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 2016-2017 Season

Tue Sep 13, 2016 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
DRiFT Business Meeting - Our first meeting of the 2016-2017 season!

Tue Sep 20, 2016 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Tye-Along with Keith Sutherland - Yellow Palmer

Tue Sep 27, 2016 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144

Guest Speaker
Jay Anglin - Guide/Owner Anglin Outdoors

Jay Anglin started guiding fishermen and hunters in 1996. His company, Anglin Outdoors specializes in pursuing warm and cold water fish throughout the Michiana area. Jay has guided anglers of all persuasions as well as waterfowl, turkey and upland game hunters throughout the Great Lakes states. Jay met his wife Angie while working towards his biology degree from Northern Michigan University in the Upper Peninsula. The couple live in LaPorte, Indiana with their five children and three Labrador retrievers. When he is not guiding outdoorsmen, Jay writes and works industry trade shows for Traditions Media based in Minneapolis. He has written a weekly outdoor column for the LaPorte Herald Argus for over a decade and spends many hours photographing high school sports for local newspapers as well.

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

Tue Oct 04, 2016 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Tye-Along with George Meessmann - Bergman Midwest Favorites - the coachman and others. Please bring hard as nails and black 6/0 thread.

Tue Oct 11, 2016 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144

Guest Speaker
Paul Beel - Modern Streamers and Classic Michigan Dry Flies

Paul is owner/writer and fly tyer of the website and fly tying business, FrankenFly at http://www.frankenfly.com. He pursued his passion of fishing after watching his grandfather create homemade lures as a kid. He felt he could continue in his grandfather's footsteps as a fly tyer. Paul specializes in modern streamers and classic Michigan dry flies for bass and trout. He is an Orvis Fly Designer, on thr Regal Vise Pro Staff, Partridge of Redditch Pro Team, Deer Creek Pro Staff, and Flymen Fishing Associate. He ties for many fly shops in the Midwest.

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

Tue Oct 18, 2016 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144

Guest Tyer
Rich McElligott - Mitt Nymph

A two year Rainys Flies innovator, president Shabbona Lake Sportsman Club, past officer of ISA, Rich will be tying the Mitt Nymph.

Tue Oct 25, 2016 - 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 Nov 1, 2016 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Tye-Along with Glenn Hazen - Pattern TBA

Tue Nov 8, 2016 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Tye-Along with Fred Hess - Sedge Version #8

Tue Nov 15, 2016 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Tye-Along with Gordon Koppin - Streamer Pattern

Tue Nov 22, 2016 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Tye-Along with John Dyers - Pattern to be announced

Tue Nov 29, 2016 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144

Guest Speaker
Tim Adkins

Tim Adkins is a well-rounded flyfisher, flytyer, researcher and teacher based in Chicago, IL.

Tim's fishing writing and photography have appeared in aTightLoop and The Drake magazines in addition to his blog, Critical Angling. A musky and a tarpon he caught recently appeared in consecutive issues of The Flyfish Journal, thanks to great photography by Adam Alexander. Tim is the co-founder of the "Chi-Tie" Chicago bar flies meetup group, an active member of Illinois Smallmouth Alliance and Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, and he currently offers casting lessons and hosted trips under his brand, Motion Flyfishing.

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

Tue Dec 6, 2016 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144

Guest Speaker
Hunter Dorn - Wisconsin Fly Fishing Company

Hunter Dorn the owner and head guide of Wisconsin Fly Fishing Company (www.wisconsinflyfishingcompany.com) will be joining us December 6th to discuss guiding through the change of seasons. Hunter began his guiding career here in the mid west in 2004 shortly after graduating high school. In 2013 he started Wisconsin Fly Fishing Company. A fly fishing guide service dedicated to high lighting Wisconsin's outstanding fisheries. WFFC concentrates its effort towards the fly pursuit or Trout, Smallmouth, Musky, and Steelhead. Join us as he goes over his average season and explains alittle of what customers can expect out of a guided day on the water.

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

Tue Dec 13, 2016 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Tye-Along with Mick Pope - Copper John

Tue Dec 20, 2016 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Tye-Along with Dan Fisher - Stimulator - Please bring a small hair stack and crazy glue.

Tue Dec 27, 2016 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
No Meeting - Holiday Break

Tue Jan 3, 2017 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
No Meeting - Holiday Break

Tue Jan 10, 2017 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
TBA

Tue Jan 17, 2017 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144

Guest Speaker
Abe Downs - Fishing Opportunities on Northern Wisconsin Rivers

Abe Downs is an Orvis endorsed guide and owner and guide with Great Northern Fly Fishing. Abe specializes in Fly Fishing for Smallmouth Bass and Musky on Upper Wisconsin rivers. Fishing stretches of the Wisconsin River and many other great Northern Wisconsin rivers from Stevens Point north. Abe and his clients ply the water from the comfort of a drift boat. Abe's knowledge of Upper Wisconsin's rivers leads to some of the best Smallmouth Bass and Muskie fishing in the state.

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

Tue Jan 24, 2017 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Tye-Along with Lew Delin - Stonefly Nymph

Tue Jan 31, 2017 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Tye-Along with Glenn Hazen - Lead Eyed Gonga (Sculpin Imitation)

Tue Feb 07, 2017 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Tye-Along with Dan Fisher - Stimulator Pattern - Please bring a hair stacker!

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

Guest Speaker
Greg Senyo

Greg is the owner and operator of Senyo's Steelhead Alley Outfitters, which is an all inclusive educational fly fishing guide service on Lake Erie Tributaries. Along with a dedicated staff of seasoned professionals, Steelhead Alley Outfitters has become notorious for the level of service they provide to their guests in all phases of fly fishing and fly tying.

