Outdoors show finds plenty of footage at Oak Orchard River

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 October 2014 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers
CARLTON – Rush Outdoors, a TV series on hunting and fishing, filmed at the Oak Orchard River today on what was a perfect day for footage. Temperatures were in the mid-50s, leaves gently fell from trees, and fishermen were catching big fish left and right.

Tim Andrus of Kent is host of Rush Outdoors, which appears on seven networks in New York, northern Pennsylvania and southern Ontario. Andrus is pictured doing a segment for the show. Brian Kirby is the cameraman.

Kirby and Andrus marveled at the action on the river today. Anglers in one five-minute span landed a steelhead, a brown trout and a Chinook salmon.

Orleans County is a sponsor for the show and a 30-second commercial is featured during shows. The county is also listed on the Rush Outdoors web site (Click here).

Andrus and Kirby were at the Oak today filming an episode for season four of the show. It will air next year. When Rush Outdoors started, Orleans County was one of the first sponsors of the show. Mike Waterhouse, the county’s sportsfishing promotion coordinator, said it has proven a good partnership and helped to raise the profile for the county’s fishery.

“Since I grew up here, I was adamant we needed to promote Orleans County,” Andrus said. “We have such a great fishery here.”

Today’s weather will make for great TV. Andrus and the crew also filmed a show this summer when charter boat captains took Vietnam War veterans out on the lake. The weather that day was horrible, with rain and fog.

Rush Outdoors promotes the Great Outdoors in New York, with a focus on hunting and fishing. Andrus juggles being host of the show with his job as a corrections officer at the Orleans Correctional Facility in Albion.

The show sometimes will leave New York for hunting trips. Andrus last week was in Wyoming for a show on mule deer. He also hosted shows this year in Manitoba and North Dakota.

Carlos Ferley of West Virginia poses with a steelhead he caught today at the Oak Orchard River.