This season we will be meeting virtually on scheduled Tuesday evenings from September through May. Please see schedule below. 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)! If you are interested in joining us, please fill out an application and return to: DRiFT P.O. Box 5028 Wheaton, IL 60189.
Just when you thought DRiFT meetings were finished for the season...
Kelly Galloup needs no introduction, but he'll get one anyway. Kelly started his professional fly fishing adventure at age 13, tying flies for a local shop. By age 16 Kelly was guiding and thirty years later, he hasn't stopped.
Kelly owned and operated a fly shop in Northern Michigan for twenty years before heading West to Montana where he purchased the Slide Inn Lodge on the banks of the Madison River, which he owns and operates today.
Along the way he's written two books, "Modern Streamers for Trophy Trout" and "Cripples and Spinners", hosted Fly Fish TV, written articles for nearly every major fly fishing periodical, was an Editor at Large for Fly Fisherman magazine and received the "Living Legend" award from the Federation of Flyfishers.
The more you listen to Kelly Galloup talk about fly fishing, the more your perspective on this sport is apt to change. Kelly will explain that as trout grown in size they morph from a timid, bug sipping creature into a top river predator that needs protein to survive, and the way to catch those big trout is to "Make your fly a meal".
Kelly Galloup is one of the foremost authorities on streamer fishing and is the creator of some of the most colorful (and colorfully named) streamer patterns on the planet. The "Zoo Cougar", "Boogie Man" and everyone's favorite "Sex Dungeon" are just a few. His flies are included in Field and Stream's "Encyclopedia of Bait".
Tonight Kelly will be talking about targeting predatory trout with streamers. He will cover how to, where to, and what to use, to give us the best chance to get that really big trout.