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 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, Mike Fleetwood, by using our Contact Form.

Meeting Schedule 2013-2014 Season


Tue Sep 10, 2013 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144 (Formerly 1450A)
DRiFt Business Meeting

Tue Sep 17, 2013 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144 (Formerly 1450A)
Guest Speaker
Sarah Zack - Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist, Illinois - Indiana Sea Grant College Program

Activities: Aquatic invasive species outreach to recreational water users.
Program Affiliates: Illinois - Indiana Sea Grant, http://www.iiseagrant.org
Education: M.S. (2010 Biology (emphasis on Aquatic Ecology), Loyola University Chicago
B.S. (2001) Zoology and Biological Conservation, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Tue Sep 24, 2013 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144 (Formerly 1450A)
Allen Moore - Green Lantern

Tue Oct 1, 2013 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144 (Formerly 1450A)
Guest Speaker
Ann R. Miller, Presentation on: Understanding Hatches - The Key to Better Fly Fishing

Ann Miller, an aquatic biologist and writer, lives in southwest Michigan with her husband and three daughters. She fishes and wanders throughout the Midwest and beyond, but is partial to rivers in northern Michigan where she has a cabin overlooking a trout stream. Ann Miller has been fishing her entire life, but can now say that she has been exclusively fly fishing for more than half that time. A member of the Federation of Fly Fishers and Trout Unlimited, she decided to become more active in the Great Lakes Council nearly 20 years ago, becoming editor of the now defunct newsletter, The Leader. Editing quickly lead to writing, and before long she was penning essays for other publications. Tom Helgeson encouraged her to submit her work to Midwest Fly Fishing, and soon she was writing her own bimonthly column, Natural Settings, for the magazine. Ann’s most recent project stemmed from her love of fly fishing and teaching. While teaching beginning and intermediate fly fishing schools, she became frustrated with the lack o f comprehensive Midwest information on insect hatches, taxonomy, behavior, and flies to match them. An aquatic biologist, she decided to tackle the world of bugs head on, and has just completed Hatch Guide for Upper Midwest Streams. The field guide was published in January, 2012 (Frank Amato Publications). In addition to writing, Ann is a founder and current president of Flygirls, an organization whose purpose is to help women to get into the field of fly fishing. The club was founded in 1996 and continues in its purpose to teach women to fly fish as well as provide fly fishing and fly tying outings in Michigan. More information on Flygirls can be found at http://flygirls.ws.

Tue Oct 8, 2013 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144 (Formerly 1450A)
Rich McElligott - Shabbona Shad Fly

Tue Oct 15, 2013 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144 (Formerly 1450A)
Keith Sutherland - The Cypert Minnow

Tue Oct 22, 2013 - 07:00 PM
Pizza Party
Pal Joey's
440 East Roosevelt Road, West Chicago, IL 60185
Map

Tue Oct 29, 2013 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144 (Formerly 1450A)
Guest Speaker
Mat Wagner - Driftless Angler

The owner of the Driftless Angler, Mat has been fly fishing and working in shops since he was 14. Born and raised in Michigan, he has fished and guided all over North America with time spent in Michigan, British Columbia, and Northern New Mexico. When you fish with Mat be prepared to walk quite a bit, as he prefers to cover a lot of water to provide a variety of opportunities for his clients to learn new tactics and catch fish.
Free for DRiFT Members...Non-members $5.00 admission.

Tue Nov 5, 2013 - 07:00 PM - Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 3704
Bob Lindsey - Member Tying Demonstration

Tue Nov 12, 2013 - 07:00 PM - Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 3704
Guest Speaker
Chris Helm

Whitetail Fly Tieing is owned and operated by Chris Helm. It was born of the necessity for Chris to have materials available for his many fly tieing classes. With 30+ years experience in tying and his extensive knowledge of fly tieing materials, Chris is known throughout the USA and Europe for his expertise in all aspects of tying. Chris is famous for his masterful use of deer hair. Chris has lectured and taught at about every major fly tying event. His love for teaching and helping others to master the art of tying makes Chris the ultimate reference for all types of tying technique and materials questions.
Free for DRiFT Members...Non-members $5.00 admission.

