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23rd Annual Auction Items

Thinking of a way to support your museum? Don’t forget the 23rd Annual Banquet and Auction on May 28 th at Kings Catering in Livingston Manor. The following is a list of the “live auction” items that will be featured that evening. In the event that you live too far away or have other commitments for the weekend but still want to bid on something listed here, just give the CFFCM office a call at 845-439-4810 and we can take information regarding proxy bids.

In addition to the Live Auction, there will also be more than 75 items that will be available during the Silent Auction portion of the evening. If there is something in particular you are interested in, say collectible flies, day trips, etc. Just give us a call or email flyfish@catskill.net and we can give you a preview of what will be available.

See you on Saturday Night!

Live Auction Items: Please note that the values in brackets are the pre-auction estimates for these items.

1. Golden Trout Jewelry
This 14K gold rainbow trout pendant with an emerald eye is captured in mid leap! Created by KD&G Masterpieces of Miami, this would be a stunning addition to anyone’s jewelry collections and perfect for that special birthday or anniversary gift. Donated by KD&G Masterpieces. [$500]

2. Montauk Striper Fishing
Late fall is when the striped bass migrate from Maine to the Chesapeake Bay and this package for 2 is good anytime after Columbus Day. It includes two nights’ accommodations at the Snug Harbor Motel & Marina in Montauk, on Long Island’s South Fork just east of the Hamptons. Capt. Jim Levison of Double Haul Charters will pick you up at the Marina and take you out for a ½ day [4-6 hours] of fly fishing aboard his boat [includes snacks and use of tackle if needed] to sight cast the Montauk Flats for stripers and bluefish. Jim is a licensed Coast Guard captain with more than 20 years experience guiding off Montauk and Gardiners Island. He is also a widely published fly fishing photographer whose work regularly appears in Fly Fisherman and Saltwater Fly Fishing magazines, as well as numerous books and calendars. Donated by Capt. Jim Levison and Snug Harbor Motel & Marina. [$400-500]

3. Lee Wullf Fly
This Ginger Midge pattern was tied by Lee Wulff in his hands without a vise. The fly is encased in a shadowbox and comes complete with Joan Wulff’s authentication. Donated by Joan Salvato Wulff [$400-500]

4. NH Atlantic Salmon Print
Each year since 1995, the state of New Hampshire issues a limited edition print and stamp, sales of which support the Merrimack River Anadromous Fish Restoration Program. The 1998 print, created by Michael Stidham, is third in the annual series. Stidham is recognized as one of the finest fish artists working today and is a master at painting fish in their underwater environment. This print, #1/50 of the “conservation edition,” is matted with the stamp and is ready for framing. Matted size: 21”H x 20”W. Donated by Joan Salvato Wulff. [$250-350]

5. Fly Tying with Ted
This is a special offer for up to four people. Ted Rogowski will give you two private two-hour fly tying lessons at a location and time that is mutually convenient. Lessons include use of tools and all materials. Donated by Ted Rogowoski. [$300-500]

6. Deluxe Fly Tying Station
This cherry table-top fly tying station was built by Phil Sousa and signed by the Flyfishing University staff and instructors from the 2005 World of Flyfishing Show in Danbury, Connecticut. More than 40 individuals signed this desk and signatures include: Carl Bradley, Jay “Fishy” Fullam, Lefty Kreh, Bob Mead, Bob Popovich, Dave Skok and many others. Donated by Flyfishing University. [$150-250]

7. Herman Christian Flies
Herm Christian was one of the fly tying pioneers of the Catskill dry fly style. In 2004, Johnnie Hampton, Jr. donated a selection of Christian flies that had been custom-tied for his father in the 1950s. This unique shadowbox, designed by Poul Jorgensen and constructed by Paul Ptalis, contains two of these rare, collectible flies (an Early Dun and a Coffin Fly), along with a limited edition photograph. Accompanying the shadowbox are copies of the original correspondence between Herman Christian and Johnny Hampton, Sr. Donated by Johnnie Hampton, Jr. [$1,000-1,500]

8. Winston Boron IIx Rod
Introduced in 2004, Winston’s Boron IIx line of fly rods represents the ultimate in power, accuracy, and casting range. Weighing only 3½ oz, the 8-wt 9’0” JWF is an all around rod that will load quickly for bonefish up close or making river crossing casts to steelhead. The JWF is the “Joan Wulff Favorite” and is a fast-action 4-piece rod featuring a special grip designed for women. This rod is marked “CFFCM May 2005.” Donated by Joan Salvato Wulff. [$625]

9. Collector’s Edition Book
Author and artist James Prosek has been called “the Audubon of the fishing world.” Trout: An Illustrated History, published in 1996, featured 70 of his paintings and placed Prosek at the forefront of natural history artists. This signed, hardcover edition of the book is accompanied by a fly tied and used by James Prosek on Opening Day 2005 at Junction Pool. It is truly a one-of-a-kind item for book and fly fishing collectors alike. Donated by James Prosek. [$350-500]

10. Sportsman’s Luggage
Travel in style with canvas & leather sportsman’s luggage created by J.W. Hulme of St. Paul, Minnesota. Founded in 1905, the company is known for their Gokeys ® product line. This three-piece set includes a travel rod case capable of holding 3-6 rod tubes up to 60” long and marked with an inscribed medallion “CFFCM 2005”; a fleece-lined reel case [also suitable as a jewelry travel pouch]; and a zip-top suburban tote with plenty of pockets and a detachable/adjustable leather should strap. The J.W. Hulme Co. is committed to providing its customers with rugged, durable products and all items come with a lifetime guarantee. Donald by J.W. Hulme Co. [$300-375]

