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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It's a streamer. It's a nymph. It's THE STRYMPH! Join us as club member Bob Charles leads us on a tie of this unique pattern. The fly was developed by Harry Murray and is effective for both bass (sizes 4 & 8) and trout (sizes 8 & 10). The Strymph is quite versatile and can be used effectively when fished upstream, downstream or across stream in all types of water.
If you've never tied using a dubbing loop, this is a great pattern to learn the technique!
The program for this evening will be announced shortly.
Russ has had a powerful influence on fly fishing in the Midwest, developing countless innovative fly patterns as well as fishing techniques. During his career, Russ has been in almost every major fly-fishing publication where his creativity and deep passion for this sport can be illustrated.
Russ hails from Traverse City, Michigan and currently fishes more than most can claim. The upper portion of the Manistee River is home for this die-hard passion, chasing big browns. He also guides on the Boardman, Betties, Here, Marquette and lower Manistee, focusing on all species including salmon and steelhead. He also dreams of big carp when he can sneak away from his other fisheries.
Here's a great quote about Russ from Kelly Galloup: "I don't think there's a time Russ doesn't think about fishing. It's pretty hard to go 24-7, but I'd say he does 22-7."
Our good friend Jeremy Spaccapaniccia from DuPage Fly Fishing Company will be here to ease your confusion! There has been so much innovation in fly line technology. There have never been so many high-quality fly lines. There have never been more types, weights, grains, colors of fly lines. So how do you decide which line is best for you?
Have no fear, Jeremy will fill us all in on the differences and options available today and help make it easier for you to select the right line for your warm water fishing. Jeremy has years of experience fishing the area, and of course, has one of the largest selections of fly lines (and fly fishing gear) in our area.
This is a presentation that you don't want to miss!
We will not be meeting this evening in celebration of the holidays
We will not be meeting this evening in celebration of the holidays.
Club member Robert Conrad will be starting the new year with some fireworks. He's not just leading us on a tie of the famous Renegade pattern. No, we're getting more bang for our buck with the Double Renegade! Join us for this tie-along on a pattern that will have you wishing that the upcoming trout season.
How to cast for, hook, and land Musky without killing yourself or the fish.
Dan Boggs is the owner of The Flying Musky Guide Co. based out of Stevens Point, WI. He has been a guide since 2004 with his first company being DB Guide Service. He then owned Blackwater Fly Fishing and changed to The Flying Musky Guide Co. in 2016. He guides full time for trout on the spring waters of the driftless and the waters of Northern Wisconsin for Musky and Smallmouth bass.
Dan is a Certified Casting Instructor with FFFI and has been a fly fishing instructor for
many different on the water schools. A real passion for fishing with years of experience
to educate clients, his enthusiasm for the fish and guiding are clearly evident on trips he provides.
Dan lives with his wife and 2 sons in Stevens Point, WI and when not guiding or spending time with his family, enjoys traveling to fish - especially the salt.
The Flying Musky Guide Co.
Dustan Harley was born less than a mile from the Saint Joseph River and can’t remember a time when he wasn’t on the river fishing. He grew up fishing on the rivers of Indiana and Michigan and is lucky enough today to spend most days on those same rivers. He founded Ripple Guide Service in 1999 to give fishermen an unforgettable experience. He guides the rivers of Indiana and Michigan for steelhead, salmon, trout, smallmouth bass, pike, and just about anything else that swims. Dustan has also spoken to fly fishing clubs from Tennessee to California. When not on the river, he can be found fishing with his children or designing new flies for the fish he loves to fool.
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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.