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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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The Rhode Island Cinder Worm Hatch
 Lasts a full 6 Weeks- May ~ June
 Daily Event
 Afternoon ~ Evening fishery
 4 Salt Ponds
 Shallow Water- Small Water
 No Wind- No Waves
 Low Fishing Pressure
 Ease of Access
 Sight Fishing
 Short Casts- Floating Fly Patterns
 Stripers from 12” to 40” plus
 Top Water Takes

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For additional information go to the "Worm Hatch" page on this website
Are you aspiring to be a new or better Two-Hand Fly Caster, either with a Spey or Switch rod? Under the auspices of the Rhode Island School of Fly Fishing (www.RISchoolofFlyFishing.com), we will be holding a five-hour fundamentals casting clinic for two-handed rods. The clinic will be held on water near the end of April in Rhode Island. The clinic will be limited to ten students, and tuition will be $200 which will include lunch. 

The instructors include Capt. Jim Barr (Fly Fishers International Certified Casting Instructor) and owner/operator of Skinny Water Charters, Capt. Bob Hines of Fly Fish RI, John Bilotta (Fly Fishers International Master Casting Instructor & Certified Two-Hand Casting Instructor), and Craig Buckbee (Fly Fishers International Master Casting Instructor). 

More information visit:

Two Handed Casting Clinic
April 2018- Rhode Island
Craig Buckbee
John Bilotta
Capt. Bob Hines
Capt. Jim Barr