Live Auction

Live Auction List

Please take the time to read and evaluate the items in this year’s Live Auction. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, we are able to offer a wide range of high quality fly fishing and fly tying items and opportunities. Rarely do you find such a tempting mix in one setting. All of the proceeds benefit our conservation and education efforts, so please dig deep, bid high, and have some fun!


1. Expo Staff Fly Box

The Expo volunteer staff includes many talented tiers and fisher people. This year many of them teamed up to donate some of their personal flies to share with you. Don’t miss your chance to collect some tried and true secrets from some dedicated fishers.

2. Bill Blackstone “Creepy Crawly” & Gary Barnes “Froggie”

Bill Blackstone received the Buz Buszek Memorial Award in 1985 for dressing realistic patterns of virtually any kind of insect. Not just world class, Bill is recognized as the best anywhere in dressing realistic patterns. Show Bill an insect, and he will match The Creator in its form, if not its action, and he’s even working on that. It is probably fortunate that the fly we’re offering tonight is under glass, otherwise it would have been swatted, stomped, or sprayed with Raid. We thank Bill for his generosity in letting us share his work.

New this year is an amazing deer hair frog pattern tied by our very own Gary Barnes. Gary has been active in the chapter for over a decade now and served as president for several of those years. Gary enjoys all aspects of fly tying from colorful Atlantic Salmon flies, to bass bugs, to saltwater flies, he does it all. This year he has graciously donated an amazing deer hair frog pattern that looks like it is leaping for its life from the jaws of a hungry bass and into your personal collection.

3. Upper Snake River Fly-Fishers Annual Fly Display

For decades the Snake River Cutthroats, based in Idaho Falls, and the Upper Snake River Fly- Fishers, based in Rexburg, have supported each other’s conservation and education programs, outings, and social functions. These Clubs gift their respective fund raising banquets with fly displays to express this friendship. This year the Upper Snake River Fly-Fishers offer a display assembled by Pam Peterson’s KC Frames. The canvas display depicts a beautiful cutthroat trout along with a map of the famous canyon stretch of the South Fork of the Snake River. The display also contains dry flies tied by Upper Snake River Chapter members.

4. Henry’s Fork Float with Three Rivers Ranch

Hosted by the Three Rivers Ranch, a 4th generation family-operated lodge, this trip will introduce you to the amazing Henry’s Fork. The trip is being personally donated by Carlos Chavez whose energetic personality and master fishiness are sure to put you onto some nice fish and give you some tips to improve your fishing. Your options include the whole Henry’s Fork in May, Aug, Sept, and Oct. If you are up for the challenging put-in, Carlos is even equipped to fish the Lower Mesa Canyon below Lower Mesa Falls. This stretch is not for the faint of heart requiring a 1⁄4 mile hike straight down into the canyon on somewhat of a trail. If you are fit enough to get there, this section is a local jewel that few get to experience. Trip is for two, booking dates based upon availability.

5. Sylvester Nemes Books and Fly Plate

These items were graciously donated by the Dwight Thornton estate to keep this knowledge and expertise in circulation. The package includes two out of print 1st edition books, Soft-Hackled Fly Imitations signed by the author and The Soft-Hackled Fly including a fly on a signed card. Also include is a fly plate with a fly tied by Sylvester. Sylvester was arguably one of the most noted soft hackled specialist of his time. A treasure trove for the discerning collector, don’t miss this opportunity to collect these signed articles from one of the sports greats.

6. Fish Cat 5 Max and Eagle Ridge Ranch Overnight Fishing Package

This year we are pleased to be featuring the Fish Cat 5 Max the mother of all U-boat float tubes. The 5 Max is an oversized design providing a lot more space for the angler. It features a large foam seat to keep you out of the water and a backrest for hours of comfort.

Of course you will need a spot to try out your new toy and where better than on the private waters of Sheridan Reservoir and Creek? Eagle Ridge Ranch is throwing in one day of fishing on this fabulous private reservoir with fish up to 27 inches, along with private access to five miles of Sheridan Creek. After a long day of catching fish, you’ll be treated to one night’s lodging in one of Eagle Ridge’s comfy cabins. With this fantastic package, you get a truly incredible boat for fishing your local lakes, access to some awesome private fishing to break it in, all topped off with a relaxing night in a wonderful cabin – who could ask for more?

