LOTAC Sponsors Fly Fishing Expert at SR Hatchery

ALTMAR, NY –  The Lake Ontario Tributary Anglers Council (LOTAC) will kick off National Hunting and Fishing Day activities at the Salmon River Fish Hatchery with a fishing seminar Friday evening September 21 entitled “King Salmon: Outside the Box.”

Loren Williams, owner of Fly Guy’s Guide Service, will speak at 7 p.m. in the fish hatchery auditorium at 2133 county Route 22 in Altmar.

“Loren’s 35 years of fly fishing experience, of which over 20 years have been spent on Lake Ontario tributaries, will provide an evening of his personal perspective and experiences fly fishing for Pacific salmon,” said Fran Verdoliva, Salmon River Program Coordinator for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. “Loren is a member of the Fly Fishing Team USA and was a former captain of the US Youth Fly Fishing Team that competes in international fly fishing competitions. He is an excellent caster including traditional fly casting, Skagit, and Spey casting and is well known for his skills as an innovative fly tier.”

The evening will begin with a meet and greet social hour starting at 6 p.m. The seminar will begin at 7 p.m. The auditorium seating capacity is 75 so advanced registration is requested by calling the number listed below.

A full day of children’s activities, fishing seminars and outdoor programs are planned for the hatchery open house on National Hunting and Fishing Day, Sept. 22.

The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. There is no admission charge.

Visitors can tour the hatchery with DEC staff, watch fish swim up the fish ladder through an underwater camera, learn about fishing for Pacific salmon, and learn about rare and endangered fish. There are several activities for children.

Tours of the Salmon River Hatchery will be given every half hour starting at 10:30 a.m.

“This is the one opportunity during the year where the public is able to access the working parts of the facility with a more up-close-and-personal tour,” said Verdoliva.

Guests can also visit the 110-foot-high Salmon River Falls, a DEC Unique Area, located four miles from the hatchery.

For more information contact the Salmon River Hatchery at (315) 298-7605.