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Capt. Jim Barr
Newport, RI
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  • Skinny Water Charters resides in Newport, Rhode Island 
  • We are a full time guide service fishing fresh and salt waters
  • U.S. Coast Guard Captain- OUPV, First Aid & CPR trained
  • Federal and State Licensed/ Insured
  • Boats are trailered to seasonally productive waters- Newport, Pt.Judith, Potter Pond, Ninigret Pond, Watch Hill Reefs, Fishers Island-NY, Westport- MA
  • Only guide service based in Newport and southern Rhode Island that specializes in fly fishing reefs, bays, salt ponds, estuaries, salt rivers, rocky coast lines, sandbars, shallow water flats, for striped bass, bluefish, false albacore and ocean bonito
  • Top of the line Sage, Redington, White River and Orvis fly rods and reels and RIO Products fly lines, leaders and tippet material 
  • Fly patterns personally tied
  • High quality spinning equipment- Off Shore Angler rods, Shimano Saragosa and Quantum Cabo PTs and Smoke PTs reels
  • Vessels
        *   Mako 2201 Inshore Bay Boat with 150 hp Yamaha 4-Stroke engine/             remote-controlled bow mounted Minn Kota 101 lb. trolling motor/             remote-controlled Minn Kota Talon shallow water anchor system 
            Garmin  GPSMap 741sx down & sidescan chartplotter/ Bow leaning post

        *   Lund 16 SSV with 25 hp Yamaha 4-Stroke/ Minn Kota 55 lb trolling             motor/ Garmin EchoMap53DV chartplotter

        *   Heritage Redfish sit-on-top kayaks 
  • Boat and wade guiding services in cold and warm freshwater for trout, largemouth bass, pickerel and northern pike
  • Certified Fly Casting Instructor- International Federation of Fly Fishers
  • Professional fresh and saltwater fly tying instructor- group/ private lessons
  • Fly fishing presentations to fishing clubs and retail businesses 

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Call soon for good June dates for the sand eel emergence in Newport area waters.

Fish Sand Eel Emergence in Skinny Water!
Mid- June to early July- Newport Harbor/ Area waters
Through the month of June, in Newport Harbor and out to Rose Island there is a superb evening sand eel emergence. Starting about sunset and going into the wee hours of the night we get an amazing top water bite by striped bass feeding on sand eels. We are in very shallow water with my Mako 2201, using 8 weight fly rods and light tackle spinning equipment. This is a very low pressure bite and brings some very large bass close to the boat. I am taking reservations for what amounts to about a 4 hour charter that starts about 7:30 pm. Charter fee for the boat is $350 for two anglers.