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
To Be Announced

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
Tye-Along with Cory Gail - Flat Wing Streamer

Tue Jan 16, 2018 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144

Guest Speaker
Tim Scott

Tim Scott is one of two founders of the Tie-a-thon program which has gently nudged fly tyers from all over the US and part of the world to donate flies over 100,000 flies to various good causes; who use fly fishing for educational or therapeutic causes.

Twelve years ago Tim Scott and Terry Wittorp came with the idea of the Tie-a-thon, when there were not enough flies of the kids attending the Kalamazoo Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited Youth Camp. The first year Fly Fishers International and Trout Unlimited club members in Indiana and Michigan donated 2,500 flies. Tyers had such a good time, they asked to do the Tie-a-thon the next year.
Free for DRiFT Members...Non-members $5.00 admission.

Tue Jan 23, 2018 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144

Guest Speaker
Gunnar Brammer - Design Principles that Govern Glide baits/Swim baits and How and Why each is constructed the way they are.

Gunnar Brammer is the owner of Brammer's Custom Flies, 26 years old, and currently residing in Duluth, MN. I started fly fishing and tying around the age of 15 but did not really commit myself to the sport until later in life. When I was 22 I was blessed to have spent a summer working for Kelly Galloup out in Montana, and that summer has forever impacted my fishing and tying. I am a passionate streamer fisherman and fly designer chasing smallmouth bass and northern pike in particular, but love to fish for anything with an aggressive nature and bad intentions. I started Brammers Custom Flies in the fall of 2015 and have been pursuing fly design ever since. New ideas behind the vice continue to inspire me and challenge the way I tackle fly design and my approach to fishing. I am currently a HMH Vise Pro Team Member, Hedron Inc. Fly Tying Team Member, FlymenFishingCo. Ambassador, and Deer Creek Pro Team Member. Aside from all of that, I am most excited about teaching fly tying and fly fishing and hope to inspire the next generation of fly fisherman.

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

Tying Session With Gunnar
DRiFT has made arrangements with Gunnar Brammer to conduct a limited size, one on one four hour tying class in the afternoon ahead of the evenings featured presentation. Please see Mark Agresta for class cost and availability.

Tue Jan 30, 2018 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144

Guest Speaker
Ed Engel - Fishing Small Flies

Ed Engle has been an avid fly fisherman for more than 40 years. He has fly fished throughout the continental United States, Alaska, Mexico, Chile, Argentina and in Europe for a variety of game fish species with a special emphasis on trout.

As a fly fisherman Ed is especially interested in small fly tactics and techniques. His small fly fishing research has taken him to a many of the West's famous tailwaters and to spring creeks across the country. He is also dedicated to fly fishing small streams and high country lakes for wild trout. Ed balances out his interest in the "small side of fly fishing" with the avid pursuit of king salmon on the fly.

Ed lives west of Colorado Springs, Colorado within 40 miles of the South Platte River, one of Colorado's premier tailwaters.

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

Tying Session With Ed
DRiFT has made arrangements with Ed Engle to conduct a limited size, one on one four hour tying class in the afternoon ahead of the evenings featured presentation. Please see Mark Agresta for class cost and availability.

Tue Fed 06, 2018 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144

Guest Speaker
Mike Allen - Midwest Waters Angling Co.

Fly Fishing Opportunities in Northern Illinois.

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 Tying 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.

Kurt Nelson grew up in Fox River Valley of Illinois, in the western suburbs of Chicago. He was fortunate to have an excellent smallmouth, carp, and musky fishery in his home town. Kurt has been fishing the waters of Northern Illinois his entire life, while also venturing all around the Midwest in search of trophies. He has excellent knowledge of the fishing seasons and patterns in the area, and really knows how to find fish. He is hard working, knowledgeable, and passionate about fly fishing and the resources in our area. You will have a great time on the water with Kurt, and he will be sure to do everything he can to ensure you have a great time on your next day out on the river.

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

Tue Feb 13, 2018 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Tye-Along with PJ Smith - Pattern to be announced

Tue Feb 20, 2018 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Boy Scout Tye-Along with Fred Hodge and Willie Sm - Renegade Pattern

Tue Feb 27, 2018 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Tye-Along with Carl Butler - Pattern to tbe announced

Tue Mar 06, 2018 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144

Guest Speaker
Mike Schmidt - Fly Fishing Streamers

Mike Schmidt is known by all of his friends as a fish junky - every moment not on the water his mind is occupied with some aspect of fly tying. Rather than focus solely on one specific facet of tying Mike utilizes techniques from across the sport to create flies for chasing just about any species across both fresh and salt water. Admittedly though his passion is for streamer fishing, so much of his spare time is consumed with incorporating the rapidly growing number of synthetic materials along with their natural counterparts to create new streamers. The resulting flies are cutting edge patterns used to fool the most wary fish. Mike is a full time commercial tyer for his company, Anglers Choice Flies, currently based in New Smyrna Beach Florida. Throughout the year he teaches fly tying and fishing techniques at clubs and retail locations throughout the United States and Europe, in addition to spending the winter months travelling to tie and present at fly fishing shows. Mike is a Orvis Signature Tyer as well as being on the pro staffs for Regal Engineering, Clutch Tactical Fly Rods, Vedavoo, and SmithFly.

