It's that special time of year for fly anglers of the Southern Tier. Spring and Opening Day for trout are less than a month away, Old Man Winter seems to be loosening, albeit slowly, his grip on the weather, and the calendar is filling up quickly with all sorts of fly fishing events. Among those events, Ithaca Fishing Day, now in its 22nd year, looms large on the horizon. Scheduled for Saturday, March 15th, this fly fishing classic has brought fly angling and coldwater fisheries conservation education to local residents, courtesy of the Leon Chandler Chapter of Trout Unlimited.
Ithaca Fishing Day is free to the public, but donations are always welcome. The event will be held in the cafeteria of the Boynton Middle School in Ithaca, and the fun will start at 9 a.m., and last until 4 in the afternoon. Besides the opportunity to enjoy the camaraderie of local fly anglers, there will be plenty of time to enjoy a long list of activities throughout the day:
- Fly casting instruction by local casting instructors
- Fly tying instruction by TU and IFFF youth educators
- Fishing, Community Education, and Environmental Exhibits
- Fish tanks with local aquatic insects and coldwater conservation education
In addition to the above events, there will be a number of local and regional fly fishing vendors on hand. One can talk and learn about their products, or even make a purchase. Included among them are the following:
- Badger Creek Fly Fishing
- Cortland line Company
- D&D Baits and Tackle
- Mad River Tackle and Dubbing Company, and more...
Organizations represented at Ithaca Fishing Day, besides the Leon Chandler TU Chapter, include:
- Cayuga Nature Center, Floating Classroom Project
- Twin Tiers Five Rivers Chapter of the Federation of Fly Fishers
- The Izaak Walton League of America
Ithaca Fishing Day is the Leon Chandler TU chapter's main fund-raising event. All proceeds fund the chapter's youth environmental education activities. Anyone can take part in this wonderful event, learn about fly fishing and coldwater conservation, purchase some great fly fishing tackle, and end the day feeling good about contributing to the betterment of area fisheries, angling education, and the future of fly fishing.