Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Father’s Day Fishing Derbies

Adirondack Fishing DerbyThere are plenty of ways to celebrate the father in our lives. Once my children were old enough to make their own decisions they decided not to take the traditional route of gifting a necktie. They give their father what he wants most, time with his children.

This year Father’s Day also falls on my husband’s birthday so he’s expecting his kids to pull out all the stops. I’m not sure they can make everything on his wish list come true, but they are doing their best.

Fishing is one activity that both my children have learned from their father. For fathers in the Long Lake, Saranac Lake area and Lake Champlain a fishing derby may be just the thing to add a bit of competition to the morning and keep the afternoon free for a BBQ, a hike, and eating blueberry pie. (Repetition is the key to maintaining focus on the wish list.)

The Long Lake Fish and Game Club is hosting the annual fishing derby on the shores of Raquette Lake on Saturday, June 20. The Junior Members Fishing Derby is open to everyone. Registration is free with the event open from 9 am – 3 pm with prizes in various classes and free hotdogs, snacks and drinks provided.

The Saranac Lake Fish and Game Club holds their annual fishing derby on Father’s Day with numerous opportunities for children to win gift certificates to Blue Line Sports in one of five categories: bass, perch, trout/salmon, sunfish or bullhead. The event is open to all children under 16-years-old who do not require a fishing license. There are door prizes and free hotdogs.

The Lake Champlain International Father’s Day Fishing Derby, June 20-22, is a different type of event with a registration fee and big prize money to the winner. Online registration is closed, but there are retail registration stations all along both shores of Lake Champlain. Anglers have the opportunities to win a boat, cash prizes as well raffles during the three-day affair.

If the father in your life has been given a few neckties for questionable office wear, than the annual Old Forge Frog Jumping Contest is the place to test the waters. You many think your father owns the most outrageous tie, but unless it’s covered in glitter and lights up, it may have met its match.

This event also pits frog against frog in a series of categories like weight, speed and longest jump. Annually over 30 frogs compete on Father’s Day at the Old Forge Lakefront at noon. Don’t worry all frogs are respectively handled and released back to their natural habitat.

Those are just a few ideas to make the father, grandfather or caregiver in your life feel special. Happy Father’s Day!

Photo used with the permission of Diane Chase, AdirondackFamilyTime.com

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Diane Chase

Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.

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