By Joseph Fischer

Posted on Jan 8, 2024

It is now 2024 and I would like to tell our readers with young children why they should put attending one the Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s (ECFSC) annual fishing clinics at Tifft Nature preserve and Chestnut Ridge Park in June. ECFSC members also assist at many other club fishing clinics when requested. The ECFSC clinics are unlike many fishing clinics which quite often amount to giving a child a fishing pole and letting them fish in a nearby body of water and walking around and helping them fish.

When you check into an ECFSC clinic the child is given a punch card. These punch cards have words like “casting” or “where to fish” written on them These are the various learning stations the child and his parent or guardian must go through before they fish. These cards are punched as the child goes through these learning stations. These stations are manned by fishing experts and many of these experts are members of the New York State Outdoorsman Hall of Fame. When the child finishes the learning stations, he then can obtain fishing equipment or use his own to fish. ECFSC members will be walking the shore and assisting the children in fishing where needed.

When the fishing is completed in one to three hours children will be given prizes based on their age. The ECFSC would like to extend many thanks to our sponsors like Cabela’s, Fraternal Order of Eagles Depew chapter, Erie County and of course many of the clubs and volunteers for their annual donations and help in making these events successful. These are great events, come to one you won’t be disappointed. I wish we had these types of events when I was young back in the depression!!

See you there!!!

Joseph Fischer

1 Comment
  1. Debbie Beltner

    We attended an event at Ellicott Creek Park. It was amazing and my kids loved it. Will you have another event there? I did not see that on the calendar for 2023. We saved the punch cards with the fishing poles, lol. This is a great program and Ellicott Creek is near our neighborhood in W. Amherst.

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