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)! 

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Steve schroyer -- prince nymph

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 7:00 PM - COD, Technical Education Center

Club member Steve Schroyer will show us his exceptional handiwork...and his passion for sharing a fly pattern that should be in every single fly box.


The famous Prince Nymph is one of those flys that is always among the top-producers all across the country. It's definitely a bit of a challenge, but it's well worth mastering this one.


See you there!

Lanning hochhauser -- POLISH WOVEN NYMPH

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 7:00 PM - COD, Technical Education Center (TEC)

Hail to the chief! Our esteemed President, Lanning Hochhauser, will be front and center this week. He'll be leading us on a tie that is sure to up our skills with a very unique technique.


Not only will the Polish Woven Nymph expand our fly tying skills, it's sure to put another fly in our arsenal that will improve our fish-catching skills as well.


MAKE SURE TO BRING A DUBBING TWISTER (and a desire to add embroidery to your arsenal)!

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Fisheries Management in the Forest Preserves of Cook County

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 7:00 PM - COD, Technical Education Center

No, we are not tying a pattern with Snowy Owl feathers (that is very illegal). Even better, we have a special guest presentation. James Phillips, a fisheries biologist with the Cook County Forest Preserve District, will be here to discuss how the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s Fisheries Section manages over 40 lakes for the citizens of Cook County and Illinois. He will share all about the recreational opportunities provided to the angling public by the Forest Preserves.


Jim started working for the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s Fisheries Section as a Fisheries Aid over 32 years ago.  Over the past eighteen years he has been one of two Fisheries Biologists managing the Forest Preserves 40 plus fishing lakes. Some of his duties include conducting fish population surveys, aquatic vegetation management, fish stocking and public outreach.  Jim’s interests outside of work include birding, nature photography and traveling; especially canoeing and fishing northern Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Tim Scott - Founder of the tie-a-thon

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 7:00 PM - COD, Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1038B

Please join us for this very special meeting. DRiFT and The Tie-a-thon have formed a strong relationship over the past several years. We have tied thousands of flys each year for a worthy cause. For the first time, we will be presenting the thousands of flys tied by DRiFT members directly to Tim.


The Tie-a-thon was founded by Tim Scott of South Bend, IN and with Terry Wittorp of Dowagiac, MI in the fall of 2006 when Kalamazoo Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited (KVCTU) needed flies for their Youth Camp.  The Tie-a-thon concept asked tyers to produce 100 flies of one pattern and donated them so the kids could fish. When the first Tie-a-thon wrapped up, in the spring of 2007, tyers donated 2,500 flies to KVCTU. From that first event, tyers were interested in continuing the Tie-a-thon, and 13 years later, tyers have donated over 131,500 flies to 16 different non-profit organizations and good causes which use fly fishing for either therapy or education.


Tim Scott has been fly-fishing and tying for 26 years. He and his wife Karen are 26-year residents of South Bend, Indiana, where they live a block and a half from the St. Joseph River and where Tim chases smallmouth and steelhead. Fly fishing and fly tying has been the center of Tim’s spare time, when he is not working as the Director of Material Management for a Goshen Indiana Tier 1 automotive parts supplier. Tim is also a three term South Bend Common Council member and the President of the Council, but he still finds time to fish about 75 days out of the year and tie flies almost daily. He and his wife travel often to Colorado, Michigan and their home state of Missouri, where fly-fishing is always part of their trips. Tim has a photojournalism degree from Mizzou and has been published in the Drake and Catch magazines.


Visit The Tie-a-thon Facebook Page!

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Kyle hazelwood -- Hairwing broara Salmon Fly

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 7:00 PM - COD, Technical Education Center

Make plans for a very special evening and a unique tie. Club member Kyle Hazelwood will lead us on the challenging and satisfying opportunity to tie a classic Hairwing Salmon Fly!


It has been quite a few years since we've tackled one of the classics at DRiFT, so make sure not to miss it. We are securing all of the special materials used to tie this fly. All you have to bring is yourself...and the desire to tie something truly unique.

winter smallmouth -- Midwest waters Angling co.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 7:00 PM - COD, Technical Education Center

Our good friends Mike Allen (a very long-time member, by the way) and Kurt Nelson will be here to help keep your fishing season extended throughout the year. They'll be sharing a very interesting presentation on how to catch those Smallies in the winter. Yes, the winter!


If you haven't noticed, Mike and Kurt have been growing a dynamic and expanding guiding business. They specialize in Illinois waters within a couple hours of our area.


Check out their website: www.midwestwaters.com 

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PROGRAM TO BE ANNOUNCED 4/7

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Tuesday, 4/7 - 7:00 PM - COD, Technical Education Center (TEC)

The programs for these evening sessions will be announced shortly.

Ray Bley -- Fly Fishing Manager Orvis Chicago

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - 7:00 PM - COD, Technical Education Center

Join us for a special guest presentation from our good friends at Orvis Chicago.


Ray Bley is a Chicago area fly angler and fly tier. He grew up fishing the lakes and rivers throughout the City and Suburbs. Ray’s passion is targeting the the warm water species of the Midwest, especially smallmouth bass. Ray has developed his baitfish pattern to cater to the smallmouth in our local waters.


You're sure to pick up a ton of valuable information and insight from this one...Ray shares a lot of his insight and experience!


Visit Orvis Chicago: https://stores.orvis.com/us/illinois/chicago



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PROGRAMs TO BE ANNOUNCED 4/21 thru 5/5

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Tuesday, 4/21 through Tuesday, 5/5- 7:00 PM - COD, Technical Education Center (TEC)

The programs for these evening sessions will be announced shortly.

Spring Pizza Party & Fly Exchange -- Pal Joey's

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - 7:00 PM - Pal Joey's 440 Roosevelt Rd #120, West Chicago, IL 60185

It will be the end of another season at DRiFT, but we'll be closing the year with a bash. Our year-end Pizza Party and Fly Exchange it the perfect final "meeting."


We'll have free pizza, salads and soft drinks (there is a cash bar)! As usual, we'll have door prizes, special raffles and maybe a few other surprises. Don't forget to tie your six flies and bring them along to trade as you get ready to make Summer fishing plans with your DRiFT buddies!

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