The Saltwater Edge

2015 Events and Education Calendar

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2015 Events and Education Calendar

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Surfcasting is a frequent event topic

At the Saltwater Edge we host events and education opportunities from bonefish to bluefin.

January 2015

Thursday, January 8th – Open Fly Tying Night - Flatwing Night starts at 5:30

Thursday, January 22nd – Open Fly Tying Night - Southern Flats Flies Night starts at 5:30

Saturday, January 24th –

Narragansett Surfcasters Surf Day details here

Connecticut Surfcasters Surf Day details here.

February 2015

Wednesday, February 11, 18 and 25 – Introduction to Saltwater Fly Tying with Steve Cook. Call to reserve your spot!

Thursday, February 12th – Open Fly Tying Night - Critter Flies Night (worms, shrimp, crabs) starts at 5:30

Saturday, February 21st – Jersey Shore Surfcasters Surf Day details here.

Thursday, February 26th – Surf Night with Dj Muller

Friday February 27 – Sunday, March 1 New England Saltwater Fishing Show details here.

March 2015

Wednesday, March 4, 11 and 18 – Advanced Saltwater Fly Tying with Steve Cook. Call to reserve your spot!

Thursday, March 12th – Knot Night

Thursday March 26th – Offshore Night

April 2015

Thursday April 9th – Saltwater Edge Reunion and Happy Hour 6pm

Saturday, April 11th –

Saltwater Edge Grand Reopening 9 am – 4 pm

Orvis 101 Introduction to Saltwater Fly Fishing 10 am and 1 pm

Saltwater Edge 101 Introduction to Surfcasting 11am and 2pm

Thursday April 23rd – Saltwater Edge On The Water – Spring Schoolies

Saturday April 25th

Orvis 101 Introduction to Saltwater Fly Fishing 10 am and 1 pm

Saltwater Edge 101 Introduction to Surfcasting 11am and 2pm

May 2015

Saturday May 2nd

Orvis 101 Introduction to Saltwater Fly Fishing 10 am and 1 pm

Saltwater Edge 101 Introduction to Surfcasting 11am and 2pm

Sunday May 3rd

Orvis 101 Introduction to Saltwater Fly Fishing 10 am and 1 pm

Saltwater Edge 101 Introduction to Surfcasting 11am and 2pm

Saturday May 9th

Orvis 101 Introduction to Saltwater Fly Fishing 10 am and 1 pm

Saltwater Edge 101 Introduction to Surfcasting 11am and 2pm

Thursday May 14th – Saltwater Edge On The Water – Kayak Fishing

Saturday and Sunday May 16 and 17th – Orvis Saltwater Fly Fishing School

Thursday May 28th – Saltwater Edge On The Water – Worm Hatch

June 2015

Saturday and Sunday June 6th and 7th – Orvis Saltwater Fly Fishing School

Thursday June 11th – Saltwater Edge On The Water – Kayak Fishing

Saturday June 13th

Orvis 101 Introduction to Saltwater Fly Fishing 10 am and 1 pm

Saltwater Edge 101 Introduction to Surfcasting 11am and 2pm

Sunday June 14th

Orvis 101 Introduction to Saltwater Fly Fishing 10 am and 1 pm

Saltwater Edge 101 Introduction to Surfcasting 11am and 2pm

Saturday and Sunday June 20th and 21st – Orvis Saltwater Fly Fishing School

Thursday June 25th – Saltwater Edge On The Water – Surfcasting

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Saltwater Edge Fly Box – Clouser Minnow

How To Tie A Clouser Minnow

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The Clouser Minnow is another highly adaptable style of imitating baitfish

In the survival kit of every service man is one fishing lure and it is a bucktail jig. The Closer Minnow in it’s many iterations is the fly rodders bucktail. The built in action that results from the lead eyes can be just the ticket to get tough fish to bite. It is also a good choice in larger sizes with heavier eyes for getting down when fishing reefs or other areas of heavy flow.

Captain Corey of Plug N Play Charters will show you how to tie a Clouser Minnow.

Check out Saltwater Edge fly tying materials here.

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Saltwater Edge Fly Box – Rhody Flatwing

How To Tie A Rhody Flatwing

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The Rhody Flatwing is a proven fish catcher in the Ocean State and beyond. While the classic Ray’s Fly color scheme is used here the flatwing is a style of tying rather than a specific pattern. Kenney Abrames and other Rhody Fly Rodders popularized this style of tying. Kenney utilized a construction technique that was popular among landlock salmon fisherman in Maine. To this point most saltwater flies had thier hackles tied in vertically in line with the hook bend. The best example of this is the Lefty’s Deceiver which creates a nice broadside profile. What Kenney and the landlock fisherman were trying to create is a pattern that presented an attractive profile from below. Bill Peabody, Ray Bonderew among other club members developed many effective flatwing patterns. Flatwings are constructed with a single feather or with as many as eight on some larger patterns.

For more on flatwings here’s a great article from Tom Keer

Captain Corey of Plug N Play Charters will show you how to tie a Rhody Flatwing

Check out Saltwater Edge fly tying materials here.

