Fousts to be feted at Oct. 13 BRTU banquet

Our 38th annual banquet is set for Friday, October 13 at the Bitterroot River Inn in Hamilton. The banquet doors open at 5:00 pm. Ticket sales are moving briskly and we have a terrific assortment of premiums guaranteed to interest just about every taste!

That said, there is one feature of this year’s banquet that is really  drawing a lot of attention. John and Elna Foust are the indisputable First Family of Fly Fishing in the Bitterroot. At this year’s banquet, BRTU will be presenting John and Elna  with a Lifetime Achievement Award for their contributions to fly fishing, fly tying and conservation. And to top it off, John has donated one of his custom folding fly boxes with more than 4 dozen flies from his personal collection for our Live Auction! So if you would like to help us pay tribute to this special couple, plan on attending the banquet. The great picture of John is from a Ravalli Republic story that was written a few years ago. 

But that’s not the only fun part of the banquet. There will be Live and Silent Auctions, bucket raffles, door prizes and a special

CARDO drawing for a custom bamboo flyrod crafted by Robert A. Ratcheson. Here are the Live Auction premiums for you to check out.

And these are just a small fraction of the outstanding premiums, like a complete travel outfit with an Echo rod, Lamson reel, line, leader and travel case, and a Sage rod/Abel reel combo, a pizza dinner for 6, a fabulous lunch, outrageous wines, a Yeti cooler, gorgeous photographs, gift baskets and more.

Tickets are available at Freestone Fly Shop and several other shops in the valley. They are $50 a piece and they are going fast. There might be a few tickets left to purchase at the door, but last year’s was a stone-cold sellout, so don’t dilly dally.

For more information or to volunteer to help, please contact Greg Chester at at or Ria Overholt at

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