Welcome to the Rhode Island School of Fly Fishing (RISFF). Our company is brand new having been formed in August, 2015. 

Beginning in 2016 RISFF will be providing a full array of fly fishing, fly casting and fly tying instruction services, along with professional and licensed fresh and saltwater guide services. Our training venues will be held at Addieville East Farms in Mapleville, RI and Bass Pro Shop in Foxboro, MA.

The school is owned and operated by, Jim Barr and Bob Hines (both U.S. Coast Guard Captains). We provide individual and group instruction for beginner, intermediate and advanced fly anglers, and those who have never fly fished but who are interested in learning the sport. We provide a full range of classroom and field training in fly fishing, fly casting and fly tying in fresh and saltwater environments. 

We are based in Newport, Smithfield, RI and deliver our services in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. On staff is one International Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Fly Casting Instructor. We have extensive fly fishing experience in North, Central and South America and in other parts of the world. Jim and Bob are both officially retired from business.

To our knowledge there is no other fly fishing school in the country (independent or owned by fly fishing retailers) that offers the depth of fishing experience, training program diversity, attention to detail and instructor experience than what is provided at the Rhode Island School of Fly Fishing. Our programs are fully packed with valuable information with no "filler". We deliver powerful training programs at very reasonable prices that provide a very strong value proposition for our customers.


Casting Instruction- Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced classes. On staff is an IFFF Certified Fly Casting Instructor

Fly Fishing Instruction- Fresh and Saltwater, Multiple Species, Classroom & On the Water, Tactics, Equipment, Entomology, Knots and much more

Fly Tying Instruction- Fresh and Saltwater patterns, Professional and Very experienced tying instructors, fly pattern designers

Presentations- Extensive inventory of topics for seminars on a full range of fresh and saltwater fly fishing venues

Consulting- equipment, destinations and guides


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