Friday, May 22, 2009

Fishing Season Opens at Silver Creek

The fishing season opens on Silver Creek Preserve tomorrow, May 23, with a free barbeque, a nature walk and of course, world-class fishing.

It also starts the summer season at the preserve, with the visitor center open 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. daily, and free nature walks every Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

Visitors are welcome to the preserve for fly fishing, birding, wildlife viewing, hiking and canoeing. There is no admission fee, but donations are welcome. The Conservancy does require all visitors to sign in at the visitor center (the sign-in sheet is located on the porch).

Silver Creek Preserve includes 950 acres along one of the most famous trout streams in the country. Silver Creek is known for its large trout population and profuse mayfly hatches. Last year, anglers from all 50 states and 15 countries traveled to the preserve to test their skills against the stream’s legendarily wary fish.

The Nature Conservancy welcomes visitors, but asks that anglers and other users be sure to respect private property adjacent to the preserve. Several tributary streams are not on the preserve and are not open to public access.

“Preserve boundaries are clearly marked and our visitors must avoid private property outside the preserve,” says Dayna Gross, Silver Creek Preserve manager. “Adjacent landowners have done a tremendous amount of conservation work on their land that benefits the preserve, the creek’s clean water and all the wildlife in the area. It is really important that our visitors not trespass on these adjacent properties or tributary streams.”

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