It’s been a harbinger of spring for nearly a quarter of a century: Ithaca Fishing Day will be held this year on Saturday, March 26. This classic event has no doubt kept fly fishing alive and well in the Finger Lakes region. And it truly recognizes the contributions of many famous local anglers and continues the legacy of TU chapter namesake, Leon Chandler, by giving back to the community in a number of ways. As posted here before, Leon Chandler was one of the giants of fly fishing – a man considered an ambassador of the sport to the world. Leon Chandler also had deep ties to the area in his 5 decades of service with another giant in fly fishing, the Cortland Line Company.
Ithaca Fishing Day is a one-of-a-kind event that invites the entire community to experience a day of educational opportunities focusing on fishing and environmental conservation. Free to the public, all proceeds from Ithaca Fishing Day benefit the youth-related environmental education activities of the Leon Chandler Chapter of Trout Unlimited, including the ‘Trout in the Classroom’ program that is currently in local elementary, middle and high schools. The event is being held from 9 am to 4 pm at the Boynton Middle School Cafeteria in Ithaca.
As in the past, there will be a boatload of activities going on throughout the day. Fly casting lessons will offered from 10 am to 2 pm, continuously. Lessons on fly tying will be conducted with local fly tyers demonstrating patterns in “Tyer’s Row”. There will also be no shortage of educational displays set up including fish tanks with aquatic insects. Confirmed exhibitors include: Community Science Institute, Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom, Trout in the Classroom, Cayuga Lake Watershed Network and the Twin Tiers Five Rivers Chapter of the FFF. The Cayuga Nature Center and the Izaak Walton League of America – Cortland Chapter may also be joining the event as exhibitors.
Local and regional fishing retailers will be present with a wide variety of their goods on hand for sale. Vendors include: Badger Creek Fly Fishing, D&D Bait and Tackle, JW Trout, Mad River Fly Fishing, and Marco Vintage Tackle. Representatives from both The Cortland Line Company and Diamondback Rods will also be on hand.
Use Ithaca Fishing Day as a gateway to the opening day of fishing. Ithaca Fishing Day is one of those classic events, deep in tradition, that is considered by many to be a true ritual of spring. So take time and make the short drive to Ithaca on March 26th. And be sure to take a kid or friend along and start their own tradition.