Guests will have the opportunity to bid on the items listed below during the live auction, which will be held after the evening program.
Win the opportunity to have the trout of your dreams portrayed in a watercolor painted by James Prosek, artist, writer and activist.
- Donated by James Prosek
James Prosek, Brook Trout with Bunchberry, 2009, mixed-media on tea-stained paper, 45 1/2 x 56 3/4 inches. Collection of Pamela K. and William A. Royall, Jr., Richmond, Virginia
You and one guest will spend a week in Argentina fishing the Chubut Province of Central Patagonia. Base camp will be quaint and cozy Carrileufu Valley Lodge, located in the town of Cholila, which was the temporary resting spot of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. A typical week will include a three day float trip on the Chubut, with day trips on the Rivadavia, Carrileufu, and other local rivers and spring creeks. But you are the boss on this trip - take the typical float trip, or let the lodge's expert guides design a custom trip based on your interests. Either way, you'll be enjoying some of the best food, wine, accommodations and guides Argentina has to offer. Includes 7 nights lodging at the Carrileufu Valley Lodge for 2 people and 6 days guided fishing.
- Donated by John Bell and the Carrileufu Valley Lodge
Dreaming of big bonefish? You and one guest will enjoy 5 nights lodging and 4 days guided fishing on Andros Island, Bahamas. The flats in Andros are some of the largest and most varied in the world, offering both opportunities to wade or fish from the boat, in the ocean flats or creeks and bights. This incredible choice of classic bone-fishing environments, as well as the numbers and size of the bonefish is what makes South Andros the bone-fishing capital of the world. You may also have the opportunity to try for occasional Permit, Tarpon and Snook. You will stay in an attractive Plantation style building surrounded by tropical flowers and palm trees. There is beach right in front of the lodge, and a wonderful sand bank, sparkling white, lies just a few meters away.
- Donated by Nervous Waters
Bairs Island Lodge, Andros Island, Bahamas
You and one other angler will have 3 days of guided fishing, hosted by TU CEO Emeritus Charles Gauvin. The centerpiece of this trip is the chance to have all to yourself 20+ miles of private trout streams on a large working cattle ranch in Western Montana. The location is spectacular, and its fishery is known to only a select few. If conditions are right, we will spend one of the days floating on the Missouri River.
We're not going to disclose the exact location of this trip, but we will say that Charles has fished this water and regards it as the best hopper fishing he's ever had.
- Donated by the Riparian Fund.
Montana Private Water "Hopper-Tunity"
You and one guest will join Master Guide Joe Klutsch of Katmai Guide Service for an incredible 5 day Alaskan fishing and wildlife viewing trip. You will visit Katmai National Park and the world-famous Naknek River where you can fish for trophy class rainbow trout, grayling, lake trout, lake char, and northern pike. Enjoy fantastic wildlife viewing, including the Brown Bears of Katmai National Park. This trip will have an educational focus as well as wonderful fishing opportunities. Learn first-hand the uniqueness of this dynamic ecosystem.
- Donated by Joe Klutsch, Katmai Guide Service
Katmai National Park, AK
You and 3 guests will enjoy a 3 day dove hunting trip to the finest dove hunting area in the world, Cordoba, Argentina. There are 50,000,000 doves in the Cordoba Valley and the birds never migrate. The trip includes 3 full days of hunting for 4 people, all meals and lodging, transportation to and from the Cordoba airport, and an English speaking guide.
- Donated by Sporting Adventures International, LLC
Argentina Dove Hunt
Leave the bamboo rod at home as you head north for 5 days of fishing for 2 at the Scott Lake Lodge. Bordering Saskatchewan and the Northern Territories, Scott Lakes is 40km long and 40km wide with plenty of nooks and crannies that are home to the largest pike and lake trout in all of Canada. The lake offers both fast action and trophy pike and trout, averaging 50 to 100 fish per boat/per day. Much of the trip will likely feature sight casting for giant pike in shallow water, an unparalleled fly rodding experience. After a long day of fishing you can rest up in the lodge's recently renovated Scott Lake cabins, featuring wood floors, pine paneled walls, modern bath, comfortable bed and daily maid service. With gourmet meals and a fine wine collection, you will have to remind yourself just how far from "civilization" you really are.