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Saltwater Edge Fly Box – Lefty’s Deceiver

How To Tie A Lefty’s Deceiver

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Lefty’s Deceivers are a highly adaptable style of tying baitfish imitations

The Lefty’s Deceiver is named for the originator of this fly the world famous fly fisherman Lefty Kreh. Lefty makes regular mention of how many species (both salt and fresh) this fly has fooled and I recall it is over 50 at this point. He set out to create a streamer that would cast well and not foul, would have an attractive profile and that was easy vary in color and shape.

Here in the northeast an all white version is among the best producers as is chartreuse over white for off color water. A slim, sparse olive or tan over white version is killer for the bonito and albies that we pray invade our shores in late summer.

Captain Corey of Plug N Play Charters will show you how to tie a Lefty’s Deceiver

Check out Saltwater Edge fly tying materials here.

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Captain Gluek’s “Guide Tested” Lure Selections

“Guide Tested” Lure Selections


Captain Ryan Gluek of Double Haul Anglers has assembled two “Guide Tested” SWE lure selections that are sure to be a hit with the fish and the fisherman. The two current selections are priced at $49.95 and represent a significant savings over purchasing these items separately. Each pack comes in a Plano 3600 tackle box. These make a great gift.

The Early Season Striped Bass Selection has a variety of searching lures to help you reach and fool the spring stripers:

Point Jude Silver Minnow

Daiwa SP Minnow – Mother of Pearl

Andrus Jetty Caster – White 1.25 oz

10 Gotcha 4” white grub tails

Savage Gear Manic Minnow – Ghost

Point Jude Herring Blue Sea Scallop

Rebel  Jumpin’ Minnow(with upgraded hooks)

SWE Tackle Box

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The Albie/ Bonito Selection will have you ready to roll when they blast into town next August:

Point Jude Po-Jee 1.5 ounce

Deadly Dick – #1L Green

Hogy Epoxy Jig  – Silver .625

Albie Snax – 2 ea. Amber, Pink, Pearl

Albie Snax hooks (3 pack)

Larry’s Lurz Small Casting Egg

Steve Cook’s Bonito Bunny

Steve Cook’s Bay Anchovy

SWE Tackle Box

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Gear Review: Van Staal X-Series Spinning Reels

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Gear Review: Van Staal X-Series Spinning Reels

One of the most proven products in saltwater fishing is the Van Staal VS Series Spinning Reel. It is often the preferred choice of surfcasters, kayak fisherman, light tackle tuna chasers and saltwater gear heads. Their preference is based on proven performance in the harsh environments in which they fish. Van Staal reels are tough (as in overbuilt) to perform reliably, completely sealed against saltwater intrusion and sized for applications from bonefish to bluefin.

Van Staal recently introduced the new X Series Spin Reel and there are two new features that create significant benefits that hardcore saltwater anglers should be aware of.

Here’s a recap of the product improvements discussed in the video

1) New traverse guide which slows oscillation optimizing line management
– better performance with braids at high drag pressures – will not dig in on itself
– 10% more line on the reel
– increased casting distance due to reduced line friction coming off the reel

2) Increased count and pitch of threads on the main shaft increases drag range
– greater drag range than the current VS series
– allows more precise drag settings
– audible clicker informs the angler to the relative amount of positive/negative drag

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How To Get Your Van Staal Reel Serviced

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How to Get Your Van Staal Reel Serviced

If you are done fishing for the season and feel it’s time to get your Van Staal reel serviced by one of their authorized service centers here is the most expedient way to do so. First, download the Service Form and fill it out completely.  Describe any particular issues that you might be experiencing or concerns that you may have.  Second, go to the Post Office and get a small “cube” box. These are the perfect size to ship your reel.  Third, choose a service center. We recommend either River’s End or White Water Outfitters most frequently.**


Van Staal Service / Warranty Center, 6109 E. Apache, Tulsa, OK 74115, Phone: 800-718-7335

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Shipping via UPS Ground for most northeast destinations is generally a 1-day affair, USPS Priority is usually 1-2 days.    Priority Mail shipments include tracking and $50 insurance so be sure to request additional insurance if you desire.  Pack your reel with the completed form (might want to make a copy of the form) and perhaps a little cushion and send it on it’s way.

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Professional service of and replacement typical wear items is  $49.95. You can expect a call from the Van Staal technician if any serious issue are uncovered.  It is well worth the time and effort to  have your reel professionally serviced periodically, to keep it performing it’s best for many years.


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Gear Review: GLoomis Short Stix Fly Rod


GLoomis Short Stix

Lyle with a 18lb Harkers Island albie! Photo Credit: Captain Bill Murphy

The GLoomis Short Stix fly rods have received a lot of accolades including the 2014 ICAST New Product Showcase Winner for “Best New Fly Rod”. You can’t do much better than that and I can tell you they make a great first impression. Light in the hand, nice cosmetics and it reeks of power; but how does it fish? We reserved judgement until we got some time on the water and settled into a new shorter casting stroke. We used the best albie season in years to test the fishability of the Short Stix.

