Free Orvis Buffalo Fly Tying Classes Set
Orvis Buffalo, 4545 Transit Road, Clarence has announced that they will once again be offering free fly tying classes for six consecutive Saturdays starting Jan. 21 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. each day. If you always want to learn to tie your own flies, this is some great start-up instruction by some local experts. All the tools and materials are supplied by Orvis Buffalo, sharing a passion for the outdoors and furthering the growth of the angling community. Space is limited. If you are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity, call the shop at 276-7200 to pre-register. Incidentally, one of the show managers, Adam Schroeder, will be giving a talk on fly fishing at the Niagara Fishing Expo on Saturday.
Pistol License Recertification Set
If your pistol permit was issued before Jan. 15, 2013, you are required under the SAFE Act to complete a recertification process by Jan. 31, 2018. Until now, there was no process in place and there is no specific plan to notify pistol permit license-holders. You will have to remember to do this on your own every five years, according to the New York State Conservation Council. Upon completion of the process, you will be notified with your next due date for recertification. You may submit your information online or you may print out an application and submit it by mail. The website is https://troopers.ny.gov/Firearms/
Lake Erie Fly Fishers Meeting Jan. 19
If you’d like to learn more about fly fishing from an expert, check out the next Lake Erie Chapter of the International Federation of Fly Fishers on Jan. 19 at the American Legion Post No. 735, Legion Drive, West Seneca. As always, they have fly-tying lessons starting up at 6 p.m., the meeting to follow at 7 p.m. This month, a guest from Adventure Bound on the Fly, a fly fishing shop and guiding service out of Ellicottville, will be giving a presentation on fishing and guiding. For more information contact 675-4766. The group will have three seminar presentations at the Niagara Fishing Expo on Saturday, Jan. 21.
Niagara Expo BASS Pro Menendez
Just when you were thinking the Greater Niagara Fishing Expo couldn’t get any better, officials with the show announced that Bassmaster Elite Series Pro Mark Menendez of Padukah, Ky., will be on hand Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 21-22, to share his Great Lakes bass fishing expertise with area anglers attending the event at the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls.
His statistics are impressive. Menendez has fished in 214 Bassmaster tournaments – placing in the money nearly 50 percent of the time. He’s captured first place three times, second place once, third place twice, and placed in the Top 10 and Top 20 22 and 44 times respectively; winning more than $1.25 million in career earnings. The 52-year-old angler is a graduate of Murray State with a degree in Fisheries Biology. He is familiar with the local waters of Western New York and his seminars will be “Great Lakes Power Fishing Tactics” and “Finesse Fishing for Great Lakes Smallmouth.” His presentations will be at noon on Saturday; 10 a.m. on Sunday. Look for him in the Rapid Fishing Solutions booth the rest of the time.