Welcome to the DuPage Rivers Fly Tyers, better known as DRiFT. Technically, we're a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization working to promote water resource conservation and education through fly fishing. Truth be told, however, we're much more than that. We're a group of passionate people who understand the value of sharing the magic of fishing with our children. Of the healing power that our sport can bring to this nation's veterans. Of caring for rivers and lakes to ensure that future generations will benefit from our precious natural resources.
DRiFT is a group of anglers who share a passion for fly tying and fly fishing with others. We meet every Tuesday evening from September through May -- but we do much more than meet. We help conserve the places we fish. We help educate our next generation of fishers through fly tying. We help disabled veterans.
There's nothing like being knee-deep in a stream looking for bugs under a rock to understand how complex relationships lead to healthy, or unhealthy, waterways. Unless it's the thrill of watching a 13-year-old release the bass she's been raising in her classroom back into a local river.
DRiFT members get their hands dirty, or should we say wet, in giving countless hours of time, experience and guidance to important conservation and education projects.
By exploring our website, you will learn about the many ways that DRiFT is passionately involved in conservation, preservation and education through fly fishing. These initiatives derive directly from our organization's bylaws.
- To be established as a non-profit domestic corporation to be organized exclusively for educational and conservation purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c) (3), including for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under Sect. 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of the any future federal tax code.
- To preserve, protect and enhance to it's fullest potential the fresh and salt water fisheries for present and future generations of fly fishers.
- To publicize the best practices and techniques of fly fishing, fly tying, casting and other related subjects.
- To promote fly fishing as a most enjoyable and sporting method of fishing and the method most consistent with the preservation, conservation - wise use - of our fishing waters and game fish.
- To provide assistance, advice and suggestions to other angling groups to help them become more important and effective in their areas.
- To be a voice for organized fly fishing maintaining liaison with other conservation and sporting organizations and with the governmental agencies involved in the many aspects of our sport.
Lanning Hochhauser, President
Mark Agresta, Vice-President
Denton Morris, Treasurer
Lew Delin, Secretary
TBD, Director Media & Marketing
John Dyers, Director Conservation
Bob Lindsey, Director Education
John Loebach, Director Auction
Tom Steele, Director Emeritus
Joe Merriell, Casting Instructor
Alan Kato, Casting Instructor
Donna Smith, Casting Instructor