Tue Nov 19, 2013 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144 (Formerly 1450A)
Dennis Ransdell - The Mylar Minnow

Tue Nov 26, 2013 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144 (Formerly 1450A)
Guest Speaker
Craig Riendeau - Will be demonstrating his latest creation, the Sonic Boom

Craig Riendeau is a former DRiFT member and a warm water fly fisherman. As a fly designer for Rainy's Flies he has created many patterns, some which he has demonstrated at club meetings before. Patterns like the Hairy Fodder, the Receding Hare Worm, Crawdad Craig and the Georgia Bullfrawg to name a few. He is presently working on the opening of his new guide service and fishing website to be called Off the Deep Edge Warm Water Fly Fishing. This time around, he'll be demonstrating his latest creation, the Sonic Boom, a pattern designed to break the sound barrier of the normally silent world of a fly. This well tested pattern has not only taken the south (his home) by storm but has already been proven effective on smallmouth, walleyes and catfish in both the Fox and Kankakee Rivers here in Illinois. A small pair of needle nosed pliers is a recommended aid in tying this pattern.
Free for DRiFT Members...Non-members $5.00 admission.

Tue Dec 3, 2013 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144 (Formerly 1450A)
Dennis Higham - History of Fly Fishing in America

Tue Dec 10, 2013 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144 (Formerly 1450A)
Guest Speaker
Dennis Potter - Blue Gill / Bass Pattern

Dennis Potter has been teaching fly tying for over 25 years and these days is known as the "Pathological Tier". He travels extensively throughout the Midwest with his original "Close-Up Video Tying Theater" conducting patterns and techniques classes and seminars. Dennis spends most of his angling time at his Riverhouse on the banks of the AuSable "Holy Water". He enjoys the challenge of chasing trout during the little hatches like Tricos and BWO's.
Free for DRiFT Members...Non-members $5.00 admission.

Tue Dec 17, 2013 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144 (Formerly 1450A)
Guest Speaker
Bill Sherer - Walleyes on the Fly

Boulder Junction WI, Flyfishing Guide and Flyshop owner
Free for DRiFT Members...Non-members $5.00 admission.

Tue Dec 24, 2013 - No Meeting

Tue Dec 31, 2013 - No Meeting

Tue Jan 7, 2014 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Meeting Canceled Due To Weather - College of DuPage is closed!

Tue Jan 14, 2014 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
PJ Smith - Bass Streamer

Tue Jan 21, 2014 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Pete Metelski - Presentation of the Driftless Area of Wisconsin.
Bring your tying tools as Pete will also conduct a tye-along.

Tue Jan 28, 2014 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Meeting Canceled Due To Weather - College of DuPage is closed!
From the COD Website: Weather Alert: UPDATE: Due to severe weather, the College of DuPage main campus and regional centers will remain closed on Tuesday, Jan. 28. The College expects to resume normal operations on Wednesday, Jan. 29.

Tue Feb 4, 2014 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Guest Speaker
PJ Smith No Vises Required.

Presentation of the Driftless Area.

Tue Feb 11, 2014 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Fred Hodge - Boy Scout troup - Will be Tying along with club members, possible 2 flies

Tue Feb 18, 2014 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
John Dyers - Back Stabber

Tue Feb 25, 2014 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Guest Speaker
Abe Downs No Vises Required.
Blackwater Fly Fishing Wisconsin - Presentation on Musky Fishing

Abe is owner and guide at Blackwater Fly Fishing located in Stevens Point Wisconsin along the "Mother River" also known at the Wisconsin River. I have been fly fishing for over 20 years and fished in some of the most beautiful places in North America. While I started out fly fishing, as most do for trout I soon realized that they weren't the only game in town. My interests soon turned to our abundant warm water quarry, the elusive Musky and Smallmouth Bass. Both hard charging and fighting fish offer something that no other game in the area can offer, true excitement and sometimes even terror. Next to fishing I really enjoy showing off what our phenomenal fishery has to offer.

