July 7, 2013

Outdoors Briefs: July 7, 2013


---- — Annual Kiss My Bass tournament slated for July 13

CHAZY — The Chazy Rod and Gun Club will be sponsoring its annual Kiss My Bass tournament July 13.

There will be cash prizes (one cash prize per person) for the top five bass by weight (large or small mouth). First place will be worth $150. 

Bass must be taken from Lake Champlain. 

Entry fee is $20 per person, $15 for under 16 and 65 and over. Register at the Weathercock Bar, Route 9, Chazy, or Happy Pike Snack Bar, 562 Lake Shore Drive, next to Monty’s Bay Marina, by July 12. Call 846-7990 or 846-3423 for details.

The tournament is from sunrise to 6 p.m. The weigh station is open 3 to 6 p.m. at the Happy Pike Snack Bar with awards to follow shortly after 6 p.m. 

Fly Fishing Festival set for July 13

KEENE VALLEY — The Mountaineer is excited to host the First Adirondack Fly Fishing Festival on Saturday, July 13.

The festival will give anglers of all abilities the chance to hone their skills and demo new equipment on local waters. Free ECHO rod demos, free casting clinics led by local guide Ken Kalil, and local fly tier demonstrations will take place all day at The Mountaineer from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. No registration is required for the free demos and clinics.

Those looking for more in-depth instruction can register for the all-day Fly Fishing School led by local guide and Federal of Fly Fishers Casting Instructor Stan Oliva. Oliva will cover the basics of equipment, fly selection and fishing knots. Half of the day will be spent in the classroom and half will be spent outside practicing casting techniques, including the overhead cast, false cast and roll cast. Pre-registration is required for the Fly Fishing School. The price for this full day of instruction is $100. More detailed registration information is available at

The festival will cap off with a fly fishing film and reception at the Keene Arts Playhouse, located on Route 73 in Keene (between Stewart’s and Town Hall). There will be a screening of “SOULFISH 2” by Mikey Wier, a Patagonia Fly Fishing Ambassador. Tickets are $10 at the door, with proceeds benefiting the Ausable and Boquet River Associations. Refreshments will be provided. There will also be a raffle of gear provided by sponsors including Patagonia, The Drake, Loon Outdoors, ECHO, Cortland, Ex Officio and Chota.

For more information, contact Vinny McClelland ( or Holly Blanchard (; or The Mountaineer, 1866 Route 73, Keene Valley, NY 12943 (576-2281;

Museum announces Adirondack Fire Tower Exploration Program dates

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Adirondack History Center Museum announces three dates for the Adirondack Fire Tower Exploration Program: July 11, July 25 and August 17.

Join naturalist David Thomas-Train for a full day of activities, or attend any portion of the day. The program begins at 10 a.m. with an orientation at the museum, a viewing of the museum’s fire tower exhibit and a climb up the museum’s fire tower. The morning session examines Adirondack fire tower history using the museum’s new expanded fire tower exhibit.

Following the morning session, interested participants are invited to take a guided hike to the restored fire tower at Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain in the nearby town of Chesterfield. Poke-O-Moonshine hikers will learn about the natural history of Poke-O-Moonshine and its fire tower’s role in protecting the surrounding forest.

Those interested can sign up for the fire tower orientation, the climb or the full day. All are invited to the morning session at 10 a.m. For the climb, hikers should be at least 14 years old and in shape for a sustained steep hike. Please bring food and plenty of water and dress appropriately for hiking. The cost is $15 for the entire day or $5 to attend just the morning session. Reservations are required. Spaces for the hike are limited.

Free sessions to learn about the museum’s fire tower also are available to summer youth groups in July and August. For further information about youth programs, contact the museum.

The Adirondack History Center Museum is located at 7590 Court St., Elizabethtown (873-6466; email