We meet every Tuesday evening from September through May at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL. 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, April Volkey and Pat Cohen. 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)! 

Business Meeting

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 7:00PM - COD, Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1038B

DRiFT Business Meeting - Our first meeting of the 2019-2020 season!

Join us as we discuss all the plans, ideas, initiatives and happenings for the new year. Catch up with friends and share all your summer fishing adventures.


The Ostrich Herl scud


Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 7:00 PM - COD, Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1038B

Tye-Along - the Ostrich Herl Scud with Jim Warren!

Join us as Jim leads us on our first tye-along of the new season! Jim's Ostrich Herl Scud is a great tie -- and it's a real fish catcher. 

Jack gartside Soft Hackle Streamer

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 7:00 PM - COD, Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1038B

Long-time member, Tenkara junkie and bluegill master Kieth Sutherland will lead us on a special tie. Legendary fly designer Jack Gartside perfected a version of a soft hackle streamer. Mr. Sutherland will show us how it's done.

Kieth's presentations are always fun, interesting and educational. Mark your calendars now!



The Squirmy wormy


Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 7:00 PM - COD, Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1038B

If you remember Dennis Parson's enthusiastic and entertaining tie last year, you won't want to miss him this year! Dennis is going to be leading us on a tie of his sure-to-be-instant-classic interpretation of this fish-catching pattern.

Bring your tools and get ready for a great evening.

the gfa hopper

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 7:00 PM - COD, Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1038B


You'll be glad you did because Bob Lindsey will be leading us a tie of one of the most effective patterns you can have in your fly box. Bob is a long-time club member, Board Member and versatile and experienced fly fisherman. Ask him to tell you about the monster brown that he just caught on the DRiFT trip to the Big Horn. Did he catch it on this fly? We're not sure...that will be up to him to reveal. See you there!


DRiFT fall pizza party & Fly Exchange @ pal Joey's


Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 7:00 PM - Pal Joey's 440 Roosevelt Rd #120, West Chicago, IL 60185

Join us for our Fall Pizza Party and Fly Exchange. Free pizza, salad and soft drinks provided. Cash bar available!

Enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow DRiFT members over a night of food and fun. Bring six of your flys to participate in our awesome fly exchange. We're hoping to get 100% participation...so start tying now!

As always, there will be door prizes, raffles and maybe a few surprises. See you there!


Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 7:00 PM - COD, Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1038B

For any of our newer members who don't know Fred Hess, this will be a must-attend meeting. Fred has been one of DRiFT's longest-running members and his knowledge and skill will truly impress you.

Fred is going to be tying his version of a Nordic Caddis Nymph. Knowing Fred, he'll put a unique spin on it and it will be a truly effective pattern!


Hippie stomper


Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 7:00 PM - COD, Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1038B

Looking for a truly innovative fly that catches trout from Montana to Michigan? Wyoming to Wisconsin? California to Connecticut? Look no further than the Hippie Stomper. This unique pattern was famously developed by Andrew Grillos and has been hot ever since. Join us as club member Dan Fisher leads us on this productive and fun-to-tie pattern.

Bring a little Super Glue, a small hair stacker and 6/0 thread!


Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 7:00PM - Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1038B

PAT EHLERS -- Being A Better Predator As An Angler

Join us as for our first guest presentation of the year. A little about Pat:

I started The Fly Fishers in 1988 with little more than a passion for fly fishing and a stubborn mindset to make the shop succeed.  All of these years later the shop is still going and the passion for fly fishing is still there. A passion that is shared by all of the crew here at The Fly Fishers.

The fly fishing business is just that, a business. As a business, it demands we remain passionate about the sport in order to help you enjoy the world of fly fishing. Whether you're joining us on a shop trip to the Caribbean to go flyfishing for Bonefish or just hitting the local pond for some bluegills, we're here to help you enjoy this great sport in any way we can.

We feel an obligation to support some great conservation organizations including Trout Unlimited, the Smallmouth Alliance, the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust and the Ruffed Grouse Society. These organizations help ensure the great outdoor sports we enjoy will be there for us and our kids for years to come. We ask you to get behind organizations like these wherever you live.