2018 Trout Unlimited (WestSlope Chapter) Gala

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WestSlope Chapter Trout Unlimited

Fundraising Banquet 2018

Our annual banquet & auction will be held Saturday, March 3, 2018, at the University Center Ballroom. The evening’s entertainment consists of both a live and silent auction featuring a vast array of treasures supplied by local merchants, community members, and in some cases, national organizations. 

Help WestSlope TU provide thousands of dollars in matching funds for conservation projects right here in our home watersheds! Attend our annual banquet & auction, Saturday, March 3, 2018, 5:30pm-10pm, in the University Center Ballroom at the University of Montana. The evening features an excellent beef short rib dinner and desert, a free ticket to win a Winston fly rod, and a live and silent auction featuring a vast array of treasures supplied by local merchants, community members, and national organizations.

Tickets are $60 per person. Click to reserve yours today on our banquet website.

We’ll also have a number of great items to raffle off, including a Kimber Mountain Ascent rifle, a Kimber 1911 pistol, and a $100 Big Fish ticket, good for any live auction item!

Auction Type: Live & Silent Only

  • Starts: March 3, 2018 - 7PM
  • Ends: March 3, 2018 - 8PM
  • Location: University of Montana - UC Ballroom - 32 Campus Drive, Missoula MT 59801
  • Preview Date: March 3, 2018 - 530PM
  • End Preview Date: March 3, 2018 - 7PM
Auction Company Info
  • Auction Company:
    LM Auctions, LLC

  • Auctioneer:
    Matt Manley

Auction Consigner(s):
Food and Drink:
  • Beef short rib dinner and desert with purchase of event ticket.
Purpose of Auction:
  • Benefit

Number of auction blocks/rings/lines: 1

Auction Items

Land of the Giants

Donated By: Garrett Blackburn at Hooked Outfitting

Join jet boat Captain Garrett Blackburn of Hooked Outfitting for an incredible day of fly-fishing on the three mile, Land of the Giants section of the Missouri River between Hauser Reservoir and Upper Holter Lake. Host to some of the largest trout in Montana, this section is accessible only by jet boat, and flows through a scenic canyon replete with ponderosa pine, bald eagles, and mountain goats. Includes a gourmet lunch prepared by your able and affable Captain. Good for Spring 2018 (April 15-June 15)

Bighorn River Fishing Trip for Two

Donated By: Dan Schoen

Three day, three night fishing trip for two on the banks of the Bighorn River, halfway between the Bighorn (or 12-mile) and the Mallards Landing access sites. This is one of the best stretches on the Bighorn, far less crowded than the upper river, yet still with the top quality fishing that the river is known for. You'll be floating every day, and there can be great fishing right at the house, depending on the year and season. Meals are not provided and the winner bidder and Dan will probably cook and eat together. The dates of the trip will be mutually decided upon based on schedules and the best fishing opportunities. This is not a "guided" trip, but Dan will have a boat and will row every day.

3 Nights - Angler's Haven on Yellowstone River

Donated By: Burns Family and Liam and Edwards
Three Nights in Angler's Haven Cabin on the Yellowstone River.
This custom built cabin on the Yellowstone between Livingston and Gardner is perfect for 6 people and comes with all the amenities. Fish right out the door or bring your boat or hire a guide. The great location in Paradise Valley provides easy access to Yellowstone Park and great fishing. Great for a family, three couples or fishing buddies. Subject to availability and excludes the 4th of July and Labor Day holidays.

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288 Custom Made Flies by George Kesel

Donated By: George Kesel
Master fly tier and WSCTU board member George Kesel will tie two dozen flies of your choice each and every month for 12 months. That's 288 flies of your choice--for trout, steelhead, bonefish, billfish, tarpon, peacock bass or whatever species you're going to pursue. These are flies you literally cannot buy in terms of quality, beauty and fish catching ability. Take advantage of this opportunity to fill your boxes with the flies you want, tied by a professional tyer for over 30 years.

