Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide in Pawtucket, Rhode Island

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Capt. Rene Letourneau

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide

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164 Evergreen St
Pawtucket, RI 02861

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The Story

Enjoy expert guidance from Capt. Rene Letourneau on your fly-fishing trip to Rhode Island: “Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island is a beautiful place and On The Rocks Charters would love to share a fly-fishing trip with you at Newport or any other place in the Ocean State. Imagine being on the waters off Newport, Rhode Island and fly fishing for stripers in skinny water. Feel the excitement as you're chasing blues in a feeding frenzy. Or perhaps you dream of false albacore or bonito on a fly. Let On the Rocks Charters take you out for a day of fishing you won't forget. We specialize in fly fishing and light tackle fishing Narragansett Bay, Newport, Point Judith, Block Island, Westerly, and Watch Hill in Rhode Island. We cover all inshore areas of Rhode Island and Narragansett Bay.

“Spend a morning or full day with me out on Narragansett Bay and let me show you my favorite places to catch a fish of a lifetime. Equipment is provided and we train those who need it. All fly and spin rods, reels, bait, flies, etc., are included, no need to bring any tackle."

“We fish structure, and Rhode Island waters have plenty of it. There are rocks everywhere you go. The Narragansett Bay shoreline is loaded with them, as well as Watch Hill reef, and Block Island—everywhere. Bass love to use this structure as an ambush point to hide out waiting for something tasty to come tumbling by. There's nothing like pulling a nice striper out of the rocks down near Castle Hill in Newport, RI!"

On The Rocks guides for children, beginners, families, and vacationers in Rhode Island. So if you're vacationing in Rhode Island or at Newport, don't pass up the opportunity to enjoy one of the state's best recreational activities. From Watch Hill to the Providence River, we fish the entire RI coast. If you're coming into Newport on a cruise ship, we can pick you up where the boat drops you off and get you back in time to sail. Rhode Island is a great place to fish, so let us guide you on your next outing. Check out our fishing pictures page—it is updated periodically throughout the year. Also, check our rates page for any specials that may be going on.


Season starts in May and we fish until November.

Stripers enter the state in May and migrate south in late fall.

Bluefish can be abundant most of the season.

Fall brings false albacore and Atlantic green bonito. Weather and water temp can be a factor.


Stripers, blue fish, false albacore, and bonito.


Narragansett Bay's rocky shoreline offers many ambush points for the stripers to hold, waiting for the dinner bell. They are opportunistic feeders and they never miss the chance for an easy meal. During this time, with warming water temps, they feed around the clock. Narragansett Bay often explodes with feeding fish on the surface, within easy casting distance of a fly fishing fanatic. The experienced fly fisherman can usually find stripers chasing schools of bait, or holding on structure throughout the day. Schoolies are abundant on Narragansett Bay feeding on Silver sides, Cinder Worms, and Grass Shrimp. As spring draws to and end, the warmer days of summer move the stripers to deeper water by day, feeding early morning and evenings. Then the bluefish arrive. The feeding frenzy begins. Bluefish up to 10 lbs. take over Narragansett Bay. This is a great time for light tackle enthusiast. There is nothing sweeter than the sound of a singing drag, HOLD ON. For those who want to target stripers, Newport's many reefs and rocky shorelines with deeper cooler water, presents the opportunity for the light tackle enthusiast to land that trophy bass. There are other areas, such as Narragansett County with its rocky shoreline, Point Judith, and Watch Hill, only minutes away. Fly fishing the Watch Hill reefs can be quite an experience.

Summer in Rhode Island offers a variety of species to target with fly rod and light tackle on Narragansett Bay. The best is yet to come—HARD TAILS! Bonito, false albacore, skip jack tuna. For light tackle, these are by far the most challenging. There are no guaranties here. For those who hook up, it brings the experience of a life time. This season starts in mid to late July through late October or early November. The light tackle enthusiast has a chance, on any given day, to catch striper, bluefish and a hard tail species all in one day. All this fishing available in one state: Rhode Island.

Fall in Rhode Island is my favorite time of the year for fly fishing. However, it is not a good time to be a bait fish in Rhode Island. Acres and acres of small bay anchovies, being schooled up, ready for slaughter. Big, fat, hungry bass slurp around the surface on Narragansett Bay. False albacore slashing through the middle of acres of anchovies.
You have to see it to believe it!

Let me show you my favorite places. Come to Rhode Island for a fishing trip. You'll be glad you did.
I am a Narragansett Bay Fly Fishing and Light Tackle Charter Specialist.

Typical Weather:

Spring can be cool, temp 50-70 degrees F. Light jacket and sweat shirt.

Summer, can be hot and humid, 70-90 degrees. In early morning, a light jacket might be needed.

Fall, bring layers for cold mornings warming as the day progresses.


Rates start from:
$475./half day
$550./full day You can find all pricing information at: https://ontherockschareters.com/rates

What is Provided:

I will supply all tackle and flies, Orvis rods with Mirage reels and Hyrdos SL IV.
Please tell me if you prefer right-hand retrieve fly reel.
Custom spinning rods and shimano reels.
Please feel free to bring your favorite tackle.

