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 2018-2019 Season

Tue Sep 11, 2018 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
DRiFT Business Meeting - Our first meeting of the 2018-2019 season!

Tue Sep 18, 2018 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Tye-Along with Denton Morris - Skykomish Sunrise

Tue Sep 25, 2018 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Tye-Along with Keith Sutherland - Trooper Streamer

Tue Oct 02, 2018 - 07:00 PM - Note Room Change Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1429
Tye-Along with Steven Schroyer - Tarpon Toad

Tue Oct 09, 2018 - 07:00 PM - Note Room Change Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1429
Tye-Along with Jim Warren - Mrs Simpson (trout fly)

Tue Oct 16, 2018 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Tye-Along with Dan Fisher - Royal Wulff

Tue Oct 23, 2018 - 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 30, 2018 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Tye-Along with Bob Lindsey - Renegade variation

Tue Nov 6, 2018 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Meeting John Dyers - Bass in The Class Night!

Tue Nov 13, 2018 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Tye-Along Kyle Hazelwood - Gotcha

Tue Nov 20, 2018 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Tye-Along with Dennis Parsons - Humpy

Tue Nov 27, 2018 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Tye-Along with Bob Charles - Crayfish

Tue Dec 04, 2018 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Presentation with Fred Hess - Barothy's Steelhead Trip Presentation

Tue Dec 11, 201 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Tye-Along with Doug Panozzo - Hawkins Hat Trick Streamer

Tue Dec 18, 2018 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Tye-Along with Dale McDonald - Pan Fish Nymph

Tue Dec 25, 2017 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
No Meeting Holiday Break

Tue Jan 01, 2019 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
No Meeting Holiday Break

Tue Jan 08, 2019 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Tye-Along with Robert Conrad – TBA

Tue Jan 15, 2019 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Presenation with Lew Delin - Oregon Trail/Big Horn River Presentation

Tue Jan 22, 2019 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Presentation Gordon Koppin – Restoring Grandpa's Bamboo Rod

Tue Jan 29, 2019 - 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.

Tue Feb 05, 2019 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144

Guest Speaker
Mike Richardson






Tue Feb 12, 2019 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Scout Night with Fred Hodge - Our annual tying session with the Scouts

Tue Feb 19, 2019 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
TBA To Be Announced

Tue Feb 26, 2019 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
TBA To Be Announced

Tue Mar 05, 2019 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
TBA To Be Announced

Tue Mar 12, 2019 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Tye-Along with John Kowlaski - Hair jig

Tue Mar 19, 2019 - 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 Mar 12, 2019 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Tye-Along with Mike Hamburg - Crain Fly


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

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