7. Atlantic Salmon Fly Display by Marvin Nolte

Marvin Nolte is perhaps the most renowned of Atlantic Salmon fly dressers. His immaculate dressings of classic patterns grace numerous books and other media as well as private collections. Called on world-wide to conduct workshops on dressing these exquisite and difficult patterns, he is in the forefront of those enthusiasts that preserve the art of these flies. He has participated in our past Expos conducting workshops on dressing these patterns. Local Atlantic Salmon fly dressers including Gary Barnes and Bruce Staples consider Marvin as their mentor. Don’t miss this opportunity to pick up a beautiful piece of art by such a renowned tier.

8. Complete Rotary Norvise Tying Station

This year we are pleased to offer a custom built tying station by the very talented Logan Cutts. The station provides all the storage you should ever need with everything right there at your fingertips. You’ll find storage for your thread, floss and other spools, tools, magnets for holding hooks and pockets for beads and such. The package includes a Norvise which provides a very unique and productive tying setup utilizing a high speed rotary action unique in the vise industry. The package also includes the Tying Flies with Norm Norlander DVD to help teach you how to use all these goodies. Logan even modularized the station design making the platform holding the vise separate so it could be taken on the road as a more manageable portable station. With all this tying equipment you will also need some materials to get started, so we’ve pulled together a package of high quality materials to complete the package including a Rainy’s 50 Pack of Fly Tying Materials donated by Rainy’s Premium Flies. Don’t miss your chance to update your tying area with this beautiful tying station, vise and materials.

9. Hosted Day Fishing with Mike Lawson

Growing up fishing, guiding and outfitting on the Henry’s Fork, Mike is a true icon of the fly fishing sport and community. Recognized worldwide for his fishing and tying expertise on spring creek fisheries, Mike has a wealth of knowledge and is willing to share his skills to help you become a better angler. Mike isn’t just a Henry’s Fork guy though and has extensive knowledge of the South Fork of the Snake as well as the Teton River. Mike is willing to share any of these rivers depending on what is optimal for the time of year you are interested in fishing. Package includes a full day of fishing hosted by Mike for two anglers.

10. Steven Fernandez Fly Display

This piece features a beautiful and unique fly tied by Steven himself. Steven is a recent recipient of the nationally recognized FFF Buz Buszek Memorial Award for fly tying excellence. He is a talented and gracious tier and regular supporter of the Expo, who recently demonstrated his skill at Jimmy’s, our local fly shop. We hope some of his ability rubbed off on local tiers who experienced his workshop! Steven has the honor of having tied for the legendary Buz Buszek Fly Shop in Visalia, California. For decades around the middle of the twentieth century it was ”Fly Tying Central” for much of the fly fishing industry. So with this display by Steven comes a bit of fly tying history you can take home and proudly display.

11. Fall Fishing with Frontier Anglers

If you are looking for a change of pace in your fishing this year beyond our local waters, this trip is for you. Our good friend Tim Tollet, from Frontier Anglers in Dillion Montana, has graciously joined our cause and is personally donating a guided day fishing one of their local waters. You can choose to fish the Beaverhead or Big Hole in Aug, Sept, or Oct or try the Jefferson in July, Aug, Sept, or Oct. All three rivers are top notch blue ribbon fishing, only a short 2 hour drive up north from Idaho Falls. Tim says the reasonable water over the last 8 years or so has the Beaverhead fishing as good as it ever has with 20” browns fairly common. After a hard days fishing you can enjoy some of the local cuisine at the Lion’s Den. With a full tummy and a hard day casting you will need a place to rest your head, so we are also including a night’s stay in Dillon’s finest motel, the Guest House Inn. Trip is for two anglers and includes one day guided fishing, a night’s stay, and dinner for two.

12. Driftboat Accessory Upgrade

Tired of your worn out net, equipment rattling around your feet, and a warm, squished sandwich for lunch? This package will put you back into the high life with all the drift boat accessories you’ve always wished you had. The package includes a Yeti cooler, donated by Clacakacraft, which is guaranteed to keep all of your favorite snacks and beverages cool, even on those scorcher days when a cool refreshment can be a lifesaver. Get rid of that old worn out aluminum net, and upgrade with a custom handmade wooden net donated by Snake River Nets. To help keep all your fishing gear organized, we are also including a top of the line Fishpond Cloudburst gear bag donated by Jimmy’s All Seasons Angler. Don’t miss this opportunity to upgrade all your drift boat accessories in one fell swoop and start enjoying the pampered life.