The Ranch at Rock Creek - 2 Nights

Donated By: The Ranch at Rock Creek

All-inclusive, two night stay for two people at the Ranch at Rock Creek.

Absorb the “Ranch Culture” for two nights of all-inclusive grand luxury and adventure, with accommodations in a Granite Lodge Room or Classic Canvas Cabin on Rock Creek. The sky is the limit during this escape, as the Ranch offers over 30 on-ranch activities that are included with your stay, as are gourmet meals and beverages each day. Some date restrictions apply, accommodations based on availability.

Learn more here: http://www.theranchatrockcreek.com/

Ray Risho - Dinner for Eight

Donated By: Ray & Susie Risho

Chef Ray Risho of the former Perugia restaurant and his wife and artist, Susie Risho, will prepare eight guests their succulent, global cuisine, with wine pairings throughout.

Chef Ray Risho, owner of the former Perugia restaurant, and artist Susie Risho, offer this five-course meal, paired with fine wines, for eight guests at their home on a date in April, May, or June, as selected by the lucky recipient. Chef Risho is the instructor of a poplar MOLLI class, “Cuisine Artistry: The Global Kitchen,” and he dedicates his time to the pursuit of cultural and culinary knowledge. This is reflected in the cuisine offered by his sons at their Missoula establishment, the Silk Road. In past offerings, guests have selected from one of four, globally themed meals to include: Aegean Adventure: Cuisine of the Greek Isles; The Culinary Heritage of Jerusalem; North African Passage: Cuisine of Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia; An Evening in Augerge Ravoux: Dinner at Van Gogh’s Table.

Learn more here: https://www.facebook.com/Ray-Rishos-Ports-of-Call-The-Global-Kitchen-Cookbook-1560983724116252/

Golf for 4 at the Rock Creek Cattle Company

Donated By: Paul Mosely & Ruby Springs Lodge

Enjoy an amazing day of championship golf on this private, Tom Doak designed course, one of the most spectacular and challenging links-style courses in the world. The layout of the 18 holes encompasses three different sections of Ranch land, with the course design lending itself to the beauty of the natural terrain. What a fantastic way to spend a day!


Linehan Outfitting Yaak Cabin & Fishing

Donated By: Tim and Joanne Linehan

One day's guided fishing on the Kootenai and one night's stay at the Yaak Cabin

Includes one day's guided fishing on the Kootenai and One Night's Stay at the Yaak Cabin. This full-day float trip and lodging experience is offered by Tim and Joanne Linehan of Linehan Outfitting Company, named both Montana Guide and Orvis Endorsed Outfitter of the Year, and the host of Trout Unlimited TV from 1998 to 2003 on ESPN and OLN.


Electrofishing Day Trip for Two

Donated By: Ladd Knotek

Assist FWP field biologist Ladd Knotek and his field staff with native trout population assessments in the Clearwater/Seeley tributaries of the Blackfoot using backpack electrofishing. A unique opportunity to get in-stream with the experts, explore the far reaches of Montana’s riparian habitat, and study the native trout that lurk within.

Tailwater House 5 Night Stay

Donated By: Alex & Holly Sienkiewicz

Enjoy five relaxing nights with family and friends, fishing by day at your leisure, for lively (and often sizeable) rainbows, cutthroats, and browns, with this cozy, fully-furnished cabin on the banks of the West Fork of the Bitterroot as your home base.

Boulder Creek flows into this secluded fishery, which will be yours to explore in veritable solitude for the duration of your stay.

(Available in September 2018 – Five guest maximum).


