Saturday, April 5, 2014

Bid on FR at the Paul H. Young TU Chapter Banquet

Okay, so I got this strange email a couple weeks back from my friend Brett Watson, president of the Paul H. Young Trout Unlimited chapter, asking if I would like to donate a trip for their upcoming banquet April 24.

The answer is- of course I would. Except that I'm not set up as a guide, so there's no cash value, unless you equate me with fly fishing's escort service. Still, it's for a good cause, and I really would like to see a cash value attached to my companionship. I would suggest the bidding start at no less than $10.

Think of the possibilities. You, me, hundreds of miles of river or shore, a lot of which I am familiar with. We could hit the big 5 rivers around here, or we could do some other stuff, fish for pike and bass in the lakes or maybe hit Wilderness for carp and smallies. We could hit a smaller creek, swing for the fence on brook trout. We could swing for the fences on anything really, as long as you can cast a bit, and don't mind breaking some brush.

This drift boat is just one of many top notch prizes being auctioned and raffled off at the banquet. Almost as good as an outing with yours truly

The Paul H. Young chapter of Trout Unlimited has a reputation for generosity in giving to support cold water fisheries. Their annual fundraising banquet will be held April 24. There will of course be a bunch of stuff auctioned off besides a fishing trip with me. Things like a drift boat, original artwork by FR favorite artist Becca Schlaff, trips with actual guides, a day in a private plane and even a puppy, plus a lot of stuff I'm probably not aware of. It will be quite the shindig.

So go- buy a ticket, pony up, mix, mingle, schwagger, sup and sip, and by all means bid on me. I guarantee you'll get your $10 worth.

To RSVP click on the link below-

I'm going to put up some gratuitous fish shots to get you thinking of the possibilities. Not trying to toot my horn, but giving you some incentive to bid.
Alex Cervenkiak photo


  1. Need to be present to win?

    I believe a trip with you ought to (and will) go for the going rate for a guided trip with a "real" guide. $350 for a day?

    However it goes, very cool of you to offer up your time.

    1. Geez- I hope you're right. Wouldn't that be great for the trout?

  2. I have to admit when I saw that you offered this up, I went to the banquet looking for it. I am happy to say that I did win the bidding. As a longtime reader of you site I can't tell you how excited I am to meet and fish with you. Thank you very much for providing this opportunity.

    1. I'm looking forward to it, and thank you for your donation to cold water conservation. Let me know when you want to go and for what. The fishing should just get better and better for the next 12 weeks.

  3. So how much did your donation bring to the chapter?

    Congrats, Chris! I'm sure you guys will have a ball.

    1. I heard it was a respectable amount, slightly higher than the ten bucks I suggested. I'll cook up something good.