DRiFT - DuPage Rivers Fly Tyers - Conserving, Restoring, and Educating Through Fly Fishing
"A teacher affects eternity: he can never tell where his influence stops."
- Henry Adams

DRiFT Education Efforts

DRiFT believes the more people learn about Fly Tying and Fly Fishing the more likely they are to care about keeping our waters clean, our fish plentiful and our ecosystems healthy. We are involved in a wide variety of educational endeavors from casting clinics to fly tying. From bamboo rod making to aquatic entomology classes.

We work with kids, war veterans, community groups -- anyone who has a curiosity and the desire to learn. Check out some of the DRiFT education initiatives and get involved!



Trout Unlimited Youth Conservation and Fly Fishing School
We provide financial support to help Trout Unlimited instill the values of conservation in the children of today. We find that when kids understand the value of our natural resources, the become the biggest advocates for a better tomorrow.

Bass In The Class is a Blast
DRiFT purchases bass fingerlings for school children to raise in their classrooms. Once the bass have been growing for six to ten weeks, we supervise their release into local waterways. It's a great way for our kids to connect with nature and become future stewards of our environment.


Take 'em to School
Fishing clubs are springing up all over the country. DRiFT sends our volunteers to Lemont High School in Chicago's SW suburbs to provide instruction in both fly tying and fly casting. At the end of the session, we take the kids out and let them put their new skills to the test.


Fly Casting Instruction/Education -- Drop Us A Line
During warm weather months, DRiFT offers free fly casting clinics on Saturdays in Wheaton, IL. Everyone is welcome to learn from our Federation of Fly Fishers Master Certified casters.


Aquatic Entomology -- It'll Really Bug You
DRiFT's own nationally recognized Aquatic Entomology expert, Dr. Arthur Mazzier, holds annual, multiple-day classes. Learn how to identify and classify just about everything that burrows, swims, crawls, floats and flies in our waterways.

If you are interested in learing more about our Education Program, please contact our Education Director by using our Contact Form.

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