United Fly Tyers of Rhode Island, Inc.

Upcoming Events

​Glen Place, President of TU 225, has invited members of UFTRI to attend the 2/26/2020 meeting at the Elks Club, 42 Nooseneck Hill Road, West Greenwich, RI 02817. Social hour is 6:00pm, and the meeting starts at 6:30pm.  This will be a tying meeting.

April 4, 2020: TU 225: Spring Banquet--Guest Speaker: Tom Rosenbauer from Orvis.  Location and more details TBD 

DEM Events:  please contact Ed Lombardo if you would like to help



MAY 16, 2020: Dare to Dream Veterans Fly Fishing event @ DEER CREEK


Cinder Worm Workshop
 (2020) Wow! 11 years! Incredible! 

Observe one of nature’s fascinating spring rituals. Witness thousands of cinder worms as they wiggle their way to the surface performing their spring mating dance. Wade the protected coves of Ninigret Pond on a warm spring evening. See the beauty of a sunset over tranquil water. Now listen to the sound of silence as it is interrupted by dozens of surface slurping stripers. Finally, fish for those stripers using the tiny cinder worm flies you tied yourself. 

This isn’t some kind of fisherman’s dream. It’s a reality and it can happen to you. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in partnership with Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management’s Aquatic Resource Education Program are again organizing a Cinder Worm Workshop. There are two weekday evening classes in fly tying instruction on cinder worm patterns; one weekend evening of fly fishing. “We would like to have everyone attend both workshops,” said David Pollack, one of the organizers of the program, “but you also have the flexibility to pick any combination.” Tutorial on rigging and casting instruction will be offered for those that need beginner assistance. Fly fishers will then fish the coves of Grassy Point area of Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge. “We don’t guarantee the weather or the fish,” said Pollack, “but we do try to schedule this during prime time mating season.” 

This program is open to adults or child over age 10. No skill level is required. Space is limited to 40 students maximum. Instruction and guidance will be provided by some of the area’s most knowledgeable, skilled worm fishermen. We will be wading the shores of Ninigret Pond. There will also be an opportunity for kayak fishing too - limited to experienced kayakers who have their own kayaks, equipped with required safety equipment and lighting for after dark.  

All fly tying materials will be provided. Participants are encouraged to use their personal equipment, but RI Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Aquatic Resource Education program will also provide the necessary fishing and fly tying equipment (some waders) for beginners and entry level registrants. 

Tuesday, May 5th, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM 
Fly Tying
Kettle Pond Visitor Center, Charlestown, RI 

Tuesday, May 12th, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM 
Fly Tying
Kettle Pond Visitor Center, Charlestown, RI 

Saturday, May 16th, 4:00 PM to dark 
Fishing from Shore and Kayaks
Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge, Charlestown, RI

The program is free. Registration is required
Registrants must provide name, email address, telephone number, and whether you will require loan of fly tying tools, waders, and/or fly rod and reel..  
For more information / register contact:

Capt. Ray Stachelek castaflycharters@cox.net USFWS Volunteer 
Dave Pollack dpollipo@cox.net USFWS Volunteer