11. Joan’s Blazer
A new navy micro fiber blazer from Orvis that Joan purchased but never wore. The hidden inside pockets – four of them – make this perfect for traveling. Size is 10-petite. Donated by Joan Salvato Wulff. [$250+]

12. Fly Tying Desk
“The Fall River” – a solid alder wood fly tying desk with built-in vice clamp and plenty of storage – is quality furniture. Hand-crafted by Tim Tibbals of Tibbals Wood Studio in Loveland, Colorado, the desk measures 21”D x 34”W x 40½”H and features a water-proof warm, harvest finish. The four hutch drawers and three base drawers are lined with aromatic cedar, protecting your investment of materials for years to come. Donated by Tibbals Wood Studio. [$600-800]

13. Bone Fishing at Andros
Where do Catskill fly fishermen go when it’s too cold to fish our local waters and they need to thaw out? Why to the Bahamas of course! Here’s your chance to escape the winter and benefit the Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum. The Andros Island Bone Fishing Club will provide 2 anglers with 4 nights’ accommodations and 3 days of guided fishing. The package includes lodging, all meals, and boat and guide services. Dates to be arranged directly with the Club. Donated by the Andros Island Bone Fishing Club. [$4,000]

14. Yankees’ Home Game
Four prime VIP seats on the Yankee Stadium baseline are up for auction. The home game is on August 13 th at 1:00 pm and pits the NY Yankees against the Texas Rangers. Come see Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter and the rest of the Bronx Bombers take their shot at the AL East. Donated by Friends of Anglers Den. [$600-750]

15. Montana for Four
Prime fishing during late August for 4 lucky anglers! The winning bid will receive a package of 4 days of guided fishing plus 5 nights’ accommodations and all meals at Arnie Gidlow’s Missouri Riverside Outfitters & Lodge in Cascade, Montana. The Missouri River is known as one of the country’s best tailwater fisheries and provides some of the best fishing to be found anywhere in the world. The lodge is beautifully furnished and guests are provided with comfort, excellent dining, and top-notch guides – all adding up to a memorable Montana fishing experience. In addition to lodging, meals, and guide service, this package includes ground transportation to/from Great Falls, MT airport. Donated by Arnie Gidlow. [$6,000]

16. Elsie Darbee Collectible
Here’s a one-of-a-kind item for the Catskill collector: Elsie Darbee’s silver cigarette case engraved with her initials “E.B.D.” and marked “Black. Starr. Gorham, Sterling.” This vintage item comes complete with its original leather pouch. An added bonus for the winner of this item is one of Elsie’s dry flies tied in a Blue Dun Variant pattern. Donated by Judie Darbee Smith. [$300-550]

17. Catskill Rod & Reel
The Beaverkill Rod Company is providing one of the 3-piece “Guide Choice” models in a 9’0” 4wt with fast action and marked “ Catskill Fly Fishing Center.” Combined with a Waterworks-Lamson 1.5 Velocity reel [WF4+100 yds], this rod is perfect for both the beginning and experienced Catskill angler. The rod comes with a case and to complete the outfit, we’re adding a 3M Mastery GPX WF4 line that will handle flies from dries to nymphs to streamers. Donated by Jim Callahan and Steve & Audrey Forrer. [$675]

18. Guest Fly Tyers of 2001
Since 1998, the Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum has collected flies from each of the Saturday guest fly tyers for a special fund raising project – the annual shadowbox. The 2001 collection features work by more than 30 tyers, including: Dave Brandt, Mary Dette Clark, Floyd Franke, Ralph Graves, Ken Mead, and Ted Patlen. The 2001 shadowbox also includes a fly tied by Poul Jorgensen on his 75 th birthday. The shadowbox was specially framed by Ted Patlen and donated by CFFCM. [$1,000-1,500]

19. Islamorada Fishing
Join world-record holder Diana Rudolph for a day of tarpon fishing in the Florida Keys. Diana recently broke the IGFA Women’s Fly Rod record for tarpon on March 24, 2005 when she landed a 135 lb 5 oz fish, more than 50% larger than the previous record of 83 lbs. She also holds an IGFA Women’s Fly Rod record for permit and has another record pending for bonefish on the fly. This trip will depart from the Loreli in Islamorada and will be booked at the mutual convenience of Diana and the winning bidder. While April-June is the best time for tarpon fishing, the trip could be taken at other times of the year with a focus on bonefish or permit. Donated by Diana Rudolph and Ted Rogowski. [$500-700]

20. Collectors’ Edition Book
Dana Lamb’s On Trout Streams and Salmon Rivers. Published in 1963 by Barre Publishers of Massachusetts, this volume represents Dana Lamb’s first book and includes stories about Catskill waters such as “Opening Day” and “After All these Years.” It is bound in linen and slip cased, one of a limited edition of 1500. Donated by Judith Bowman Books. [$400-500]

21. Casting with Joan
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for two anglers – a private, two-hour casting lesson with the legendary Joan Wulff. Class will be held at a mutually convenient time at the Joan Wulff School in Lew Beach, NY. Donated by Joan Salvato Wulff. [$500-700]

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