How and where to fish on the Narrow River

By Captain Dave Monti
Posted 1/10/19

How and where to fish on the Narrow River You want to fish or enhance your fishing on Narrow River, Narragansett. You've heard it yields a lot of fish with holdover striped bass much of the year. But where should you fish? Where are the sandbars and

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How and where to fish on the Narrow River


How and where to fish on the Narrow River

You want to fish or enhance your fishing on Narrow River, Narragansett. You’ve heard it yields a lot of fish with holdover striped bass much of the year. But where should you fish? Where are the sandbars and holes where bait and fish hang out?

You are in luck. You can get a bird’s eye view of holes and sandbars on the Narrow River with exceptional drone photography and freeze-frame images from fly fishing and light tackle expert Capt. Ray Stachelek of Cast-a-Fly Charters.

Capt. Stachelek and three other club experts (Keld Olsson, Dave Pollack and Geno Rapa) will conduct a Rhody Fly Rodders seminar on fishing the Narrow River on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 6:30 p.m. at the Riverside Sportsmen’s Association, 1 Mohawk Drive, East Providence. Experts will also review what to fish and when. And, you will have a chance to take a close look inside their tackle boxes.

For information contact Rhody Fly Rodders president Peter Nilsen at or 401.245.7172.

First fly fishing show

The Marlborough Fly Fishing Show, the first show of its type this season in the Northeast, will be held January 18 to 20 at the Royal Plaza Trade Center in Marlborough. The show will feature all-things-fly-fishing – for beginner to seasoned veteran – with seminars, casting demonstrations, fly-tying, destination films, Fly Fishers International (FFI) Learning Center, Fly Fishing Film Festival and the newest tackle and clothing in an already sold-out exhibition hall.

The Royal Plaza Trade Center, 181 Boston Post Road West, Marlborough, will host the annual three day show. Show hours Friday are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Admission is $15 for one day, $25 for two days and $35 for three days. Children under age 5 are free as are Boy and Girl Scouts under 16 in uniform. Children under 12 are $5. Active military with an ID is $10. Parking is free. For class registration or a complete list of Destination Theater presentations, seminars, door prizes, fly tiers and casting demonstrations, visit

National Seminar Series comes to Providence

The 32nd Saltwater Sportsman National Seminar Series will be held Saturday, January 26 at Rhode Island College’s Roberts Hall, 600 Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Providence. The hosts of the seminar will be George Poveromo – of George Poveromo’s World of Saltwater Fishing on NBC Sports and Tom Richardson, noted local authority on fishing the coastal waters of New England and a prominent fishing writer and editor.

The National Seminar Series is the nation’s longest-running and most popular educational course on recreational marine fishing tactics and techniques. The eight city tour is designed to review where to catch saltwater fish within that region, inshore, near shore and offshore. Teams of top local pros and nationally-recognized saltwater angling authorities serve as the faculty.

Local Captains that will headline the Providence seminar is a Who’s Who in the charter fishing industry in Rhode Island. Joining Poveromo and Richardson in Providence will be:

Captain Chris Willi of Block Island Fishworks– Premiere Block Island guide who specializes in light tackle fishing for striped bass, fluke, bluefish, bonito, false albacore, sharks and tuna.

Captain Joe Pagano of Stuff It Charters – Veteran authority with 39 years of experience at catching trophy striped bass, tuna, sharks, sea bass and blackfish off Rhode Island.

Captain B. J. Silvia of Flippin Out Charters – Veteran Portsmouth-based charter captain and industry innovator, tackle inventor and boat set-up experts who is an authority on fishing the waters off Newport, Block Island and in Narragansett Bay.

Captain Jack Sprengel of East Coast Charters – Noted Rhode Island-based authority on fishing for trophy striped bass, plugging and jigging for tuna, and day dropping for swordfish.

Captain Andy Dangelo of Maridee Charters – Galilee-based skipper of the Maridee II and noted expert at catching tuna, sharks, striped bass, fluke and blackfish. Expert national faculty accompanying Poveromo in Providence are listed at

Course offerings include: a variety of ways to catch striped bass including live bait, spinner-and-worm fishing, top water lures; diamond and flutter jigs, chunks and inshore trolling techniques; bluefish on surface lures; how and where to catch winter flounder and fluke; bottom-fishing for inshore table fare (flounder, black sea bass, blackfish); bucktailing for trophy black sea bass; and how to find offshore cod and haddock.

Deep jigging tactics, chumming and chunking for bonito and false albacore; a variety of bluefin tuna tactics including light tackle and artificial lures, cutting edge trolling patterns, how to create and troll deadly offshore teaser systems (dredges included), live-chumming and live-baiting, kite fishing for sharks and tunas, and hand-crank deep drop tactics as well as how to find along nearshore and offshore surface temperature breaks and offshore trolling tactics aboard mid-size boats.

The Seminar Series kicks off at 9:00 a.m. and will conclude by 3 p.m. Tickets are $55 for five hours of instruction, a course textbook, a one-year subscription or extension to Salt Water Sportsman magazine, one Roffer's Ocean Fishing Forecast Analysis as well as a number of sponsor gifts and coupons, and chances to win thousands of dollars of door prizes. The Grand Prize at the conclusion of the Providence seminar is a Florida Keys fishing trip with a Super Grand Prize, to be awarded two weeks after the conclusion of the 2019 series, is a new Mako Pro Skiff 17 cc.

Register online for the Providence seminar at or call 800.448.7360. Rhode Island Boat Show committed to expand

Hats off to Russ and Debbie Wood of Wood Boat & Motor of Warwick for taking on the task of organizing a Rhode Island boat show this year. Without their efforts we would not have had one in Rhode Island this winter.

Debbie Wood, show organizer said, “Our aim is to build on the Show’s success and make it a bit larger next year. We are focusing on boats, boating gear and supplies and trying to leave out the cookware.”

Here’s what a few of the exhibitors had to say about the new Rhode Island Boat Show:

Matt Bosgraaf, manager of the Kayak Centre in Wickford, who displayied a number of kayaks, paddle boards and gear said, “It was a successful show for us with a number of folks signing up for our spring demo days to try out our boats. These shows are funny, it will be mid-summer and someone will walk in and buy a kayak and say they saw us at the Rhode Island Boat Show in Providence.” Visit

Ramsey Chason, new Rhode Island SeaTow franchise manger (who owns SeaTow franchises on the Cape and Islands) said, “We are committed to enhance our fleet in Rhode Island. With boats like this 28’ Zodiac tow boat (on display at the show). This renewed commitment to Rhode Island has been well received.” Russ Wood, show organizer said, “On Saturday SeaTow had already sold more than they had at last year’s show.” Visit .

Capt. Hal Records of Wickford was at the show introducing a new product… Pivyt Post which provides a new way to launch and haul boats on and off trailers in an easy, safe and dry way. Capt. Records said, “This is the first show we have ever attended. Our patent for Pivyt Post was just granted last month. We have sold product at the show and just as import introduced the Rode Island boating community to our exciting new product.” Pivyt Post is a gravity powered positioning mast that places the winch hook where and when it is needed to make launching and hauling boats easier. Visit . Captain Dave Monti has been fishing and shell fishing for over 40 years. He holds a captain’s master license and a charter fishing license. He is a RISAA board member, a member of the RI Party & Charter Boat Association and a member of the RI Marine Fisheries Council. . Contact or forward fishing news and photos to Capt. Dave at or visit his website at #


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