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 2014
The Otselic Valley Fishing & Heritage Association (OVF&HA), in
partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental
Conservation, hosted the sixth annual Fishing Heritage Day on May 17.
The main event took place at both the State Fish Hatchery and the
Otselic Town Park in South Otselic, NY. Three sets of musicians
performed throughout the day in the Town Park. Also, from 12pm-3pm the
Zoomobile from Ross Park Zoo in Binghamton featured a selection of live
animals by the Town Hall. The U.S. Postal Service introduced the 2014
special stamp cancellation, with a design by local artist Betsy Jensen.
As in previous years, there were several non-profit organizations along
with various arts, crafts and antiques for sale in the Town Park, while
food and drink offerings were provided by local nonprofit
organizations. Nearby, at Gladding Braided Products, one of their
vintage braiding machines was demonstrated, while down the street at the
Otselic Valley Grange, guest author John Taibi, presented a 1-hour
program entitled Rails, Rods, Reels and Creels,
illustrating the association between railroading and the region's rivers
and lakes. Once again, the Grange hosted a successful BBQ luncheon and
their community-wide garage sales. In addition to the trout fishing
clinics, and tours of the hatchery facilities, fishing educator Mike
Riordan of Central Square, NY presented several program activities aimed
at helping young anglers and their parents learn the basics of fishing,
while Gary Romanic taught the art of fly casting next to the hatchery
facility. Other attractions included an open house at the South Otselic
Fire Department, including a K-9 unit, Amigo Search & Rescue, 095 and
the State Rollover demonstration. In the center of the hamlet at the
Otselic Valley Garage, several vintage farm tractors were displayed.
This marked the sixth year that Fishing Heritage Day has provided an
opportunity for hundreds of families to enjoy the heritage of South
Otselic's tie to the sport fishing industry.
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.