Ever wanted to own a piece of fly-fishing history? Here’s your chance: The estate of legendary saltwater fly fisherman Billy Pate is holding a public auction of his personal effects.
The auction includes rods, reels and thousands of saltwater flies from his personal collection, used by Pate in his over 40-year pursuit of tarpon and billfish world records. In addition, the auction selection includes numerous pieces of original artwork from renowned artists and photographers including the late Millard Wells, Guy Harvey, Pat Ford, Val Atkinson and others. Attendees will also have the opportunity to bid on mounts of Pate’s world record catches and numerous waterfowl trophies.
The auction begins at Pate’s Islamorada residence on Thursday, May 17 from 5 pm to 8 pm with an exclusive preview party of the collection benefiting Bonefish Tarpon Trust, with a $25 donation. A public preview will then be held on Friday and Saturday May 18 and 19th. The public auction will then get underway beneath a large tent kicking off at 1 pm that Saturday.