A unique public program that will illustrate Gifford Pinchot’s enthusiasm for fly fishing is planned for May 7 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Pinchot’s former home, Grey Towers National Historic Site, Milford, Pike County.
Many know of Pinchot as the eminent conservation thinker of the early 20th century; his vision helped introduce scientific forestry to America and he served as first chief of the U.S. Forest Service. But where did he gain his inspiration? How did he shape his vision?
By fly fishing right here in the healthy waters of Pike County!
The May 7 program, appropriate for ages 8 through adult, will be a blend of historic perspective and today’s modern sport. It will include some lectures, an interesting exhibit, films and a fly fishing demo on the lawn of Grey Towers, the same place where Gifford and his friends and family practiced their casting.
The lectures will include an historical perspective of fly fishing and visitors can see some of Gifford’s fly fishing equipment, including the newly renovated canoe that he loved to fish from.
Local fly fishing instructor/guide and wildlife photographer Nancy Hopping will lead the casting demonstrations, beginning at 11 a.m.
The program is rain or shine and free of charge. Registration is required; when you sign up let us know if you are bringing or need to borrow equipment for the demonstration. It is sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service and the Grey Towers Heritage Association, with support from Cabela’s.For more information and to register, please call 570-296-9625 or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.