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

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164 Evergreen St
Pawtucket, RI 02861

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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.

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.


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:
$525/half day
$650/full day
You can find all pricing information at: https://ontherockscharters.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.

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.

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