13. Spey Rod Extravaganza

Spey fishing for salmon, steelhead, and trout has become all the rage. This package comes from the Red Shed Fly Shop in Orofino, a longtime supporter of the Expo, where they know all there is to know about spey fishing. The package includes a 7 wt 12ft 7in Burkheimer 7127-4 Classic rod (4 piece) with a case, a Farlex gear and pawl reel with 150 yds of 30# dacron backing, Gaelforce Equalizer 54ft spey line, and a 12 ft steelhead leader. This is everything you need to get out on the water and bang the lies that have always been just out of reach. To help you figure out all this back and forth and around spey stuff, we are also including a 2-hour instruction session with F.F.F. Master and Two-Hand Certified Casting Instructor and guide, Lee Davison. And last, but not least, to make sure you don’t forget what you’ve learned from Lee, we are included the authoritative book Spey Casting and an instructional DVD, both authored by Simon Gawesworth. This package is your key to learning this new technique. Don’t pass it up!

14. Steelheader Dream Package

If you enjoy steelheading over on the Salmon River near Salmon, Idaho, we’ve really got a treat for you. Veteran guide Dan Hurzler with Rawhide Outfitters has signed up to show you exactly what the famed river has to offer. Dan has graciously offered to host two fishermen for not just one, but two days, sharing with you his knowledge of fly fishing for those elusive steelies. If you are going to spend two days fishing, of course you will need a place to stay, so the package also includes two nights lodging at the Stagecoach Hotel, located right on the Salmon River in the cozy town of Salmon. Before you rest your weary head you will need to fuel up for the upcoming day of fishing, so we are also including two dinners: one at the amazing Shady Nook and a second at the Junkyard Bistro. Don’t miss this chance to enjoy some steelheading in style under the direction of a true master of the sport. Trip includes guided fishing for two people for two days, two nights lodging at the Stagecoach Hotel, and dinners for two at the Shady Nook and Junkyard Bistro. Trip must be taken during the FALL 2017 season.

15. Atlantic Salmon Fly Displays

Thankfully, a number of tiers are ensuring that the art of dressing classic Atlantic Salmon flies is not forgotten. These flies are time consuming and difficult to dress properly. Some materials used in their dressing are difficult and/or expensive to obtain. This year we are pleased to offer two flies from local tiers to celebrate the Atlantic Salmon fly tradition. Our first fly “Black Dog” is by Bruce Staples. Bruce is a nationally recognized tier and recipient of the Federation of Fly Fishing’s prestigious Buz Buszek Award. Our second fly “MSU” is by an up and coming local tyer, Gary Barnes, who is also carrying on the tradition. This fly is Gary’s own design. Each of these beautiful flies will be sold separately. The highest bidder will get first choice after which each remaining fly will be auctioned.

16. Ultimate Fishing Package

This year with generous support from Simms and Loop USA, we are offering the ultimate fishing package containing everything you need to outfit a fisherman or fisherwoman. The package includes a pair of Simms Headwaters Pro waders and Headwaters boots, a Simms G4 Pro Sling Pack, a Loop Incite 9ft 3 piece, 5 wt rod combined with their Xact reel and line, a full fly box, terminal tackle and tools. The waders and boots will be sized at Jimmy’s All Seasons Angler at the purchaser’s convenience, so no worries about the wrong size. It’s the perfect setup to get you out on the water in comfort and style!

17. TroutHunter Guided Trip and Lodge Package

This is your chance for a wonderful trip on the world famous Henry’s Fork! Arrive at your leisure and enjoy a wonderful evening dinner and night’s stay at the TroutHunter Lodge, sleeping right on the banks of the beautiful river. The next morning enjoy a hearty breakfast followed by a full day of guided fishing, stalking wily Henry’s Fork rainbows under the direction of one of TroutHunter’s experienced guides. Later, unwind on the veranda of the Lodge, enjoying the sunset over the river while having dinner. Enjoy another restful night’s sleep dreaming of the one that got away. In the morning have a leisurely breakfast before heading home. Package is for two people and includes a full day guided fishing, two nights stay in the Lodge, and all of your food including 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners at their riverside Lodge and restaurant. Booking dates are based upon availability, so plan ahead. Trip must be taken in the 2017 season.

18. “Wet Neon Brown” – Canvas Print by Bern Sundell

Ennis, Montana artist Bern Sundell knows his fish. This amazing close up of a beautiful brown trout is so life-like you expect it to swim right out of the frame. Bern began fishing when he was nine and now shares his passion through his art. He is a gifted artist in many forms, a skilled printmaker, potter, and jeweler. His true interest is painting and his favorite fish is the great brown trout. Don’t miss this opportunity to collect a truly amazing piece to add to your collection and inspire your future dreams of opportunities to search for this wary adversary.

