Posted on May 04 2016
A big thank you to Sherri Resti and Dan Plummer; they are the creative force and energy spark behind this huge event. There would be no One Bug without their herculean effort each year putting in months of preparation to make sure every detail is just right. There aren’t enough words of praise at my disposal to adequately thank them for their dedication to this event, our organization, and the river we all love.The Friday night dinner and auction generated a ton of fun and significant support for FUDR’s river protection work. The big tent at Fireman’s Park in Hancock was beautifully decorated in fish art under Dan’s artistic vision and creative design.
One of the many highlights of the evening was the raffle drawing for the Hyde Drift Boat. This was a joint effort between FUDR and the Federation of Fly Fishers-Eastern Waters Council. Thanks to FFF leaders Sam Decker and Demetre Bove and Sherri Resti who spearheaded a successful effort to sell all 500 raffle tickets. Congratulations to Kevin Gableman on winning the boat!
We extend our appreciation for the hard work and long hours put in by Dan’s Hancock based crew. This hardy gang was responsible for erecting the big tent and taking care of all the behind the scenes details that make our event so successful each year. Theresa Allen from the Hancock Liquor Store and her staff were stalwart behind the bar on Friday night making sure the spirits were served in an enjoyable and safe manner. Kudos to Mike Cartechine and his pit crew for the delicious BBQ dinner. Thanks to Milkweed, our locally based band, who provided good tunes all evening and were right in sync with the rhythms of the One Bug. And a big shout out to Dennis Cabarle, our on-site One Bug photographer.
This year’s One Bug was bittersweet with the recent passing of Pete “Doc” Bousum, a long time FUDR Board member and tireless defender of the Upper Delaware River. Pete’s wife Nancy and their son’s Josh and Geoff (and extended family) attended the event and stood by the banks of the river as a mini-drift boat was launched into the East Branch in Pete’s memory. It was not without spiritual significance that Josh had another opportunity to pay homage to his Dad when he came upon the mini drift boat in the East Branch on Sunday while fishing in the One Bug. Pete will be sorely missed and every time we’re in the river, we will take comfort knowing that he is nearby and watching over this magnificent resource that he loved so much.New York Congressman Chris Gibson delivered a fiery keynote speech highlighting his commitment to increased cold water releases and more consistent flows in the Upper Delaware River. Mr. Gibson’s efforts on Capitol Hill are the primary reason our river is on the radar screen at the national level and we are grateful for his involvement which has been so critically important to the economy and environmental quality of our region.
This 2016 One Bug event came with historic circumstances as the 5 Supreme Court Decree parties that manage the river reached an agreement late last week that ensured the water releases from Cannonsville and Pepacton reservoirs were at levels that maintained productive river flows. We relay our heartfelt gratitude to the Upper Delaware River Business and Tail Waters Coalitions who each made formal requests to the Decree Parties for additional water releases during this important weekend event that contributes so much to the people, business owners, and communities of this region.
On Saturday and Sunday, 23 boats and 46 competitors floated the river under the watchful eyes of our expert guides plying the river with just a single fly pattern hoping they made the right choice in pursuit of the biggest and most fish. Despite some challenging weather conditions on Sunday, our hardy contestants managed to hook up with many fish over the weekend including some true trophies!
And so……drum roll please……Here are the results of the 9th Annual FUDR One Bug fishing event:
Guide: Darren Rist – 930 points
Guide: Stephan Spoerri, 920 points
Squirrel Award: Judd Weisburg (this goes to the guide with the best fly rescue)
Thanks to everyone who helped out, attended, and participated in this year’s event. We look forward to seeing all of you next year at the 10th Annual One Bug!