Greg can also be found assisting Will Turek with Midwest Spey, and on the retail side of the industry due to his partnership with Mike Schultz and Schultz Outfitters. Greg is actively working with Hareline Dubbin LLC. on new product development, innovative fly tying materials, and field testing of the latest fly fishing tackle. Greg is a long time contract tier for the Orvis Company, winning the prestigious fly tier of the year award in 2008. Greg is also a member of the Simms Ambassadors, Regal Vise, and Hatch Reels Pro Staffs.

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

Tue Feb 21, 2017 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Tye-Along with Fred Hodge - Boy Scout Tye Along

Tue Feb 28, 2017 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Tye-Along with Robert Conrad - Crease Fly.

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

Guest Speaker
Craig Riendeau - Rattleback

Craig is a former member of DRiFT and founding member of the ISA BassBuggers. A diehard warm water fisherman, he currently resides in Cumming, Georgia near Lake Lanier with its world class striper and spotted bass fishing. Here he guides part-time, works as a freelance writer and designs fly patterns for Rainy’s Flies Inc. He is a frequent program presenter and demonstrating fly tyer at outdoor shows and conclaves throughout the southeast and Midwest. You can follow him at his website offthedeepedge.com.

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

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

Guest Speaker
Steve Galletta - Fishing The Big Horn River, MT and WY

Steve Galletta is the Owner/Outfitter of the Bighorn Angler Fly Shop and Lodge in Fort Smith, Montana. In July 2015 he published his first book Fly Fishing Guide to the Bighorn River. His presentation will include topics such as techniques, entomology, seasons and stretches of the Bighorn River. Steve will have copies of his book for sale at the presentation.
Visit the Big Horn Angler website: www.bighornangler.com

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

Tue Mar 21, 2017 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Presentation and Tye Along with Gene Kazmark - Fly Fishing Bristol Bay, AK. There will be a Tye-Along after the presentation. Please bring white thread, crazy glue and a dubbing brush or tooth brush.

Tue Mar 28, 2017 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Club Tye-A-Thon Pheasant Tail Nymph and Caddis Nymph - The club will be tying 200 Flies for donation to the Kalamazoo Chapter of TU. Each tye takes just a few minutes and we will produce 200 flies in no time! Please bring a shepard's hook or a dubbing whirl.

Tue Apr 04, 2017 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144

Guest Speaker
Mike Allen - Fishing Local Water (Fox and DuPage Rivers)

Growing up in Illinois, Mike's early years were filled with many days spent along the local banks of the DuPage River, or pond hopping with fly rod in hand. He was lucky enough to have a father who put a fly rod in his hands at a young age, and in doing so Mike fly fished into his teens. After high school, Mike entered military service to serve his country. After his time in the service, Mike longed for something close to nature again. Fly fishing would soon fill this void.

In 1992, the DuPage Rivers Fly Tyers Club became a mainstay in Mike's fishing and fly tying, and he has remained closely involved for the past 20 years. Mike now makes his home in the Fox River Valley. His home waters of the Fox and DuPage Rivers are two of the many watersheds in northern Illinois that he has come to learn and love.

Mike has fished these rivers extensively over the years, and looks forward to sharing all of these truly special waters with you. Mike enjoys all kinds of fishing, but specializes in warm water fly fishing for native smallmouth bass, carp, and pike. Mike is Co-Owner of Midwest Waters Angling Company and welcomes the opportunity to guide you.
Visit the Midwest Waters Angling Company website: www.midwestwaters.com

Tue Apr 11, 2017 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
What's New In Fly Fishing for 2017 presented by DuPage Fly Fishing Company.

Come join us for a hands on presentation as Jeremy Spaccapaniccia and Bill Katzenberger from DuPage Fly share with us what's new this year from equipment to outerwear and tying materials. It's sure to be a very informative evening. Visit the DuPage Fly Fishing Company website: www.dupagefly.com

Tue Apr 18, 2017 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Tye-Along with Joe Merriell - Hydropsyche Larva

Tue Apr 25, 2017 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144

Guest Speaker
PJ Smith, owner of PJ's Guide Service- Fishing The Quiet Waters of Wisconsin.

PJ Smith, owner of PJ's Guide Service, fishing the quiet waters of Wisconsin. PJ uses his lifelong fishing & hunting skills in the pursuit of catching the ever elusive smallmouth, musky and trout. Comfortable at both walk n wade fishing in the Driftless area or running a 15' Stealth Craft drift boat, PJ can guide you on a fly fishing adventure. His confidence, ability to observe, and his patience make him one of the best guides around for new or seasoned anglers. You can like him on Facebook at PJ's Guide Service.

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

Tue May 02, 2017 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144

Guest Speaker
Bill Sherer - We Tie It

Captain Bill Sherer is among the more innovative modern fly tiers in the country, he teaches fly tying, fly fishing and fly casting courses at Colleges and Sports Shows throughout the country. He has published fly fishing and fly tying articles for Fishing & Hunting News, Fly Tyer, American Angler, Midwest Fly fishing, Fly Rod & Reel and many others. He has appeared on various radio and television shows, including CBS, Versus, and on Fly Fishing America's Legends Series.

Bill is a former State Council Chairman of Wisconsin Trout Unlimited, and member of the Federation of Fly Fishers Board of Directors for the Great River Council.

Bill owns and operates Bill Sherer's We Tie It Fly Shop and Northern Adventures Guide Service in Boulder Junction, WI. During the winter months Bill runs a Saltwater Fly Fishing only Charter Service out of Titusville, FL. where hew specializes in sight fishing for Redfish, Speckled trout and Snook.
Visit the We Tie It website: www.wetieit.com

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

Tue May 09, 2017 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Tye-Along with John Colwell - Pattern to be announced.

Tue May 16, 2016 - 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


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