DRiFT - DuPage Rivers Fly Tyers - Conserving, Restoring, and Educating Through Fly Fishing

Weekly Meetings and Guest Speakers

DRiFT meets every Tuesday at 7p.m. from September through May at The College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.

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 and Chris Helm. 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 presenting to DRiFT, or learing more about our Tying Program, please contact our Meetings Director by using our Contact Form.

Meeting Schedule 2017-2018 Season

Tue Sep 12, 2017 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
DRiFT Business Meeting - Our first meeting of the 2017-2018 season!

Tue Sep 19, 2017 - 07:00 PM - Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 3526
Tye-Along with Keith Sutherland - Tenkara fishing
Please note the temporary building and room number!

Tue Sep 26, 2017 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Tye-Along with Mike Hamburg - Electric Eel

Tue Oct 3, 2017 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144

Guest Speaker
Allen Gillespie owner of 3 Rivers Anglers, Knoxville, TN

Allen Gillespie, owner of 3 Rivers Angler, was raised on the Tennessee River as it flows through Knoxville. After graduation from the University of Tennessee, his travels and graduate studies took him to some incredible places. Exotic locations, like Indonesia, where he worked with indigenous whalers and the Amazonian Jungles of Bolivia where he lived with the Tsimane Amerindians. He's lived and worked in Buenos Aires Argentina and fished the storied waters of Patagonia. From Patagonia he migrated to New Zealand and stalked the legendary waters of the North and South Islands while teaching Biological Anthropology at the University of Auckland. Allen continues to travel extensively today for work and play and is always in search of his next adventure off the beaten path.

Free for DRiFT Members...Non-members $5.00 admission.

Tue Oct 10, 2017 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Tye-Along with Kyle Morris - Smoke Jumper

Tue Oct 17, 2017 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Presentation with Gordon Koppin - Bamboo Rod's History and Making

Tue Oct 24, 2017 - 07:00 PM
Pizza Party @ Pal Joey's
440 East Roosevelt Road, West Chicago, IL 60185
Please be sure to sign-up for the Pizza Party at a DRiFT meeting prior to the party. We need an accurate head count! Pal Joey's Map

Tue Oct 31, 2017 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
To Be Announced

Tue Nov 7, 2017 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Tye-Along with Lanning Hochhauser - Pattern To Be Announced

Tue Nov 14, 2017 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
To Be Announced

Tue Nov 21, 2017 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Tye-Along with Fred Hess - Sawyer Spinner

Tue May 15, 2017 - 07:00 PM
Year End Pizza Party @ Pal Joey's
440 East Roosevelt Road, West Chicago, IL 60185
Please be sure to sign-up for the Pizza Party at a DRiFT meeting prior to the party. We need an accurate head count! Pal Joey's Map


Our Meeting Schedule will be posted as it becomes available. Please check this page periodically for updates.

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