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.
Pat Ehlers is making an encore presentation at DRiFT -- as our first-ever virtual guest presenter!
Our evening with Pat will be a discussion rather than a traditional presentation. So get ready to pick the brain of one of the most knowledgable guys in the fly fishing industry.
What do you want to ask Pat? How about?
Trout, bass, pike, muskies, peacock bass, golden dorado, other jungle species, all saltwater species including billfish.
Maybe you're interested in fly rod and fly line design. Pat will have you covered.
Fly Tying? Fly casting? Travel? Boats for fly fishing? Let's talk!
Questions on guiding from a guides point of view? Check!
(Investing in the stock market? Well, do so at your own risk.)
As you can see this will be a wide ranging conversation. What a great way to kick off 2021 -- and hopefully put the end of this pandemic in our crosshairs.
Tim Scott is a co-founder of the Tie-a-thon program which has gently nudged fly tyers from all over the world to donate over 150,000 flies to various good causes; who use fly fishing for educational or therapeutic causes.
He has been tying for 25 years and usually ties at least one fly every night. He has patterns featured in Ann Miller’s “Hatch Guide to the Upper Midwest.” Tim’s love of fly fishing and tying has translated well into the passion or helping others through the Tie-a-thon.
Tim has a degree in Photojournalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked as a news photographer round the nation. He also has combined his skills as a photographer and fly fisherman which lead to past articles and photographs in “Catch” and “The Drake” Magazine. Tim has donated images to fly fishing non-profits, such as the Fly Fishers International and Trout Unlimited.
Tim chases trout, smallies and steelhead about 80 days of the year in Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Colorado. He and his wife, Karen, live a block-and-a half off the St. Joseph River in South Bend Indiana.
Fifteen years ago Tim Scott and Terry Wittorp came up with the idea of the Tie-a-thon, when the Kalamazoo Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited Youth Camp did not have enough flies. That first year, Fly Fishers International and Trout Unlimited club members in Indiana and Michigan donated 2,500 flies. Tyers had such a good time, they asked to do it again.
With this Tie-a-thon, tyers have donated over 150,000 flies or over $450,000 to non-profit groups using fly fishing for education or therapy. The Tie-a-Thon has gained attention among tyers donating from 35 states, two Canadian providences and Fiji. Recently, the Tie-a-thon was featured in the 2020 Summer Edition of “Fly Tyer” Magazine.