Rhody Fly Rodders: Leading the Way in the Saltwater Fly-Fishing Revolution
By Tom Pero / Wild River Press / November 15, 2021
Once upon a time there was a club
The Rhody Fly Rodders was a loosely knit group of mostly saltwater anglers who tied flies together once a month, held beach cleanups around Narragansett Bay, and welcomed into their informal ranks anyone interested in catching striped bass and bluefish. Few had boats. They cast feather and hair streamers with heavy Fenwick fiberglass or Orvis bamboo rods into the surf crashing into the kelp-slick rocks near the historic and gaudy Newport mansions, some of which these days you can rent for a Gatsbyesque evening for a cool hundred grand.
“50 years of history—congratulations from all saltwater fly rodders. Much of all saltwater entrenched in ‘The Rhodys.’ When the new sport needed guidance to survive, they were there. Now, 50 years later, they are still guiding the sport’s evolution while never forgetting its traditions. They stayed vigilant throughout the years to ensure saltwater fly fishing’s success, with camaraderie, exchanging ideas, and counsel to the industry. For that I say a heartfelt THANK YOU!”
— BOB POPOVICS