By Leon Archer
Sometimes there are marvelously interesting attractions right in one’s back yard that have simply escaped being noticed by those who would find them interesting and educational.
I would place the International Fishing Museum in Pulaski in that category. I suspect there are many of my regular readers who have never heard about the museum.
I would like to take this opportunity to enlighten you and offer an invitation for you to visit the museum this coming Saturday, July 12.
The museum is located at 3044 State Route 13 in Pulaski. Admission is free, and Saturday July 12 will be a great day to be there.
They will be running a special program from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. with displays and activities for all ages. Among other things, visitors will have the opportunity to tour the museum, fish in the museum’s pond, and hear a very informative presentation on the history of fishing line by Tom Kanalley, a retired 30-year employee of the Cortland Line Co.
I understand they will be doing basic and advanced fishing seminars, great for beginners and for long time anglers as well. No one is ever too young to start learning to fish or too old to learn new tricks, or old ones they might have missed along the way.
During the day, experts will be demonstrating the art of fishing with fly rods and flies, and giving instructions to anyone who would like to try their hand at it.
Some of the things one will see in the museum itself are rods, reels, lines, and lures of many different types. The world’s largest collection of fishing artifacts produced by the Gladding Co. and a number of their subsidiary companies is housed there.
A number of the items are historically significant rods, reels and hooks, some dating as far back as the 1500s. A wide variety of fishing spears are on display as well.
When you tour the museum, you will find mounted fish and impressive works of art decorating the open space on the walls. The art is the work of artists such as Dave Blossom, and one of my favorites, Maynard Reese.
All in all, the museum is a treasure house of stories of fish and fishing in both words and pictures, as well as the actual historical items. If you’ve never been to the museum, give it a look this Saturday.
You won’t be disappointed.