Gear Recommendations:

8 and 9 wt. fly rods are best.
Sinking line is my preference.
Large arbor reel with a good drag.
We fish in water from 5 ft.-20 ft. most of the time.

What to Bring (Additional):

Please wear soft-soled shoes (sneakers or boat shoes).

  • Hat
  • Sunglasses (eye wear should be worn)
  • Sunscreen

I will have a camera and do take pictures which I will send to you, but feel free to bring your own camera.


I fish from a 21 ft., center console, open boat. Storage is limited, please travel light.
Most days we never fish more than a mile from shore.
I will have a cooler to keep items cold. Please leave your cooler at home.
I am a conservationist but you can take fish home, if you wish.

Additional Activities:

Newport offers many options for the non-angler in your family. Ocean Drive cliff walk, Brenton State park, and the Newport mansions are a major tourist attractions.
Newport restaurants won't disappoint, and are known for the fresh sea food with lots of good options for happy hour and nightlife.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic day on the water with Capt. Rene My partner & I had a terrific day fishing southern RI waters for bass yesterday. We landed 65 Stripers in beautiful weather. Capt. Rene is the best.
Date published: 2020-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Trip with Capt. Rene! I went out with Capt. Rene a few weeks ago and had an incredible time. He was knowledgeable and a great guy to spend a few hours with. He was patient with my fly casting and provided some great tips as well. We caught some very nice stripers and although the albies eluded us, he put me in great positions to catch them but we just couldn't get them to take a fly despite his great work. I would also like to acknowledge that we were scheduled to go out a few weeks earlier than we actually did but when I spoke to Capt. Rene, he recommended we push back our booking because of the weather and fishing conditions. I appreciated his honesty - he could have easily taken me out for a sub-par day but he told me what his honest opinion was and that was enough for me. I would highly recommend Capt. Rene and look forward to booking with him again.
Date published: 2020-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I wish all guides worked this hard! Cpt. Rene took me for my first salt water fly trip and showed me a great time on the water - the fishing was hard but with his effort and about 40 miles on the motor we had some nice action! You will NOT be disappointed.
Date published: 2020-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent saltwater fishing guide Rene Letourneau is an excellent saltwater fishing guide. I have been fly-fishing for 30 years both fresh and salt water and he is the best I have been lucky enough to fish with. Rene is excellent at reading your ability and skill level, and makes sure everything works for you. I look forward to my next trip with him very much.
Date published: 2020-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a morning!!! Rene recognized we were serious fishermen and delivered a fantastic trip. The morning started out with pea soup fog and Rene assured we got around safely. As mostly freshwater fishermen, Rene helped make minor adjustments in our casting strokes and were on the fish early and often. No sign of the albies after the storm, but caught stripers and some small blues. Rene worked hard to find us birds, bait and structure and made the day productive.
Date published: 2020-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome day with a great captain!! My son and I had an opportunity to fish with captain Rene in some less than perfect conditions. Captain Rene was up for the task and even with the conditions put us on some fish. That being important his honesty knowledge, sense to detail was just as important. My son caught 3 Bonita or false albacore and a striped sea bass, I was able to get 2 stripped sea bass and a Bonita. His honesty not like other guides that are just in it for the money, Captain Rene saw the weather and conditions were changing to be even less favorable and turned the trip from a full day to less and only charged us for a half day. He gave get tips and we used his hand tied flies which I’m sure was the secret sauce that turn on the fish. I would recommend captain Rene for the novice to the experienced. He was patient and had a great sense of humor, well prepared and knows the waters. Thanks for the hard work and making it happen in a Beautiful place. }•••)*< ~
Date published: 2020-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Guide. We were out on one of the days when the Albies were laying low and hard to locate. Nonetheless, Rene found a few players. Even if that didn't happen, it was still a great day all because Rene is a gentleman, super knowledgeable, and its all-around pleasure to be on his boat. This is exactly what makes a guide great - whether or not the fishing is good, great, so-so, or just off that day, he still makes it a great day and you always come back with your fishing IQ raised up a few points.
Date published: 2020-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ace Up My Sleeve I've been fishing with Captain Rene for over a decade - usually twice a year. Typically, before I make my reservation, I plan the days I want to book according to the tides and the moon. This particular trip, I just chose two days at random, without "doing my homework". Although the tides and winds (out of the North at 10-15 mph) seemed like I was going to dealt a bad hand, I realized I had an ace up my sleeve - Captain Rene. I shouldn't have worried. He knows his business and he knows the waters. After a few casts, the fish were on. My arm was burning with over 20 fish caught. Then, to changes things up a bit, I told the Captain I wanted to try to find tuna. He listened to me and what I wanted and tried his best (although to no avail this time). We then turned around and he put me right back on the fish. Not only is he a great guide, he's also fun to be around. I highly recommend Captain Rene to anyone who wants to catch fish and have a good time on the water.
Date published: 2020-09-03
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