- Donated by Tom Klein and the Scott Lake Lodge
Scott Lake Lodge
Enjoy 3 days and 2 nights on the Steel Creek Ranch – a scenic 2.5 hour drive from Bozeman or 1 hour from Butte, Montana. The ranch offers over 2,000 deeded acres and is nearly surrounded by limitless public land. Fish over 4 miles of small creek for the rare and elusive Fluvial Arctic Grayling or the large pond on the property for Westslope Cutthroat Trout. Drive 15-20 minutes to the Big Hole River for further wading or float fishing opportunities. Boundless hiking and exploring exist on the property and on the adjacent National Forest. The cabin is complete with 3 separate bedrooms and cooking facilities (2 with 1 queen bed in each, and one with bunk beds and a queen sleeper sofa).
- Donated by Beartooth Capital Partners
Steel Creek Ranch, Wisdon, MT
Located just 10 miles southeast of NYC, Jamaica Bay produces some of the best shallow-water action for striped bass, bluefish and weakfish on the East Coast. Jamaica Bay is an extraordinary fishery and here is your chance to fish with the Jamaica Bay experts, Captain John McMurray and Captain Danny Reich. You and 3 guests will spend the day with John and Danny exploring the bay's 10,000 acres of salt marsh, and trust us, you will catch fish. To ensure you are fully prepared and guaranteed to catch some monsters, master fly-tier Richard Reagan has donated a box of his hand-tied flies.
After a full day of fishing, you'll want to tell someone about how great the day was. Well, Ben Grossman and Craig Samuel, owners of The Smoke Joint, Peaches, and Peaches HotHouse will provide the stage for your fish stories at one of their well-known restaurants. You and up to 7 guests will spend an evening dining on BBQ and other southern treats in a "tasting room" format as Ben and Craig lead your taste-buds from the Carolinas to Tennessee. Since landing on NYC's food scene in 2006, Ben and Craig and The Smoke Joint have received rave reviews for their delicious, self-proclaimed "New York style" BBQ. Ben and Craig will teach you what you need to know about dry rubs, sauces, smoking and grilling and ensure that you end your night full. Additionally, The Smoke Joint carries over 36 different bourbons and whiskeys, and impromptu tastings are known to occur. To complete this great evening, Brooklyn Brewery is throwing in a case of its award-winning beer.
The items listed below will be offered during the silent auction. Many will be grouped together and offered as packages. The silent auction will be held during the cocktail hour.
Enjoy 7 days & nights at a brand new, four-story, 2,800 square foot Swiss Chalet located 90 feet from Lake Superior on 10 forested acres. The Chalet has 3 private bedrooms and an 8-bed loft. 14-20 people can fit comfortably (depending on the number of children).
- Donated by Thomas J. Logue
A traditional unsanded chassis with a brand new graphite engine. Using the newest in Orvis carbon-based composites impregnated with a new epoxy-based resin system with plasticizers for a toughened resin system, Superfine Touch offers the lightest and most powerful graphite ever with the ability to load as well at 15' as it does at 30'. The Full-Flex action offers a smooth-loading rod that flexes across the length of the rod, resulting in the most delicate of presentations. This is a precision caster's dream that is smoother casting and lighter than ever before possible.
- Donated by Orvis
The world's lightest fly rod turns passion into addiction. Pick up a Helios, and you'll be stunned by how light and balanced it is - a direct result of our patent-pending thermoplastic, thermoset resins used from tip to butt. The Helios loads quickly, is powerful, crisp, and light, and has a supremely balanced feel so you control your cast better.
- Donated by Orvis
- Donated by Orvis
Lamson fly fishing reels achieve a crucial balance and optimal performance. Lighter materials like titanium and polymers take the place of steel, wood and cork. Simplified designs mean fewer components, lighter weight and amazing longevity. Precisely machined fly fishing reels constructed from space age materials that are so light, they seem to defy gravity.
- Donated by Waterworks / Lamson
Maddox, self-taught, paints in oil mainly on Belgian linen and develops each piece with her signature layering technique. The offered Giclee print is titled Strawberry Brook.