Tue Mar 4, 2014 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Guest Speaker
Rich Osthoff No Vises Required.

Rich Osthoff is the author of three fly-fishing books:Active Nymphing--Aggressive Strategies for Casting, Rigging, and Moving the Nymph (Stackpole Books, 2006) No Hatch To Match--Aggressive Strategies For Fly-fishing Between Hatches Rich Osthoff (Stackpole Books, 2001).Fly-Fishing The Rocky Mountain Backcountry (Stackpole Books, 1999) Rich Osthoff has also written on fly-fishing and fly-tying for many magazines, including Outdoor Life, Flyfishing & Tying Journal, American Angler, Fly Tyer, and Midwest Fly fishing. Rich Osthoff guides fly-fishing for trout on his home waters—the fertile spring creeks of western Wisconsin. He markets his innovative trout, steelhead, and warm water flies directly to fly fishers throughout the country via his mail-order fly catalog(published on this website). And he speaks frequently at fly-fishing events.Rich Osthoff has fished extensively throughout the Rocky Mountains, from the famed rivers to the remote golden trout lakes of the backcountry. His first book, Fly-Fishing The Rocky Mountain Backcountry, is based on 20 summers of hiking and fishing throughout the wilderness areas of the Rocky Mountains and is considered by many experienced backcountry anglers to be the bible on backcountry fly-fishing. From the trophy golden trout waters of the Wind River Range, to rocketing rainbows deep in the bowels of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, to the premier west slope cutthroat trout rivers of Montana and Idaho, it’s the only first-hand account of exploring wilderness waters throughout the Rockies
Free for DRiFT Members...Non-members $5.00 admission.

Tue Mar 11, 2014 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Guest Speaker
Austin Adduci Please Bring your tying tools and vise as there will be a tye-along after the presentation.

My name is Captain Austin Adduci. I have had a passion for fishing my whole life. At age 15, I fell in love with fly fishing. I find fly fishing the most gratifying way to catch fish, although, not the only way. I am a fisherman who loves catching fish using a variety of gear (flies, live bait, tackle). I look forward to providing you with some valuable fishing techniques, hand-crafted flies and/or tackle that gets the fish biting, and a guide who knows his fishery well! My goal is 100% customer satisfaction. I want you, the customer, to know that by choosing me, you are hiring someone who will work for you.

Tue Mar 18, 2014 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Dennis Ransdell

Tue Mar 25, 2014 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Carl Butler

Tue Apr 1, 2014 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Ken Sparr

Tue Apr 8, 2014 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Mike Miller - Modified Teeny Streamer

Tue Apr 15, 2014 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Steve Spiz

Tue Apr 22, 2014 - 07:00 PM - Health Science Center (HSC), Room 1234
Guest Speaker
Jason Randall No Vises Required.



Presentation: Contact Nymphing
Jason Randall's "Contact Nymphing" presentation builds upon his "Currents" presentation. He will discuss all the different styles of strike indicators (suspension devices vs sighter style), the pros and cons, the fallacy of suspension style strike indicators (Thingamabobbers) and present the new styles such as Polish, Czech, French and the newer tight line techniques. Jason introduces the concept of contact nymphing, which underscores the need for our flies to remain in contact with the bottom, but also emphasizes the need for the angler to remain 'in contact' with the flies to improve strike detection.

Free for all who attend.

Tue Apr 29, 2014 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Lanning Hochhauser

Tue May 6, 2014 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Keith Sutherland - Hare's Ear Variant

Tue May 13, 2014 - 07:00 PM
End of Year Pizza Party
Pal Joey's
440 East Roosevelt Road, West Chicago, IL 60185
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