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

Tying Session With Mike
DRiFT has made arrangements with Mike Schmidt to conduct a limited size, one on one four hour tying class in the afternoon ahead of the evenings featured presentation. Please see Mark Agresta for class cost and availability.

Tue Mar 13, 2018 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144

Guest Speaker
Jason Randall - When All Else Fails; Catching Trout on Slow Days

Jason Randall has been an outdoor writer for the last fifteen years with feature articles appearing regularly in American Angler, as well as Fly Fisherman, Eastern Fly Fishing, Northwest Fly Fishing and many other outdoor magazines. His first book, Moving Water: A Fly Fishers Guide to Currents was released in 2012 by Stackpole/Headwater books. It studies the effect of current on trout, their prey species and presentation, where vertical layers of current create drag and requires adjustments to improve nymph fishing success.

His second book Feeding Time: A Fly Fishers Guide to What, Where and When Trout Eat, was released in August of 2013. It focuses on matching your fishing strategies to the trouts feeding strategies, especially when targeting large trout. In 2014, the third book in the Fly Fishers Guide trilogy was released- Trout Sense; A Fly Fishers Guide to What Trout See, Hear and Smell, which offers anglers an opportunity to know more about the quarry they seek. In April 2017, Jasons forth book was released from Stackpole/ Headwaters Books. Titled Nymph Masters; Fly Fishing Secrets from Expert Anglers, this book explores the depths of nymph fishing and advanced nymph fishing techniques. It incorporates tips and ideas from some if the leading experts in nymph fishing.

In 2017, Jason joined Luminaries Lefty Kreh, Bob Clouser, Ed Jaworowski and many others on the TFO National Advisory Team. In 2017-18, Jason will appear and present at shows, clubs and events throughout the North America.

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

Tue Mar 20, 2018 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144

Guest Speaker
Austin Adduci - Grab Your Fly Charters

Bio to Come...









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

Tue Mar 27, 2018 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Tye-Along with Meg Gallagher - Charlies Secret Attack Midge

Tue Apr 03, 2018 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144

Guest Speaker
Abe Downs - Great Northern Fly Fishing

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. Abes knowledge of Upper Wisconsins 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 Apr 10, 2018 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144

Guest Speaker
Steve Schweitzer - Designing Poppers, Sliders and Divers

Steve Schweitzer was born and raised in Ohio and spent his younger years fishing his parents' farm pond for bass and bluegill with poppers. At age 7, his grandfather taught him the craft of lure-making and he was hooked ever since. Now, an avid fly fisherman and noted fly tyer, Steve enjoys backpacking, hiking and writing about fly fishing and fly tying. Steve is author of the award-winning "A Fly Fishing Guide To Rocky Mountain National Park", and co-authored, "A Fly Fishing Guide to Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness Area" with Mike Kruise. His latest book, "Designing Poppers, Sliders and Divers" is the most comprehensive manual ever written on top water fly lure making. Steve is also a frequent contributor to leading fly fishing periodicals. Steve resides in Northern Colorado.

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

Tue Apr 17, 2018 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144

Guest Speaker
Jeremy & Bill - DuPage Fly Fishing Co.

What's new in fly fishing; materials, clothing and equipment.



Tue Apr 24, 2018 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144

Guest Speaker
Bill Scherer - Fly Fishing for Muskie

Bill specializes in Musky Fly Fishing, but is very adept at catching just about any fish on flies. He holds line class world records for Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, Musky, Speckled Seatrout, & the All Tackle World Record for Gafftop Sail Cat on fly tackle.

Bill has production flies available via Pacific Fly Company and custom tied flies on his website.

As a Fly fishing Guide, Bill has logged countless hours on rivers, lakes, and streams, one of his most noteworthy accomplishments is his pioneering Musky Fly fishing prowess, having exclusively Guided fly anglers for over 5000 Muskies in his 30 year career.

During the past 10 years during the winter months, Bill can be found in Florida around the Mosquito Lagoon and the Everglades Guiding saltwater anglers for Snook, Redfish, Speckled Sea Trout, Tarpon and many other species of saltwater fish on the fly.

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

Tying Session With Bill
DRiFT has made arrangements with Bill Scherer to conduct a limited size, one on one four hour tying class in the afternoon ahead of the evenings featured presentation. Please see Mark Agresta for class cost and availability.

Tue May 01, 2018 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Tye-Along Open Date - Please volunteer to tye!

Tue May 08, 2018 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Tye-Along Open Date - Please volunteer to tye!

Tue May 15, 2017 - 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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