Tackle Shop Owners Appeal to RI DEM
Tackle Shop owners from around the Ocean State came together to ask Rhode Island DEM to give their customers what they wrote, commented and asked from the beginning and that is “one fish with 31% conservation equivalency”. We will settle and understand how it became one fish at 28 inches; but there is no reason to move to the low bar of 25% conservation equivalence if your constituents specifically asked for 31% and it was a limitation of your Technical Committee that set the bar at only 31%!
Rhody anglers are having a hard time seeing how this isn’t the export of a public resource against the stated desire of the citizens for the benefit of a few and for those who can afford to pay.
Dear Director Coit, Senator Sosnowski, and Mr Borden,
Collectively, the recreational fisherman in Rhode Island and the Ocean State’s tackle shop owners and their employees want to urge you not to abandon the original conservation equivalency of >31% that was linked to all of the one fish options that were presented to Rhode Islanders. As shop owners we hear the dialog within the rec community every day and we can assure you the vast majority are frustrated and disheartened to learn you are considering a 27% harvest reduction to benefit one user group. They know Conservation Equivalence is a minimum and Rhode Island is under no obligation to utilize the lower standard.
The citizens spoke emphatically and consistently in favor of a one fish and 30 inch limit with the corresponding greater the 31% mortality reduction. Quite a few more, decidedly shore bound Rhode Islanders, advocated for an even more conservative approach of one fish at 32 inches. The ASMFC Technical Committee is unable to discern the gains in reduced mortality between the 30 inch and 32 inch options desired by Rhode Islanders relative to the 28 inch limit that produces a “greater than 31% reduction”. Please recognize your constituents were forced to settle for the nebulous “greater than 31%” at the outset due to inability of ASMFC to deliver this key piece of data.
The urgency in the uniform voice of recreational anglers for the most conservative approach is fueled as well by the Technical Committee assessment that all of the options presented have roughly a 50% chance of success. It amounts to a coin flip. These are scary odds for the recreational anglers of the Ocean State and even more concerning if your business requires healthy striped bass fishery to survive.
At the ASMFC Planning Meeting the DEM strategy was “one fish and investigate conservation equivalence to get two fish for charter fleet” while not ideal this was an acceptable compromise in that it included a “greater than 31% reduction”. As shop owners we can sympathize with the Charter Captains concern for their livelihood and the jobs they create as we have employees whose need for jobs is no less important.
If you walk in the waders of the majority of Rhode Island recreational anglers it’s hard not to see the current “2 fish with 27% reduction” proposal by the for hire fleet as anything other than the export of Rhode Island resources against the stated desire of public and to the benefit of a select few and for those who can afford to pay for the best.
We urge you to maintain the >31% harvest reduction your public demanded. If you consider a “two fish” option the recreational anglers of Rhode Island would ask that the Charter Boat Captains and Mates contribute to reducing mortality by not taking their recreational share while on a “for hire” trip. This will help mitigate the negative impacts of the continued harvest of two reproducing females by each of their paying customers.
You have a wonderful opportunity to let Rhode Island again be the state that leads with a creative solution that the serves the citizens, shares the economic impact and most importantly protects this incredible gamefish.
Thank you for your service,
Peter Jenkins – The Saltwater Edge
Mike Wade – Watch Hill Outfitters
Neal Hayes – Quaker Lane Bait and Tackle
Dave Henault – Ocean State Tackle
Greg Bruning – The Tackle Box
Captain Ron Mouchon – Breachway Bait and tackle
Captain Chris Willi – Block Island Fishworks
Mike Cardinal – Cardinal Bait and Tackle
Ray Miclette – Pete’s Bait and Tackle
Robin Nash – Quonny Bait and Tackle
CC: Mark Gibson and Robert Ballou
How To Tie A Clouser Minnow
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.
How To Tie A Rhody Flatwing
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.
How To Tie A Lefty’s Deceiver
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.
“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
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
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
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.**
**NOTE VAN STAAL REELS WITH SERIAL NUMBERS BELOW 7000 ARE REQUIRED TO BE RETURNED TO THE FACTORY SERVICE CENTER IN TULSA, OKLAHOMA FOR SERVICE OR WARRANTY REPAIR.
Van Staal Service / Warranty Center, 6109 E. Apache, Tulsa, OK 74115, Phone: 800-718-7335
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.
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.
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!
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.”
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 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.
Monday - 9am - 5pm
Tuesday - Retail Closed
Wednesday - 9am - 5pm
Thursday and Friday - 9am - 6pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday - Retail Closed
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