Rules and Guidelines
NEW COVID RULES & SCHEDULE
It is with great excitement and cautious optimism that Green Mountain Adventures and the Otter Creek Classic administrative team would like to announce that the 12th Annual Otter Creek Classic will proceed with its September 19th and 20th 2020 dates.
As you know, 2020 has been a year full of adversity and obstacles. It is with this in mind that we felt compelled to host and safely execute the OCC to celebrate our friends, fisheries and community. Though the OCC will be strikingly different this year, we are fortunate that the outdoors and natural resources we utilize, which are the cornerstone of the event, remain open and can be freely and safely accessed.
The logistics of the event will be modified, and we will maintain compliance with the recommendations of the CDC and VT Department of Health. We believe unwaveringly that safety is paramount and will do everything to make the event safe for all participants. This will include all interactive portions of the event being held online, adhering to state regulations and complying with travel restrictions per the VTDH. Compliance with the regulations and travel restrictions are mandatory. We are working diligently to get as much info to you as soon as possible. Please keep an eye on the website and social channels for updates and the event schedule within the next 36-48 hours.
Due to the restrictions on large gatherings, the 2020 Fly Fishing Film Tour, scheduled to be held at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury, will be canceled. Refunds for the F3T tickets will be made available upon receipt of the online ticketing refund to the shop. We ask for your patience as we work with our media partner. For those who have registered for the OCC and cannot participate, your registration gifts will be held at the shop or mailed if you are an out-of-state participant. More details regarding this is to come.
Though the in-person nature of the previous OCCs contributes profoundly to the local fly fishing community comradery, we strongly believe it’s the connection to our local fly fishing resources that remains at the event’s core. While we look forward to seeing you virtually and maybe even passing you (at safe distance) river side, we know that there will be many OCC’s in the future where we can all be together again. So, it is with great happiness we can say the 12th Annual Otter Creek Classic is just 3 weeks away. Good Luck and Stay Tuned!
Jesse and Steve
Information regarding travel restrictions in and to Vermont can be found here:
2020 OCC12 Schedule
Friday, September 18th
7:00 pm Virtual Pre Event Meeting
To be hosted on MMVT FB Live
Saturday, September 19th
Sunrise: Day 1 Fishing Begins
4:00 pm: All Day 1 Scorecards and Photos Submitted
6:00 pm: Virtual Day 1 Update
To be hosted on MMVT FB Live
Sunday, September 20th
Sunrise: Day 2 Fishing Begins
12:00 pm: All Day 2 Scorecards and Photos Submitted
2:00 pm: Virtual Awards Ceremony
Please read the rules and guidelines below regarding this event before you register.
12th Annual Otter Creek Classic (OCC12)
September 19th - 20th, 2020
Green Mountain Adventures (GMA) is proud to present the 12th Annual Otter Creek Classic (OCC12) Fly Fishing Event. This is a catch and release, fly fishing only, event. All profits from the OCC12 are donated to the New Haven River Anglers for local conservation and education programs. We are extremely honored and proud to be celebrating 12 years and have worked to make the OCC12 an event to remember. Competitors that pre-register will receive an OCC12 commemorative gift.
9/18: OCC12 Competitor Meeting, 5PM, Green Mountain Adventures
Fly Fishing Film Tour (+$15), Town Hall Theater downtown Middlebury
9/19: OCC12 Day 1, 5 AM to 5 PM
9/20: OCC12 Day 2, 5 AM to 12 PM
OCC12 Banquet, 1 to 3 PM, location tbd
This year we will be offering a tiered registration, where the cost of registering and gift will change based on the month you sign up
Registration during the month of January will cost $150, Gift will be a logo'ed Patagonia R1 Techface Hoody ($169 value)
Registration during the month of February will cost $100, Gift will be a logo'ed Patagonia Blackhole 40L Duffel Bag ($129 value)
Registration during the month of March - September will cost $50, Gift will be a MiiR 20oz Insulated Water Bottle ($30 value)
$35 Kids (15 and Under), Gift TBD
+$15 for Fly Fishing Film Tour Tickets
Tickets available onlineat the f3t.com
Registration and Check-in:
Three registration divisions: Guide/Industry, Amateur, and Youth
Registration, OCC12 Competitors Meeting and OCC12 Check–in all held at:
Green Mountain Adventures
56 Main Street
Middlebury VT 05753
New Haven River, Middelbury River, Neshobe River, Furnace Brook, Mill Brook, Clairedon River, Cold River and Otter Creek. Otter Creek upstream boundary is Brooklyn Rd Bridge in Mt Tabor, lower Boundary is approximately 100 yards below Vergennes Dam.
This is a trout tournament, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Brook trout are the only fish that will be counted on your score.
1” = 1 point .5” increments, rounding up in between.
NEW “TRASH” RULE: Each competitor that fills the supplied bag with trash collected on the river will receive 5 points (a maximum of 5 points will be allotted per angler for the tournament).
Must have a valid 2020 VT Fishing License
All fish must be photographed and shown at daily check-in, All fish must be released carefully after photographing
A competition committee of 5 people will be appointed at the pre-event meeting to make any necessary rulings during the event Guide/Industry/PRO division must use Barbless or de-barbed hooks
False hooked fish must be released immediately and not scored
Walk and wade fishing only, No boats
Anglers must conform to all VT fishing laws and regulations
You must check in after each day of fishing at Green Mountain Adventures by the appointed time
Sat 9/19: Check in 5PM
Sun 9/20: Check in 12PM
The Fly Fishing Film Tour 2020
The F3T will be held in Middlebury, VT on Friday September 18th at the Town Hall Theater in downtown Middlebury.
Doors open at 6:00PM and the show starts promptly at 7PM. Tickets will be $15 online and $17 at the door. This is a sell out event every year so make sure to get your tickets well in advance.
A raffle will be held at intermission with some amazing prizes from our vendors including Simms, Yeti, Fishpond, Yakima, Fulling Mill Fly Co., Orvis and Patagonia. All profits from the event will go to the New Haven River Anglers for watershed conservation and free to the public educational programs.
For information please contact Steven at Green Mountain Adventures, 802-388-7245 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supporting Our Community
Combined with funds raised from the Fly Fishing Film Tour(FFFT) here are several projects the money raised from OCC entries has gone to over the years:
- Eagle Park UPF (Handicap Fishing Access Ramp) on New Haven River
- Muddy Branch Project, Riparian Buffer Enhancement
- Middlebury River Project
- Saunders Project, (Summer of 2013-14) Large River Improvement on Bristol Flats region of NHR
- Educational Scholarships, for those seeking the field of Conservation
- Special Guest Speakers
- Women in Waders, Free Fly Tying Clinics and Youth Days, and many other free to the public instructional programs
- River Clean Ups.
The 2012 FFFT and OCC4 was featured on VT public television's Outdoor Journal, for a look at the event here is the link: