38th annual banquet is set for Friday, October 13 at the Bitterroot River Inn in
Hamilton. Tickets are on sale already and incredible donations are starting to come in!
We are going to have some very unique premiums this year.
One item that is already drawing a lot of interest is a gorgeous split-bamboo rod made by long time BRTU member Bob Ratcheson. Bob has crafted a 7 foot 2 inch 4 weight rod with 2 tips specifically for our banquet. He says this rod has a delicate action and is not intended for fish over 24 inches.
The rod is available as a CARDO drawing so that everyone has an equal chance. Cards from a special deck of cards will be $50 and we will draw the winning card when the deck is sold out. If you want to purchase a card now, please contact Ria Overholt. Right now it is still possible to request your lucky card from the deck.
I mentioned in the last issue that we will be honoring Elna and John Foust with a Lifetime Achievement Award recognizing everything that they have done for the promotion of flyfishing in the valley. I can now report that the 2017 Golden Trout Award will be presented to the Keystone Enrichment Program of the Hamilton School District. Keystone is our long-running partner in the Bitterroot Buggers program.
If you have any questions, or would like to make a donation or help at the banquet, please contact Ria Overholt, Peggy Ratcheson or Marshall Bloom. You can also complete and email one of these folks a donor/sponsor form.