Fishing Excursion with John Gierach

Donated By: John Gierach & Mark Kuipers

Fish with Author John Gierach

Imagine spending a day fly fishing with John Gierach, author of more than 20 books on the fly fishing life and the unquestioned dean of American fly fishing writers. On April 12,* you’ll be floating a local river with John along with Mark Kuipers, WSCTU President, at the oars. Enjoy a gourmet lunch of Montana moose, a great bottle of wine or two and all the trimmings and some very exciting fishing at Mark’s “secret place” where we will be casting streamers to big browns and rainbows. John cautions in his trademark wit, “don’t expect a jaw-dropping exhibition of fishing skill or non-stop Zen-like wisdom on the water!” But do expect a fun and fish filled day!

*April 12 is the only day we can do this. If the weather is not suitable for floating we will wade fish

Full Day Fishing Plus The Pixies Live

Donated By: Log Jam Presents and Bill Pfeiffer

You've dreamt of doing it: here it is. Enjoy a full day of guided fishing on the lower Blackfoot River, Aug. 3 2018, with licensed Missoula fishing guide and WSTU board member Bill Pfeiffer (MT #11632) and get dropped off stream-side at the Kettlehouse Amphitheater for a night of musical entertainment with The Pixies. Then after the show, enjoy a late evening float back to Missoula on the Clark Fork. This trip includes:

1 Full Day Float Trip - all fishing gear, flies, shuttles, all transportion and lunch provided

2 - Lawn Tickets to the Pixies at Kettlehouse Amphitheater

1 - Evening float to East Missoula (conditions permitting)

Bill reserves the right to change the schedule and fishery pending weather and water conditions (esp. water temps.). The goal is to do this all in the same day, provided it is ethical to do so! Bid high for big trout and Where Is My Mind? live!

Fishing for 2-Sun Valley, Idaho

Donated By: Lost River Outfitters


“Whatever your fishing fancy; be it the drake hatch on Silver Creek, the hopper fest on the Big Lost or the caddis hatch in Copper Basin, Scott Schnebly, owner of Lost River Outfitters in Ketchum, Idaho will have you in the thick of the fish!

Book this trip for a day’s guiding, for two people, in July or August of 2018.

After your day fishing, head to the world-famous Pioneer Saloon for salty margaritas, a slab of prime rib and the largest Idaho baked potato, guaranteed at 1 lb. each!”


2 Days Guided for 2 at Spotted Bear

Donated By: George & in memoriam, Sandi Boifeuillet

Wilderness Lodge - Two days of guided fishing for two people on the South Fork of the Flathead at Spotted Bear.

Includes two nights lodging with meals at the Wilderness Lodge. Reservations limited to mid-July 2018, through mid-August 2018, in the prime, mid-summer days of fly-fishing for healthy, native trout and floating in the secluded and pristine Spotted Bear Wilderness.

First day - Meadow Creek to Spotted Bear River.

Second day - Spotted Bear River to Twin Creek.

Generously donated by the Wilderness Lodge George Boifeuillet and, in memorium, Sandi Boifeuillet.

  • Terms & Conditions

    All sales final.  Form of payment includes cash, personal check and major credit cards.  Buyer takes possession immediately upon sale.


     We are an all-volunteer organization dedicated to supporting cold water conservation and fly fishing education in the Missoula area. Over the last few years, we have accomplished the following:

    • Conservation Projects—Over $120,000 to fund projects on Rattlesnake, Lolo, Deer, Six Mile, Harvey, Nine Mile, lake trout eradication in Swan Lake, road decommissioning, and partnerships with FWP like acquiring land in Fish Creek
    • Education and Kids—Over $30,000 to The Watershed Education Network, Kids Camp, smaller things like buying cold water aquariums for grade schools
    • Scholarships—We give $4,000 each year to University of Montana students with over $20,000 given
    • Montana Trout Unlimited, our state organization—We contribute a $5,000 a year to MTU as they fight for stream access and against threats to our public resource
    • Programs—We spent about $20,000 to bring top quality speakers to our monthly club meetings and have put on fly casting and fly tying classes and seminars.
    • Volunteer opportunities—We try to provide boots on the ground project support for willow tree plantings on Rock Creek and rehab up the Nine Mile and netting of invasive fish species on Swan Lake.

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