It's the social event of the year if you happen to love sloshing around in Black Hills streams with a fishing rod in hand.
It's also a good place to pick up a new reel or set of waders and hear the latest in fishing news.
The Black Hills Fly Fishers Annual Auction on Saturday night at The Journey Museum will have a variety of new fly fishing gear up for auction, with proceeds committed to stream and lake improvement projects in the Black Hills region.
Ev Hoyt of Rapid City, a board member and treasurer for Black Hills Fly Fishers, said fly rods, reels, vests, waders and other gear will go on the auction block beginning at 7 p.m. But the doors open at 5:30 p.m. Hoyt recommends an early arrival to allow time to examine auction items, sample hors d'oeuvres and share conversation with others interested in angling.
"For a fly fisherman or other angler or sportsmen and sportswomen in general, it's just a wonderful place to have a good time and mix it up with others who share those passions," Hoyt said. "It's always entertaining. The food is great, and the proceeds help support important stream- and lake-rehabilitation projects.
"You just leave the auction feeling good about helping out," he said.
Admission is $10, and there is a cash car tended by Journey Museum volunteers. There is no charge for hors d'oeuvres.
The Fly Fishers use donated funding to buy fishing gear at good prices for auction at the event. Most of the gear is new.
Over the years, the Fly Fishers have contributed more than $100,000 in private-sector donations to stream and lake projects. When matched by government funding sources, the cost of that work tops $1 million.