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.
Anyone who knows club Treasurer, Denton Morris, is familiar with his precision and thoughtfulness when tying flies. What you may not know, is that he is a trout ninja, with the humble scud as his weapon of choice. Here's a little about our tie, from Denton himself:
Tonight we're going to be tying scuds! These little guys are found in almost every stream in the world and even in the deepest parts of the ocean where they can grow to over 10 inches long (might want to use sinking tips).
In streams they rarely grow to more than a half inch, so they're typically tied on a size 12 to 24 hook.
We're going to tie it two ways - Ostrich plume body and dubbing body, so if you don't have materials for one you can tie the other!
This scud pattern uses:
- Any scud or nymph hook you have that's size 12 or smaller
- Thread (match your dubbing or leave a high contrast black "head" or a pink hot spot behind the eye, it all works)
- Wire, probably best in gold
- UV epoxy (thick works best)
- Pink fingernail polish (optional, and there are many substitutes you can use)
Just in time for Election Day, our esteemed President Lanning Hochhauser will share his vision for the world of fly fishing. Or at least his vision on how to tie a fish-catching fly. The stone fly is a classic pattern that not only performs in a wide variety of waters, but also can catch a wide variety of fish. Park your vise at our virtual Zoom meeting and tie along!
Stone Fly materials needed:
- #12 straight hook
- Gold bead
- 8/0 black thread (6/0 ok)
- 4 black goose biots
- Body – black yarn or dubbing
- Thorax black dubbing or (UV if you have it)
- Wing-case UV resin