The Otselic Valley Fishing & Heritage Association (OVF&HA) is a new,
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
We welcome you to join, and consider giving a
membership to your favorite anglers to the
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.
FISHING HERITAGE DAY 2015
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
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.