Welcome to the Otselic Valley Fishing & Heritage Association site!

About Us

What We Do

Our Mission

The Otselic Valley Fishing & Heritage Association (OVF&HA) is a 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 region’s 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.
Join Us! We welcome you to join this local non-profit organization that 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. 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 Volunteer" 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's mission-supported programs continue to expand, it is hoped that increased public awareness and understanding of the unique natural and cultural heritage found within the scenic Otselic River Valley, will result in a more comprehensive appreciation of the value these resources provided for those who lived here in the past and will hold for those who live and visit here today and in the future.

Evening Grosbeak photo by local photographer Michael Foor-Pessin.

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