Ray Stachelek at or 401.884.379.

Marlborough Fly Fishing Show this week

The Marlborough Fly Fishing Show is this week, Jan. 5- 7, 2024 at the Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center, 181 Boston Post Road West, Marlborough, MA. This is the first of a series of seven Fly Fishing Shows of its type across the country.

See all that is new for 2024 at the largest fly fishing event in New England including new exhibitors, speakers, topics, and new fresh and saltwater learning opportunities for all. Highlights include Stillwater programs with Phil Rowley; casting demos and instruction with George Daniel, Landon Mayer, Sheila Hassan and more; fly tying with Tim Flagler, Joe Cordeiro, Ed Engle and others; expanded selection of classes with the experts where you can get one-on-one time with the pros; featured seminars by Jeff Currier, Bob Mallard, Alan Caolo; as well as new rods, reels, lines, accessories, clothing, waders, boots, books, DVDs and anything else you may want to purchase.

Cash only at the gate, however tickets can be purchased in advance online. One Day adult pass is $18, two-day pass $28 and a three day pass is $38. Children 5 years old and under admitted free, 6 to 12 year olds $5.

For information, hours and to by tickets online visit

New England Saltwater Fishing Show March 8- 10

The New England Saltwater Fishing Show is Friday, March 8 to Sunday, March 10 at the Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI. If you like to fish on the salt you are in for a big treat. The show is the largest saltwater fishing show of its type in the Northeast. The Show features tackle, rods, reels, lures, electronics, charter guides, boats, engines, accessories, clothing and much more. Over 300 fishing related manufactures are  expected to be represented at the show.

“From what we hear so far you won’t want to miss the show specials offered by exhibitors and the great ‘how to’ seminars being offered by some of our areas top fishers,” said Scott Travers, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association, Show sponsors. “Learn strategies and tactics to target species such as striped bass, summer flounder, tautog and a host of others,”

For information on the show or how to reserve a booth at the show as an exhibitor contact Scott Travers at or 401 500-2634.

Cape Cod Bay Seasonal Right Whale Management Area in Effect Jan. 1-May 15, 2024

NOAA Fisheries announced last week the annual opening of a Seasonal Management Area (SMA) in Cape Cod Bay to protect North Atlantic right whales starting on January 1, 2024.

All vessels 65 feet or longer must travel at 10 knots or less in this area to reduce the threat of vessel collisions with these endangered whales. The Cape Cod Bay SMA is in effect through May 15, 2024.

Because vessels of all sizes can strike and injure a right whale, NOAA Fisheries also encourages vessels less than 65 feet in length to slow down to 10 knots or less within active SMAs.

The Cape Cod Bay SMA includes all waters of Cape Cod Bay with Northern Boundary of 42°04’56.5”N, 070°12’W to 42°12’N, 070°12’W then due west back to shore.

All boaters from Maine to Virginia, or interested parties, can sign up for email or text notifications about the latest Right Whale Slow Zones at NOAA Fisheries - Stay up to date with Right Whale Slow Zone notifications ( You can also follow NOAA Fisheries on Facebook (@NOAAFisheriesNEMA) and Twitter (@NOAAFish_GARFO) for announcements.

Where’s the bite?

Freshwater fishing in stocked ponds for trout and salmon continues to be very good with a decent largemouth and smallmouth bass bite. For a complete list of trout stocked ponds in Massachusetts visit Mass Wildlife at Trout stocking report |  and in Rhode Island visit, or call 401-789-0281 or 401-539-0019 for more information on trout stocking.

Saltwater. The tautog and black sea bass seasons closed Dec. 31. Anglers have now turned their attention to cod fishing, striped bass fishing in hold over areas with many switching off to fresh water fishing. For the past couple of years striped bass fishing in salt ponds has been outstanding with anglers catching fish to 35 inches, most striped bass hold overs are small school size bass.

If you want to try your hand at cod fishing call ahead to make a party boat reservation, vessels generally sail between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. and return in the afternoon. Visit and Full day rates for vessels are generally $130 to $135 per adult and around $80 for those under 12 years old.

Dave Monti holds a captain’s license and charter fishing license. He serves on a variety of boards and commissions and has a consulting business focusing on clean oceans, habitat preservation, conservation, renewable energy, and fisheries related issues and clients. Forward fishing news and photos to or visit


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