DRiFT - DuPage Rivers Fly Tyers - Conserving, Restoring, and Educating Through Fly Fishing

Weekly Meetings and Guest Speakers

DRiFT meets every Tuesday at 7p.m. from September through May at The College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.

Tuesday nights are the opportunity to learn something new! Typically, one of our members will teach us how to tie a new fly pattern...or demonstrate a new technique. Several times a year, "celebrity" fly tyers and other fly fishing experts join us to share their knowledge and expertise. Past guests have included prominent tyers such as A.K. Best, Bob Clouser, Oliver Edwards and Chris Helm. We also welcome speakers of local interest; in fact, you just might learn how to find Muskies on the Fox River (yes our Fox River)!

If you are interested in presenting to DRiFT, or learing more about our Tying Program, please contact our Meetings Director by using our Contact Form.

Meeting Schedule 2017-2018 Season

Tue Sep 12, 2017 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
DRiFT Business Meeting - Our first meeting of the 2017-2018 season!

Tue Sep 19, 2017 - 07:00 PM - Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 3526
Tye-Along with Keith Sutherland - Tenkara fishing
Please note the temporary building and room number!

Tue Sep 26, 2017 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Tye-Along with Mike Hamburg - Electric Eel

Tue Oct 3, 2017 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144

Guest Speaker
Allen Gillespie owner of 3 Rivers Anglers, Knoxville, TN

Allen Gillespie, owner of 3 Rivers Angler, was raised on the Tennessee River as it flows through Knoxville. After graduation from the University of Tennessee, his travels and graduate studies took him to some incredible places. Exotic locations, like Indonesia, where he worked with indigenous whalers and the Amazonian Jungles of Bolivia where he lived with the Tsimane Amerindians. He's lived and worked in Buenos Aires Argentina and fished the storied waters of Patagonia. From Patagonia he migrated to New Zealand and stalked the legendary waters of the North and South Islands while teaching Biological Anthropology at the University of Auckland. Allen continues to travel extensively today for work and play and is always in search of his next adventure off the beaten path.

Free for DRiFT Members...Non-members $5.00 admission.

Tue Oct 10, 2017 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Tye-Along with Kyle Morris - Smoke Jumper

Tue Oct 17, 2017 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Presentation with Gordon Koppin - Bamboo Rod's History and Making

Tue Oct 24, 2017 - 07:00 PM
Pizza Party @ Pal Joey's
440 East Roosevelt Road, West Chicago, IL 60185
Please be sure to sign-up for the Pizza Party at a DRiFT meeting prior to the party. We need an accurate head count! Pal Joey's Map

Tue Oct 31, 2017 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Tye-Along with Bob Kozurek - Hobgobin Matuka

Tue Nov 7, 2017 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Tye-Along with Lanning Hochhauser - Pattern To Be Announced

Tue Nov 14, 2017 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144

Guest Speaker
Pat Cohen

My name is Pat Cohen. I live in upstate New York where there is an abundance of warm water streams, lakes, and farm ponds to fish; although most anything with gills is fair game. I was always a terrible fisherman with spin and casting gear, but I began fly fishing in 2008 and since then I have caught more fish than I can count. I have been tying flies since January of 2009. Fly fishing and tying have become an essential part of my life.
I specialize in deer hair bass bugs, but I tie everything from streamers to nymphs. The artistic freedom that fly tying offers is what drew me to it. All of my flies are meant to be fished with the exception of the display offerings. Every piece of each bug - be it the hair, feathers, or weed guards - has a purpose. The final product is a fish catching fly and a miniature sculpture all in one. To my way of thinking, there is nothing like watching a five pound bucketmouth or an 18 inch smallie erupting from the water to crush one of my bugs as it's drawn across the surface.

Free for DRiFT Members...Non-members $5.00 admission.

Tue Nov 21, 2017 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Tye-Along with Fred Hess - Sawyer Spinner

Tue Nov 28, 2017 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144

Guest Speaker
Dick Dragiewicz

The Menominee River is being threatened by a proposed metallic sulfide mine. One edge of this open pit/underground mine would be within 150 feet of Michigan's Menominee River shoreline. Too close to expect that the mine operations won't harm the river. Am working with many others to prevent this mine from being approved and developed. Will explain the hazards of the mine and provide reasons to oppose the approval of the mine. DRIFT has significantly supported the opposition to the mine with a major economic contribution and with timely written comments.

Free for DRiFT Members...Non-members $5.00 admission.

Tue Dec 05, 2017 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Tye-Along with Steve Schroyer - TeQueely Streamer

Tue Dec 12, 2017 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Tye-Along with Dan Fisher - Simple Scud

Tue Dec 19, 2017 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Tye-Along with Wayne Bernahl - Pattern To Be Announced

Tue Dec 26, 2017 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
No Meeting Holiday Break

Tue Jan 02, 2018 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
No Meeting Holiday Break

Tue Jan 09, 2018 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Presentation by Cory Gale, Spinning Deer Hair (Please Note: This is not a tye along)

Tue May 15, 2018 - 07:00 PM
Year End Pizza Party @ Pal Joey's
440 East Roosevelt Road, West Chicago, IL 60185
Please be sure to sign-up for the Pizza Party at a DRiFT meeting prior to the party. We need an accurate head count! Pal Joey's Map


Our Meeting Schedule will be posted as it becomes available. Please check this page periodically for updates.

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