Badger Fly Fishers Fundraiser on May 3rd and Fly Fishing Educational Opportunity

The Badger Fly Fishers (BFF) fundraiser will take place on Wednesday, May 3rd at the Thirsty Goat restaurant, 3040 Cahill Main, Fitchburg.  This is our regular meeting location.  Here is a link to the Thirsty Goat’s website.  The event will allow attendees to have dinner, socialize and browse auction prizes.  The auction will be a combination of 45 silent auction packages and one grand ticket raffle item of a commemorative knife set for the BFF’s 35th anniversary made and donated by John Beth.  Everyone is

familiar with John’s handsome and highly sought after knives.  John’s handmade knife is 7” overall with a 3” blade of beautifully patterned bird’s-eye damascus.  It has 127 layers of 1095 / 15N20 steel(s).  The top of the spine has a hand filed “vine of thorns”.  The handle is exhibition grade stabilized red maple where the front of the wood is bird’s-eye and then the wood transitions to “flame” maple.  There are two 1/8” brass pins and a large dry fly brass mosaic pin in the rear.  The liners on the handle are red and white Vulcanized fabric.  The sheath is 9 oz. premium cowhide with a colorized and embossed leaping brown trout on the front. The letters “BFF” are horizontally across the top and the bold number “35” is on the bottom signifying the 35th Anniversary of the club.  Vintage brass tacks finish the front.  The back of the sheath also has BFF embossed with the year we started in 1988 and our 35th anniversary year of 2023.  The all hardwood magnetic display stand holds the knife, the sheath and has a center display with our club pin inlayed.  Here is a link to a list of all the silent auction packagesThe doors will open at 5:00 to allow time for dinner, the silent auction and grand raffle winners will be announced beginning at 7:00 and the event will be over before 8:00.  Payment can be made by cash, check, or credit card and there is also an ATM available on site.  Visitors and guests are always welcome.

Jason Randall and Mac Brown will be teaching a three-day educational event in the Viroqua, WI area on June 8th to 11th.  Here is a link to all the complete details on the event.  Jason is an accomplished fly fishing author and educator who has made some excellent presentations at our club meetings in the past.  Jason is scheduled again to make a presentation at our September 6, 2023 meeting to kick off our next season of presentations.

See you at this important fundraising event for the club and thank you for your continued support of the Badger Fly Fishers!


Buzz McFly