Otselic Valley Fishing & Heritage Association

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The Otselic Valley Fishing & Heritage Association (OVF&HA) is a new, nonprofit organization with a stated purpose to:

  • Provide opportunities for persons to learn the history of the region's role in sport fishing and the fishing line industry
  • Develop fishing related skills, including awareness of fishing tackle and equipment, fish species, seasons, locations, and services
  • Promote awareness and support for the regionís natural and historical resources, so as to help improve the quality of life for those who reside within the river valley and to encourage others to learn and appreciate its heritage and recreational resource opportunities

Sign for the Hamlet of South Otselic, New York

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We welcome you to join, and consider giving a membership to your favorite anglers to the Otselic Valley Fishing & Heritage Association.  Membership in this local non-profit organization provides valuable support for the annual Fishing Heritage Day in the hamlet of South Otselic.  This special one-day event calls public attention to the history of recreational fishing and its related industry when the Gladding Fishing Line Co., started in 1816, was the world's largest fishing line manufacturer.  Also, since 1932, the State of New York has operated one of its twelve fish hatcheries in South Otselic.  Click on "Become a Member" and join with others interested in preserving this part of our American heritage, by educating young and old alike to the healthy outdoor world of fishing. 

As the OVF&HA develops and matures, it is hoped that events such as the Fishing Heritage Day and other programs and projects will develop to raise awareness and appreciation for the history, as well as future opportunities within the scenic Otselic River Valley.

Little girl catches big carp - Photo used with permission of Mizrahi Manor Farm


The Otselic Valley Fishing & Heritage Association (OVF&HA), in partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, will be hosting the seventh annual Fishing Heritage Day.  On Saturday, May 16 the main event will take place at both the State Fish Hatchery and the Otselic Town Park in South Otselic, NY.  One of this year's special features include 2 sets of local music performers scheduled in the Town Park.  Also, from 10am-2pm Cindy Page, Wildlife Rehabilitator, will bring an assortment of live birds of prey including owls, hawks, falcons and a vulture. She will share their stories and their natural history during special presentations at 11 am and 1 pm  by the Town Hall.  The U.S. Postal Service will be introducing the 2015 special stamp cancellation, featuring a design by local artist Dan Faulkner.  Envelopes and postcards featuring images of the historic Cox Block will be on sale.   As in previous years, there will be several non-profit organizations, along with various arts, crafts and antiques for sale in the Town Park, while food and drink offerings will be made available by local nonprofit organizations.  

 Nearby, the Gladding Braided Products will be demonstrating one of their vintage braiding machines, and about a block away, the Otselic Valley Grange will again have their beef barbecue luncheon starting at 11 am, and are also the hosts of the annual, community-wide garage sales.

 The trout fishing clinics will be held by NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and Trout Unlimited at one of the hatchery ponds at 9 am and 12:30 pm, while tours of the hatchery facilities will be offered by staff members.  Once again at the South Otselic Fire Department, there will be an open house hosted by the Auxiliary.  In the center of the hamlet at the Otselic Valley Garage, an antique tractor display is being planned.

 During the past six years, Fishing Heritage Day has provided an opportunity for hundreds of family members to enjoy the heritage of this historic community, with its tie to the sport fishing industry.  Plan to join us in this annual celebration. 

For information on how to become a member of the OVF&HA, or to participate as a vendor or sponsor, please see the links on this website or call 315-653-7490.

Otselic River




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