Thanks to All who Celebrated the 71st Annual Riverton Fishing Derby!

Saturday, April 10th, 2021

6 AM to 10 AM in Riverton, CT


This year’s 71st Annual Fishing Derby was held on Saturday, April 10th on the West branch of the Farmington River — beginning with the traditional pancake breakfast at 4 AM at the Riverton Fire Department and then punctuated by the Riverton Fishing Derby at 6:00 AM. Some outstanding prizes were awarded to youth and adult participants when the derby ended at 10:00 AM. This year’s derby was dedicated to the loving memory of Roberta Petit. A touching memorial took place before prize announcements.

This historic fishing derby has been running since 1949 with generations of families enjoying this tradition year after year. To be able to sustain this derby into the future the ability to engage our young fisherman and fisherwomen is key. The ten and under section was held at Zak’s Pool just upstream from the Town Bridge. The Trophy Trout Club had members at the 10 and under section helping the families that attended. There was a special 10 and under awards ceremony held at 9:00 AM on the river at Zak’s Pool.

Special thanks to all companies and individuals for their donations and sponsorships of the derby! All prize donations and sponsors include: The Riverton General Store, The Riverton Inn, Hitchcock Chair, NE Taxidermy, Peter Greenwood Studio, the Riverton Volunteer Fire Department, Avon Fish & Game, Northwest Sporting Goods, friends of the derby, John’s Import Deli, Riverton Self Storage, Ledgebrook Spirits, Lonely Pony Hitching Post Farm, Housatonic River Outfitters, Bill Harding, Anderson-Marsh Family, Upcountry, Orvis Adventures, Trophy Trout Club, and a number of other valued participants and volunteers

Thanks to all the families and individuals that came out to enjoy a fabulous day outdoors celebrating one of Connecticut’s greatest fishing traditions!

 

2021 Fishing Derby Gallery & Results

Adult Fishing Derby Results & Prizes

2021 Riverton Fishing Derby Grand Prize Winner
  • GRAND PRIZE

    Max Blaschke | 5lbs 8oz. 211/4” long

    Hand-crafted Hitchcock rocking chair and $75 certificate towards replica mount. Donated by Hitchcock Chair and NE Taxidermy.

2021 Riverton Fishing Derby 1st Place Winner
  • 1ST PLACE

    George Riccucci | 5lbs 7oz 231/2” long

    Half-day guided tour of the Farmington River. Donated by Orvis.

2021 Riverton Fishing Derby 2nd Place Winner
  • 2ND PLACE

    Scott Smith | 4lbs 14oz 21″ long

    $200 gift certificate to the Riverton Inn & Royal Coachman Tavern. Donated by The Riverton Inn.

2021 Riverton Fishing Derby 3rd Place Winner
  • 3RD PLACE

    Yarmouth McLellan | 4lbs 14oz 21″ long

    Fly rod combo and fly box. Donated by Upcountry.

2021 Riverton Fishing Derby 4th Place Winner
  • 4TH PLACE

    Mitchell Ruel | 4lbs 13oz 213/4” long

    Fly tying station. Donated by the Friends of the Derby.

2021 Riverton Fishing Derby 5th Place Winner
  • 5TH PLACE

    Rich Pasko | 4lbs 12oz 211/2” long

    Two trout stamp custom prints. Donated by the Anderson-Marsh family.

2021 Riverton Fishing Derby 6th Place Winner
  • 6TH PLACE

    Tom Bernier | 4lbs 11oz 213/4” long

    $50 gift certificate to Northwest Sporting Goods. Donated by Bill Harding.

2021 Riverton Fishing Derby 7th Place Winner
  • 7TH PLACE

    Walter Morris | 3lbs 11oz 221/2” long

    $50 gift certificate to Housatonic River Outfitters. Donated by Housatonic River Outfitters.

2021 Riverton Fishing Derby 8th Place Winner
  • 8TH PLACE

    Rodney Stone | 3lbs 10oz 201/2” long

    Quart of maple syrup. Donated by Lonely Pony Hitching Post Farm.

2021 Riverton Fishing Derby 9th Place Winner
  • 9TH PLACE

    John Danowski | 3lbs 8oz 20″ long

    $30 gift certificate to Ledgebrook Spirits. Donated by Ledgebrook Spirits.

2021 Riverton Fishing Derby 10th Place Winner
  • 10TH PLACE

    Tony Fillie | 3lbs 8oz 191/2” long

    $25 gift certificate to the Riverton General Store. Donated by Riverton Self Storage.

2021 Riverton Fishing Derby 11th Place Winner
  • 11TH PLACE

    Joe Beaudoin | 3lbs 5oz 181/2” long

    $20 gift certificate to John’s Import Deli. Donated by John’s Import Deli.

Youth Fishing Derby Results & Prizes

2021 Riverton Fishing Derby Youth 1st Place Winner
  • 1ST PLACE

    Ryan Dalka | 5lbs 4oz 221/2” long

    Fishing rod combo and a gift certificate to the Otter’s Den Taxidermy. Donated by Friends of the Derby.

2021 Riverton Fishing Derby Youth 2nd Place Winner
  • 2ND PLACE

    Madison Danowski | 4lbs 10oz 221/4” long

    $100 gift card to Northwest Sporting Goods. Donated by Northwest Sporting Goods.

2021 Riverton Fishing Derby Youth 3rd Place Winner
  • 3RD PLACE

    Grace Ragali | 3lbs 4oz 18″ long

    Hand-made knife. Donated by Avon Fish & Game Club.

2021 Riverton Fishing Derby Youth 4th Place Winner
  • 4TH PLACE

    James Gies | 3lbs 191/2” long

    Fishing net. Donated by the Friends of the Derby.

  • 5TH PLACE

    Noah Paplauskas | 2lbs 15oz 183/4” long

    Fishing rod combo, tackle box, and worm kit. Donated by the Riverton Volunteer Fire Department.

2021 Riverton Fishing Derby Youth 5th Place Winner
  • 6TH PLACE

    Mason Slater | 2lbs 11oz 18″ long

    Sweatshirt. Donated by Peter Greenwood Studio.

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  • 7TH PLACE

    Ian Dwyer | 2lbs 10oz 181/4” long

    Paper weight. Donated by Peter Greenwood Studio.