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.
Kyle Hazelwood is going tubular! It's been quite a while since we've tied a Tube Fly at DRiFT, so whether you're an old pro or looking to learn a new skill, this is the week for you!
Not only is this a custom pattern, the ingredients were selected by Kyle's daughter, Guinevere. Hence the fly's name! Be sure to join us for this unique tie!
- Tube fly needle/adapter. Mandrel size 40 mils
- 1.5” rigid tubing, 0.040" ID, 0.085" mils OD
- 0.5” junction tubing, 0.080" mils ID
- Size 2-6 1X stinger/octopus hook
- Orange tube cone head (Non weighted) 0.085” ID
- 4” black diamond braid
- 4” medium silver French oval tinsel
- 4” black ostrich herl
- 5-7” orange schlappen
- 5-7” black schlappen
- Ice dubbing peacock black
The famous DRiFT Board member Bob Lindsey will be tying the famous Clouser Minnow. Of course, Bob will be putting a twist on it for all of us. This will be a lighter, bead chain version of the original pattern. Bob loves this pattern for bass and large panfish...or as a streamer for trout. Yes, this is a timeless bait pattern that works. Just a side note: Orivs calls this pattern a Freshwater Clouser, while others deem it a Skinny Water Clouser. It catches fish no matter what you call it.
BEAD CHAIN CLOUSER MATERIALS:
Hook: Any 3 XL streamer hook (I am using a size 10)
Thread: White 6/0
Eyes: Bead chain (silver or any color you would like)
Belly: White bucktail.
Flash: Gold Krystal Flash (or any color that likes good with the color of your back)
Back: Any color you like bucktail.
Head: Tying thread.
Head coating: Cement or epoxy
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.