The Jim Gariepy Memorial Fly Fishing Tournament was a big success. Held over the weekend of June 2 & 3, 2018, we had 23 participants. The weather was beautiful – almost to good for the fishing. Everyone had a great time with great food and pleasant company.
The first place overall champ was young Jacob Gilbert, who also took first in the Junior Single Fly category. In the Competitive Angling event, Eddie Esposito took the honors with Nikos Marmaras in second place. The Senior Single Fly medal was awarded to Richard Quinn, who accomplished this feat at the ripe age of 79.
Co-Coordinator Horace Taft Ferguson cooked breakfast on the opening day of the tournament, and that was a big hit.
Volunteers who generously devoted many hours to the event included:
- Randy Prostak
- William Obear
- Tomas Black
- Sheila Kelliher
- Dan Sachs
- Jason Hooper
- Kevin Kaminski
- Sean Bresnihan
Thanks to sponsors who donated prizes for the raffle:
- OverWatch Outpost
- Swift River Fly Fishing (Rick Tofier)
- The Deerfield Fly Shop
- Berkshire Brewing Company (Sheila Kelliher)
- Pheasant Tail Tours (Brian Lynch)
- Walt Geryk, The Spey Doctor
- Fish Tale Fabricators (Eric Halloran)
- Costa Sunglasses
Thanks to Margie Carlson and the other members of Pepe’s family for being there and special thanks to Margie for for helping with the raffle.
And, of course, thanks to Jim ‘Pepe’ Gariepy for leading our chapter, organizing this event in the past, and inspiring many of us to live life passionately and fully.