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  1. All browns in North America are introduced. They are native to Europe and sometimes called "German Browns." The definition of a "wild" trout is imprecise. If a stocked brown spawns, then you have wild browns. Some browns go out to the ocean and return to their river to spawn, but they don't die like Salmon. They can get very large. Not super common, but you can find them in at least one river on Long Island. Obviously, because they survived the ocean, they are "the smartest." You'll also find large browns that run from lakes to rivers. Same concept. If there are sea-run browns in RI, that would be news to me....but you never know what's in the mind of a fish!
  2. if they were really small, could likely be wild brookies ... which are, in fact, the only native species to North America. Further, they are actually not in the trout family. They are genetically more related to Salmon! Easy to identify since they have white running along the bottom of their fins. You can find lot's of good images online. For purists, catching a tiny wild rookie is more of an accomplishment than big stockers.
  3. If they were Brook Trout, they were probably wild since it is very unusual for states to stock Brookies. Usually, they react pretty well to white/yellow dry flies like a sulphur or cahill if you fishing small creeks and pools. Personally, I've never had much fun on RI streams due to what you already know - the overhang. If you really want to get into this, go to Farmington in CT - world class...but it's a bit of a hike for you says the guy who drives 4 hours roundtrip to fish 2 hours of the evening hatch in the Catskills.
  4. oh, my apologies, I thought you were just starting out. Have fun!
  5. I'm not knowledgeable about RI rivers, but here's some things to consider. First, fly fishing is a very diverse style of fishing and I am of the firm belief that you have to enjoy the journey of learning in order to really get the most out of it. It can be very frustrating for beginners since catching can be far more elusive when you're not chucking bait. I fished for 30 years much the way folks here have already described. Then, I started to get into "Contact Nymphing" which is also called Euro Nymphing and a few others names. It opened an entirely new journey of learning. When you see a trout rising taking bugs on the surface, it's quite intoxicating to then hunt for that fish. However, the fact is, those fish make up maybe 10%-20% of the total fish population that are feeding. The rest are all subsurface feeding on nymphs. I like the math of nymph fishing. Contact Nymphing is a particular technique which once mastered, and it doesn't take long, you'll catch more fish, more often - period. I still dry fly fish occasionally, but I also like catching fish - again, the math says it all. Youtube is your friend ... search for "Contact Nymphing" and "George Daniels" ... you'll discover another world of fly fishing that is highly productive. If you enjoy the journey, you'll love it. ps ... stripers on a fly rod are quite something. But that's a different discussion for another day.
  6. whatever you do, don't go to the Connequot ... it's terrible.
  7. Thanks all for the great suggestions, names and referrals. It’s why I love this board....all for one and one for all!
  8. Sunday, Aug 18th. When I go for stripers in a tidal estuary, my sensibility is to start before dawn - hopefully the tides will work in my favor. I fish when I can, not when I want to. I'll probably bring my 7/8 wt and just wave it at whatever water I find in the area.
  9. $400 - $600 for half a day is steep for me. If that is what the market is bearing, more power to them.
  10. Thanks all for the info! I don’t begrudge them their pricing, but it’s gotten out of my range I am finding! Getting a guide has become a rich man’s game I guess.
  11. Anyone have a suggestion for targeting stripers (first choice would be on the fly) somewhere near Newburyport/Plum Island area of MA? I'm looking to fill a half day while the family is off doing whatever. I'm open to other suggestions for going inland if you have them. thanks!
  12. Anyone have a suggestion for targeting stripers (first choice would be on the fly) somewhere near Newburyport/Plum Island area of MA? I'm looking to fill a half day while the family is off doing whatever. I'm open to other suggestions for going inland if you have them. thanks!
  13. That was helpful.
  14. Do you have a stripping basket? You'll want one to keep line from going all over. Some people make their own. Focus on sink tip lines for now, IMHO. Don't forget to wash your stuff down after every use. Go before sunrise. Looks like a sand eel pattern the tube-like fly which is good and a Deceiver with the dark top. Clouser Minnow is very popular ... search that. Definitely go hang out with Capt Castafly.... I'm sure you'll learn a ton. Get out there!
  15. Ok, you've got your salt rig... you'll want special leaders when blues are around. Depending on the maker, 9wts can be incredibly different, more so, in my opinion, the heavier the rod the differences can be magnified. I have a Hardy that I think was meant to reel in Jaws. The thing is a beast. For salt, you'll want to try to become proficient in the "double- haul " in order to get distance. Better to search than my trying to explain. HJS is correct. Need a bunch more info. In general, you're better off with line that sinks fast... always, even in fresh, way more fish below than top feeding. ... and, get out there!