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, 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.

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