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 - Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1038B
Presentation with Fred Hess - Barothy's Steelhead Trip Presentation

Tue Dec 11, 2018 - 07:00 PM - Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1038B
Tye-Along with Doug Panozzo - Hawkins Hat Trick Streamer

Tue Dec 18, 2018 - 07:00 PM - Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1038B
Tye-Along with Dale McDonald - Pan Fish Nymph

Tue Dec 25, 2017 - 07:00 PM - Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1038B
No Meeting Holiday Break

Tue Jan 01, 2019 - 07:00 PM - Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1038B
No Meeting Holiday Break

Tue Jan 08, 2019 - 07:00 PM - Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1038B
Tye-Along with Robert Conrad - Intruder

Tue Jan 15, 2019 - 07:00 PM - Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1038B
Presenation with Lew Delin - Oregon Trail/Big Horn River Presentation

Tue Jan 22, 2019 - 07:00 PM - Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1038B
Presentation Gordon Koppin - Restoring Grandpa's Bamboo Rod

Tue Jan 29, 2019 - 07:00 PM - Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1038B

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 - Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1038B

Guest Speaker
Mike Richardson






Tue Feb 12, 2019 - 07:00 PM - Note Room Change Berg Education Center (BEC), Room 2527
Guest Speaker Mike Richardson - Whitetail Fly Tieing Supplies

Tue Feb 19, 2019 - 07:00 PM - Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1038B
Tye-Along Tom Steele - Egg Flies 101 (Please bring red 6/0 or 8/0 thread

Tue Feb 26, 2019 - 07:00 PM - Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1038B
Guest Speaker

Eric Hackman with Coren's Rod & Reel - Development of Fly Fishing Rods










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

Tue Mar 05, 2019 - 07:00 PM - Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1038B

Guest Speaker
Kyle Zemple - Black Earth Angling Co
Fishing Opportunities of SW Wisconsin

Kyle Zempel was introduced to the sport of fishing at a very young age by his grandfathers on the numerous lakes Northern Wisconsin. He was educated on Southwest Colorado's rushing waters, having the unique opportunity to live on the Animas River for numerous summers. Kyle currently resides in the rural bluffs of Black Earth, WI, where in 2013, he created Black Earth Angling Co. , a fly fishing guide outfit focused providing clients with one-of-a-kind fishing experiences. Kyle guides full time for Driftless trout and the diverse warm water opportunities of the Wisconsin River. Kyle has become well known for his guide work on the Wisconsin River, specifically The Crash, and his work with a camera in the field as a fly fishing photographer. His photo work has appeared in The Flyfish Journal, Eastern Fly Fishing, The Drake, aTightloop.com, Midcurrent.com, Hatch.com. Kyle has been lucky enough to fish in Mexico, Bahamas, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, and extensively throughout the United States.
Free for DRiFT Members...Non-members $5.00 admission.

Tue Mar 12, 2019 - 07:00 PM - Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1038B
Tye-Along with John Kowlaski - Hair jig

Tue Mar 19, 2019 - 07:00 PM - Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1038B

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 26, 2019 - 07:00 PM - Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1038B
Presentation Gordon Koppin - Restoring Grandpa's Bamboo Rod

Tue Apr 02, 2019 - 07:00 PM - Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1038B

Guest Speaker
PJ Smith - PJ's Guide Service

Program description to follow










Tue Apr 09, 2019 - 07:00 PM - Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1038B

Presentation Michael Moline Streamside Furled Leaders

My journey in furling started 41 years ago. I asked my Dad for the umpteenth time when are you going to teach me to use a fly rod? His response was when you sit still long enough to learn how to make a furled leader. So I learned! I started off spinning them up with an old hand cranked drill with a paperclip. Over the years I mainly made my leaders for friends and family or traded them for flies. I was in and out of fly fishing from my early thirties until forty something. I had lost most of my fly fishing gear after my divorce. I decided to get back in about 20 years ago. I went on eBay to get some leaders and choked at the cost! I went to Home Depot got the parts and made up a jig. After I made a few Kathie said why not put a few up on eBay? I did and boy has it been a ride! In 2001 a friend of mine just got back from a deployment in Japan and when he came back he brought a bamboo Tenkara rod. I thought he wanted me to finish it, reel seat and guides. He laughed and showed me how to use it. I was hooked. Made my first Tenkara lines that day! Now I average around 8000 western style leaders and Tenkara lines a year. My equipment has become more sophisticated but I still enjoy furling almost as much as fishing!

Tue Apr 16, 2019 - 07:00 PM - Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1038B
Presentation Fred Hodge from DRiFT and Willie Beshire Illinois Council TU AuSable Youth Camp presentation, DRiFT Scout Night.

Tue Apr 23, 2019 - 07:00 PM - Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1038B

Presentation Mike Vassar VP Sales Robart Manufacturing Midwest Distributor ZAP Products

Zap Adhesives is the premium CA/Superglue on the market. Our adhesives span many different industries from Fly fishing and model building to woodworking and manufacturing. The Zap line, and more specifically Zap-A-Gap, is coveted by the fly fishing community due to the performance that it offers. Zap does not soften or whiten underwater. Zap bonds most materials, including natural and synthetic. Zap offers multiple viscosities to insure the proper bond for the proper recipe.

Mike Vassar is the VP of sales for Robart Manufacturing. Robart is a Master Distributor of the Zap Adhesives line of products. I grew up as a conventional angler mainly chasing Walleyes, Whitebass and Muskies throughout Wisconsin. With the conversion of the Wolf River Rig from a minnow rig to a fly rig some years ago, I started dipping my toe into fly tying. Having the ability to customize my flies changed the game for me. More recently, I have married into a family that has property on the Menominee River and now I am starting to chase the smallmouth with a fly rod and changing my style of fishing.

Tue Apr 30, 2019 - 07:00 PM - Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1038B

Guest Speaker
Jeremy & Bill - DuPage Fly Fishing Co.

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



Tue May 07, 2019 - 07:00 PM - Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1038B

Presentation Orvis Yorktown - Glenn Martenson and Ray Bley from Orvis Chicago.


Review of new products, rods, reels, gear, waders and boots





























Tue May 14, 2019 - 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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