- Donated by AD Maddox
Phil Lane has been an artist most of his life. After spending 25 years painting a variety of subjects, Phil has settled on painting fish – and only fish that he or his family catches!
- Donated by Phil Lane
Josi Etter has created an alternative to a plastic mount of your fish. The modern way of fish taxidermy – have your fish painted! A set of 3 paintings is offered: Bonneville Cutthroat, Brown and Bull Trout Char.
- Donated by Sketch and Release
Jeff Glaspy is a wetland and riparian habitat restorationist in northern California. He is an avid photographer and fisherman who uses both as an excuse to float and explore rivers. The offered framed print is titled Sockeye.
- Donated by Jeff Glaspy
Noelle's passion is nature photography, including wildlife and landscapes. Her greatest joy is capturing images of birds in flight or otherwise in their natural environment. Her work with foxes recently won first prize from the Defenders of Wildlife in their 2011 national contest.
- Donated by Noelle Zaleski and Tom Stoddard
In May 2008, Chef Scott Conant opened Scarpetta in the Gansevoort Market Historic District. An Italian expression that means "little shoe" - or the shape bread takes when used to soak up a dish - Scarpetta represents the pure pleasure of savoring a meal down to the very last taste. The restaurant's seasonally-inspired Italian dishes offer farm-fresh ingredients and clean, earthy flavors that pay homage to Conant's heritage and time in Italy.
- Donated by Peter Ruggiero
Brook Trout glass chopping board and oval platter. These pieces are a perfect addition to any kitchen. The chopping board can be used to prepare any gourmet meal and the oval platter can be used to serve it. Additional uses: chill the chopping board in the freezer to use as a unique serving piece for your cold appetizers, add some color to a china cabinet by displaying it with a light behind it to bring out all the vivid colors!
- Donated by Red Cabin Pottery
Demanding. Uncompromising. These two words describe the wild we love and the way we work. Our search for all things new and undiscovered never ends, taking our technology to a new level every day. We test our gear in the same conditions you live and play in. We fish. We paddle. We explore. And most importantly, we learn. The result is lenses that let you see a school of reds on the flats, spot a sailfish 50 yards behind the boat ten feet under the surface, and sunglasses that feel comfortable from dawn to dusk.
- Donated by Costa Del Mar
Paul Stark, wood sculptor, has been working in Sisters and across the country for the past 25 years. He has been featured in publications including Log Home Living, Alpenglow, The Log Home Book, Adirondack Style. Many beautiful homes in the Sisters area showcase his unique work. He currently commutes between home in Sisters, mountain areas of Colorado and upper New York State doing structural custom carving in exclusive lodges, hospitals, and private residences. He is always ready to work with homeowners and builders to create works of art that reflect the individual and turn dreams and into reality.
- Donated by Paul Stark
Cutting-edge EcoTraX™ soles and special nonporous, durable and lightweight microfiber uppers help stem the spread of aquatic invasives while giving you the solid footing you need. EcoTraX soles have a proprietary Orvis-exclusive lug pattern with sharp leading edges to get better traction. Lighter in weight than competitive boots and more flexible to give the sole more contact for better footing. Rubber at the toe, sidewalls, and heel resists abrasion from rocks and debris for added durability. A hiking boot style and new lacing system adds to the comfortable fit. Removable insole. Includes PosiGrip™ Screw-in Studs to maximize the traction in slippery wading conditions.
- Donated by Orvis
Since 1987, ExOfficio been providing clothing solutions for outdoor & travel enthusiasts with a specialty in functionality. ExOfficio is dedicated to making clothing as adventurous as you.
- Donated by ExOfficio
A full head to toe men's sportswear outfit from Simms. The choice of professional guides, and anyone else who lives to fish! Includes a Runabout Shell, Superlight Pant, Ebbtide Shirt, Pursuit GORE-TEX shoe (low) and Fishing Cap.
- Donated by Simms
You and a guest will enjoy a backstage tour of Sotheby's.
- Donated by Sotheby's
Be prepared with luggage for any itinerary, from an overnight business trip to an extended vacation. LL Bean's Quickload Luggage Set includes one Medium and one Extra-Large Upright Duffle, plus a versatile Carry-On Bag to hold essentials.
- Donated by LL Bean