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Skinny Water Charters
Rhode  Island's Premier 
Shallow Water Fly-Fishing Guide Service

Capt. Jim Barr
Newport, RI
401.465.8751
JamesBarrRI@gmail.com
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  • I am Captain Jim Barr and I live in Newport, Rhode Island. Skinny Water Charters is based here. I am a full time salt and freshwater guide having retired from the risk management business.

  • I am a U.S. Coast Guard OUPV Captain, trained in First Aid and CPR, fully insured and licensed.

  • I trailer my boats in order to minimize running time to our seasonally changing productive waters. The primary launch sites are Ft. Adams/ Newport;  Pt. Judith/Narragansett; Ninigret Pond/Charlestown; Barn Island/ Stonington, CT; and the Westport River, MA.

  • I am the only guide service based in Newport and southern Rhode Island that specializes in fly-fishing the “shallower and shallowest” waters of Coastal Rhode Island, Fishers Island, NY, Southeastern Massachusetts and Southeastern Connecticut. For all my charters in the Newport area waters I launch my vessel at the Ft. Adams Boat Ramp in Newport. For charters in the RI Salt Ponds I launch at either the Pt. Judith ramp in Galilee, RI or from Lavin's Landing Marina in Charlestown, RI. For charters in Little Narragansett Bay and the Watch Hill Reefs and Fishers Island, NY, I launch from the Barn Island boat ramp located in the Barn Island Conservation area in Stonington, CT. Directions to any of these ramps are available by using Google Maps.

  • My focus is fishing near shore reefs, bays, salt ponds, estuaries, salt rivers, rocky coast lines, sandbars, shallow water flats, and wave worn islands.

  • I provide my clients with top of the line Sage, Redington, White River and Orvis fly rods and reels and RIO Products fly lines, leaders and tippet material.  For light tackle anglers I  provide high quality spinning equipment- Off Shore Angler rods paired with precision reels from Shimano (Saragosa) and Quantum (Cabo PTs and Smoke PTs Inshore). I personally tie all the fly patterns and the plastic and hard baits are top of the line products from Offshore Anglers and Hogy Lure Company.   I don't fish with bait.

  • I target Striped Bass, Bluefish, False Albacore and Bonito. Occasionally School Blue Fin Tuna are included in our targeted species when they make appearances in our near shore waters.

  • My primary vessel is the Mako 2201 Inshore Bay Boat paired with a 150 hp Yamaha 4-Stroke. My secondary vessel is a Lund 16 SSV powered by a 25 hp Yamaha 4-Stroke for fishing extremely shallow salt and fresh waters and difficult to access salt ponds. The Mako is the perfect platform for the waters I specialize in fishing. It draws very little water, is spacious, stable, extremely maneuverable, quiet and very quick. For stealthy approaches it is equipped with a remote-controlled bow mounted Minn Kota 101 lb. trolling motor, and the remote controlled Minn Kota Talon shallow water anchor system that together create a fishing platform that allows for extreme stealth and fishing shallow waters and tight to structure.

  • Guiding anglers in fresh cold and warm water for Trout, Largemouth Bass and Northern Pike and in saltwater for Stripers, Bluefish, False Albacore and Bonito.

  • Certified Fly Casting Instructor- International Federation of Fly Fishers.

  • Fly fishing lessons offered in fresh and salt water- wading and boat access.

  • Fresh and Saltwater fly tying lessons- group and private.

  • Presentations to fishing clubs and retail.
Skinny Water Charters  specializes in shallow water technical fly-fishing. We are strictly Catch & Release for all Striped Bass...doing our part to protect this endangered fishery.
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The Rhode Island School of Fly Fishing will be at the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers (RISAA), New England Saltwater Fishing Show (www.nesaltwatershow.com) coming to the Rhode Island Convention Center (Providence) February 26,27 and 28.  Aside from staffing our booth ( #1130), and talking to show attendees about the fly fishing related schools and services we will be conducting a host of presentations and demonstrations. 

Friday
 1:30- Saltwater Fly Casting for Beginners- Capt. Bob Hines (Casting Lane)
 3:30- Fishing the Rhode Island Cinder Worm Hatch-Capt. Jim Barr and Capt. Bob Hines (Seminar room)
 4:30- Advanced Saltwater Fly Casting- Capt. Jim Barr (Casting Lane)
 6:30- False Albacore By Land and By Sea- Capt. Bob Hines and Capt. Jim Barr (Seminar Room)

Saturday
 11:30- Advanced Saltwater Fly Casting- Capt. Jim Barr (Casting Lane)
 12:30- Fishing the Rhode Island Cinder Worm Hatch- Capt. Jim Barr and Capt. Bob Hines (Seminar Room)
 2:30- False Albacore By Land and By Sea- Capt. Bob Hines and Capt. Jim Barr (Seminar Room)
 3:30- Saltwater Fly Casting for Beginners- Capt. Bob Hines (Casting Lane)
 5:30- Fishing the Rhode Island Cinder Worm Hatch- Capt. Jim Barr and Capt. Bob Hines (Seminar Room)

 Sunday
 10:30- False Albacore By Land and By Sea- Capt. Bob Hines and Capt. Jim Barr (Seminar Room)
 11:30- Advanced Saltwater Fly Casting- Capt. Jim Barr (Casting Lane)
 12:30- Fishing the Rhode Island Cinder Worm Hatch- Capt. Jim Barr and Capt. Bob Hines (Seminar Room)
 2:30- Fishing the Rhode Island Cinder Worm Hatch- Capt. Jim Barr and Capt. Bob Hines (Seminar Room)

Select near-shore and Narragansett Bay buoy water temperature comparisons. Comparing today's water temps to March dates in 2013-2015. These are simply points in time, and not trend- but having ocean water temperatures in January that on average are the same or even a bit warmer than March temperatures for the last three years might suggest an early arrival of striped bass. Comparisons to continue.

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