Here’s what we found:

As mentioned these rods are optimized for the aggressive tapers found on lines like the AirFlo Sniper and Wulff Ambush. Use of these lines will minimize false casts. Still some casters made the adjustment to the shorter casting stroke quickly while others seemed to have a moderate challenge to find their groove required by the shorter rod length. That said the Short Stix seems to offer castability benefits that both the novice and the expert caster can appreciate.

The fishabilty is superb/stellar/fun and that starts with the light in the hand “throw it all day” feeling you have with a Short Stix in your hand. The rod is accurate and powerful; delivering distance with minimal false casting. You need that to land 6 albies on the fly from the stones!

PRO 4X Short Stix

Alex with West Wall albie #6!

The 2014 albie season put the Short Stix to the test and the consensus is there is not a better fish fighting fly rod that we can think of. The relative stiffness and length puts the pressure on the fish more reminiscent of a spinning rod. The 18lb albie at the top of the page “never saw the backing”. The heavier Short Stix is ideal for reefs and boulder fields were they fly rod can be over matched.

In summary, the GLoomis PRO 4X Short Stix has attributes that fly rodders of most any ability can appreciate. Most will gravitate to the fast load and minimal backcasting needed to generate line speed. Often only two backcasts are required and your fly is back in the water…where the fish are.

View the PRO4x Short Stix series here.

Here’s what GLoomis says about the PRO 4X Short Stix :

” Designed to make 80-foot-plus with less effort than traditional 9-foot rods, the new short length, fast-action PRO4x Short Stix are a true breakthrough for fly anglers. Using today’s new generation of short head fly lines, the 7-foot-6-inch rods load easily and offer exceptional casting distance especially with big, bulky, air-resistant flies. The four 3-piece ShortStix fly rods are inherently lighter and stronger – in hand they have the feel of a 9-foot 5 weight. Rods offered include an 8/9 weight for use with 300- to 350-grain fly lines; a 9/10 weight for 375- to 425-grain lines; a 10/11 weight for 425- to 475-grain lines; and a 11/12 weight for 475- to 525-grain weights.”

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Saltwater Fly Tying Programs

Saltwater Edge Fly Tying Programs


One of the best ways to enjoy the off season is to learn to tie saltwater flies. There are a number of reasons to develop your tying skills. Saltwater flies aren’t cheap, selections can be limited or off color to your local needs and lastly the satisfaction that comes from catching a fish on a fly you tied. We have three programs at the shop to help you fill your fly box.

Saltwater Edge Vise

Designed to hold larger saltwater flies and jigs securely

Saltwater Edge Fly Tying Classes include Introduction, Advanced as well as Guide Flies sessions throughout the season. Introduction and Advanced Classes are based on a three week session. These are held on Monday or Wednesday nights. We typically run one Introduction class in November, one in January and one in February and an Advanced class in March. All materials are provided. Participants also receive a 15% discount on fly tying materials purchased during the class.

1) Introduction to Saltwater Fly Tying with Steve Cook – Steve is a professional fly tier as well as a saltwater shore guide. His beginners seminar covers tools and materials and then a series of patterns that will form the building blocks for more many flies. Steve’s class is highly recommended for anyone who wants to produce quality flies and a prerequisite for advanced saltwater tying. Patterns include: Rays Fly, Lefty’s Deceiver, Clouser Minnows and White Water Witch. On occasion, Steve will offer a 4 hour Introduction Course on Saturday mornings to accommodate folks who can not make the week nights fit their schedule. This class is $60.

2)  Advanced Saltwater Fly Tying with Steve Cook - In this class Steve builds on the foundation created in the Introduction class. More advanced patterns with more complex tying techniques are covered. This class is $60.

3) Guide Flies with Guest Tiers – These are topic focused seminars taught by experts. Topics we cover include Striper Flies, Albie Flies, Critter Flies (crabs, shrimp and worms) and Bonefish Flies. In addition, to covering the patterns these more focused classes will cover tackle and tactics as well. Cost $45

4) Saltwater Edge Fly Tying Nights – Every other Thursday night (generally first and third) starting at 530 pm. These are not teaching sessions so much as a chance to tie with friends you haven’t met yet. We often have a topic; but just as often we go with the flow.

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New Location @ 1037 Aquidneck Ave

We have moved to 1037 Aquidneck Ave in Middletown

1037 Aquidneck

Entering it’s 23rd year the Saltwater Edge continues to expand by moving to 1037 Aquidneck Avenue in Middletown, RI. The new location has over 50% more retail space, a parking lot big enough for boats to turn around and an open floor plan. This is location is less than a mile from our previous location and abuts our earlier Aquidneck Avenue location.

You will find all the surf, fly, inshore and offshore tackle The Saltwater Edge is known for and in the coming months a further expansion of our kayak fishing department.

Winter Hours:
Monday- Wednesday 9-5
Thursday and Friday 9-6
Saturday 9-4

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