19. Custom Metal Fireplace Ring with Fly Fishing Scene

Who doesn’t love the warm crackle of a campfire? Now you can add this delight to your backyard. Don’t miss out on this amazing custom fireplace ring made locally by Eagle Rock Fabrication. The fire ring is 3 ft in diameter and features an elaborate fly fishing scene cut into the side. You can roast marshmallows while enjoying the scene silhouetted by your warming fire. Don’t miss the chance to add this beauty to your backyard or cabin atmosphere.

20. Four Hosts / Four Trips

Back by popular demand! Here’s an opportunity to spend a day of fishing, enlightenment, or just ‘’ with some of the area’s most “renowned” fishermen. The trips are all for two people, based upon availability. You and a friend will get to spend an entire day with each of these local experts, fishing some of their favorite local waters. They’re even throwing in lunch for you! This year, the following local legends have signed up for the fun:

Leslie Dal Lago – Float fishing on the South Fork of the Snake River
Jimmy Gabettas – Float fishing for smallmouth bass on the Lower Snake River Chad Hill – Float fishing on the Teton River or Henry’s Fork
Chris Hunt – Walk and wade fishing some of Idaho’s pristine backcountry

21. Custom Bamboo Fly Rod

John Rivera, a local of Idaho Falls and owner of The Fly Rod Company, has graciously donated a custom built bamboo fly rod that you will surely want to add to your quiver John’s has been crafting fine bamboo rods for years sharing his passion for fly rods and fly fishing with many. This is a 2 piece rod with both a 5wt and 6wt tip section, basically two rods in one. It has a medium parabolic action and features a box elder burl cap and ring reel seat and all blued hardware. A storage tube and rod sleeve are also included. Bamboo rods cast with a certain grace that seem linked to their heritage from a slower deliberate age. Space age graphite composite rods from today cast tight loops at bullet speeds but seem to lack the quite patience our sport once embodied. Don’t miss this opportunity to own and fish with a graceful piece of art, fishing as it was intended.

22. Leland Howard “Fall Creek Autumn” Metal Print

We have been fortunate to feature Leland Howard’s unmatched works of art at the Expo for several years. As this piece demonstrates, Leland is an amazing photographer who hails from right here in Shelley, Idaho. Once again, this year he fascinates us with his stunning photography of places that are familiar to many. This year we are offering Fall Creek Autumn, depicting the beauty of Fall Creek Falls on the South Fork of the Snake River in full autumn grandeur. The piece is infused into a coated aluminum sheet, creating vibrant colors not achievable with traditional printing. You don’t have to be a fly-fisher to recognize the beauty of Leland’s work and be proud to display the natural beauty of the wonderful South Fork.

23. South Fork Lodge Fishing and Overnight Package

Few would argue that the South Fork of the Snake River is one of the top ten trout fisheries in the world and a major refuge for Yellowstone Cutthroat trout. This package with the South Fork Lodge operated by Natural Retreats is designed to let you take it all in, with style. The trip includes two guided days fishing. One day will be with one of the many veteran guides of the South Fork Lodge, the second day will be with Lee Moore from their guide staff who is personally donating the 2nd day. You will enjoy chasing native cutties, known far and wide for their love of dry flies. After wearing your arm out catching fish all day, you’ll get to relax and enjoy cocktails while watching the sun set over the beautiful river. A gourmet riverside dinner at the Lodge’s restaurant followed by a comfortable night’s stay in a luxurious lodge room will complete this delightful getaway. Trip is for two anglers, including two guided days of fishing,

dinner for two, and one night’s stay. Trip must be taken in the 2017 season.

24. 2017 ClackaCraft EDDY

Combining characteristics of the 16’ Low Profile and HeadHunter Skiff, the Eddy is capable of sneaking through tight spots with ease, even when fully loaded. Quick enough for the Beaverhead yet stable enough for the Yellowstone, the Eddy is ideally suited for a wide variety of rivers and situations. Gone are the days of sacrificing row-ability for maneuverability. Go ahead, let the big guy sit in back, bolt on the motor; the Eddy can handle it. The package includes the GulfStream® Bottom with a Tunnel Hull and Tracking Channels, Black Painted Trailer, Anchor System, Anchor, Anchor Rope, Cataract Oars, two Padded Fold-Down Seats, Front and Rear Dry Storage Boxes, Dry Storage under Rower’s Bench, Rowers Bench with Rowers Seat, Rear Knee Brace, Level Floors Front and Rear, and Triple-Barrel Rod Holders. Don’t miss your chance to take home a top of the line drift boat for years of enjoyment.