|2013 DPC Champs - Jay Modry & Matt Dickstein of Team "Carpe Carpium" (Brian Cadoret Photo)|
| Vermont Fish & Wildlife Commissioner, Pat Berry|
displays his prize for landing the largest Northern Pike
of the Ditch Pickle Classic. Nick Mayer of Escape Studios
generously donated this incredible print for the event
(Brian Cadoret Photo)
Despite the sketchy forecast for the weekend, we were psyched to see just about every registered angler show up for the event. It just goes to show how much the New England fly fishing community looks forward to this event. No severe weather would stop this crew!
|Nice job staying safe Picklers! This bolt hit just near|
Burlington on Saturday (Burlington Free Press Photo)
|Pat Cohen of Team "Two Bass, One Cup" won the Big Pickle|
Pool with this 20" Smallmouth Bass (Brian Cadoret Photo)
|Angler Brian Cadoret hoping for big pot-o-bass at the end of the rainbow after getting pounded by rains most of day #1|
We got off the water by 10am Sunday so we could get to headquarters and start setting up for the BBQ/Awards. After all that we put into preparing for this event, by the time I got to the HQ on Sunday, I proly could have slept standing up I was so beat. But once the field of anglers started showing up and the size of the event hit home, I was buzzing with excitement. To see anglers from all different walks of life pulling in with everything from canoes, kayaks, jon boats, row boats and fancy bass boats was so cool to see. To think we started this thing just a few years ago with only a dozen or so guys and have now grown to 10 times our original size is mind blowing! The reality is that we put so much blood, sweat and tears into making this event happen, but without such great sponsors, volunteers and competitors, the Ditch Pickle Classic could never be.
|Matt Dickstein of 1st Place Team "Carpe Carpium"|
hooked up to a good one (Jay Modry Photo)
I don't know of many fishing tournaments that include a free meal, but all anglers at the Ditch Pickle Classic got fed some great food supplied to us by my amazing friends, John and Laura Gleichenhaus from Applegate Farms! I really need to throw HUGE props to John and Laura Gleichenhaus, Hillary Hare, Roland Tremble, John & Krista Berkheimer and Logan Sena for being the grill masters and making sure the BBQ went off without a hitch!
We've used the Headquarters of the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge as our check-in and awards site since we started this thing, and I can't thank Ken Sturm and his crew at the refuge enough for their hospitality and warm welcome. When we arrived Saturday, Ken had a tent already set up for us outside and it was even his day off! If you get a chance, pay a visit to the refuge and show your support for those that support the DPC.
|The Original DPC logo drawn by Hannah Pants|
Thanks to the rapidly growing list of supporters that give us all of the great prizes for the event. John & Laura at Applegate Farms, Todd Carroll at Rock River Rods, Scott Caras at Cheeky Fly Fishing, Scott Hunter at Vedavoo, Damon Bungard at Jackson Kayak, Matt Wibby at FlyFish Journal, Andrew Stern at Bending Branches, Pat Cohen at RU Superfly, Darren Marcy at VT's Great Outdoors Magazine, Aileen Nishimura at MK Flies, Brian Price & Ken Capsey at Vermont Fly Guys, Justin Sterner at Smith Optics, Mike Kontos at Green Mountain Troutfitters, Tom Zemianik at Orvis, Steve Maeder at Eastern Fly Fishing Magazine, Brian Zinger & Brian Cadoret at Stream & Brook Fly Fishing, Erin Fagan at Mtn Khakis, Jamie Howard at Howard Films, Helen at Howler Bros, Mitch Fusek at Tunaskin, Nick Mayer at Escape Studios, Dawn at The Drake, Kris Nelson at Citizen Cider, Jesse Haller & Steve Atocha at Middlebury Mountaineer, Matt Cain at Vermont Trout Waters, Nicholas Wright at Deer Creek and Lucas McCoy at On The Vise.
Like with anything new we've hit a few bumps along the way, but we couldn't be more pleased with the progress we've made. The truth is we cannot do this without such a great field of dedicated fly anglers that seems to almost double each year.
The Ditch Pickle Classic gets you out on a great fishery with great friends and that's why we do it. Every dime we bring in goes right back into Lake Champlain and the growth of the event.
Thanks to all that participated in the 2013 DPC, we did it again!
See you on the lake in 2014!
The DPC Crew...
|Setting up for check-in on Saturday morning (Chris Lynch Photo)|