[= DRiFT - Weekly Meetings and Guest Speakers
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 2016-2017 Season

Tue Sep 13, 2016 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
DRiFT Business Meeting - Our first meeting of the 2016-2017 season!

Tue Sep 20, 2016 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Tye-Along with Keith Sutherland - Yellow Palmer

Tue Sep 27, 2016 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144

Guest Speaker
Jay Anglin - Guide/Owner Anglin Outdoors

Jay Anglin started guiding fishermen and hunters in 1996. His company, Anglin Outdoors specializes in pursuing warm and cold water fish throughout the Michiana area. Jay has guided anglers of all persuasions as well as waterfowl, turkey and upland game hunters throughout the Great Lakes states. Jay met his wife Angie while working towards his biology degree from Northern Michigan University in the Upper Peninsula. The couple live in LaPorte, Indiana with their five children and three Labrador retrievers. When he is not guiding outdoorsmen, Jay writes and works industry trade shows for Traditions Media based in Minneapolis. He has written a weekly outdoor column for the LaPorte Herald Argus for over a decade and spends many hours photographing high school sports for local newspapers as well.

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

Tue Oct 04, 2016 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Tye-Along with George Meessmann - Bergman Midwest Favorites - the coachman and others. Please bring hard as nails and black 6/0 thread.

Tue Oct 11, 2016 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144

Guest Speaker
Paul Beel - Modern Streamers and Classic Michigan Dry Flies

Paul is owner/writer and fly tyer of the website and fly tying business, FrankenFly at http://www.frankenfly.com. He pursued his passion of fishing after watching his grandfather create homemade lures as a kid. He felt he could continue in his grandfather's footsteps as a fly tyer. Paul specializes in modern streamers and classic Michigan dry flies for bass and trout. He is an Orvis Fly Designer, on thr Regal Vise Pro Staff, Partridge of Redditch Pro Team, Deer Creek Pro Staff, and Flymen Fishing Associate. He ties for many fly shops in the Midwest.

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

Tue Oct 18, 2016 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144

Guest Tyer
Rich McElligott - Mitt Nymph

A two year Rainys Flies innovator, president Shabbona Lake Sportsman Club, past officer of ISA, Rich will be tying the Mitt Nymph.

Tue Oct 25, 2016 - 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 Nov 1, 2016 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Tye-Along with Glenn Hazen - Pattern TBA

Tue Nov 8, 2016 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Tye-Along with Fred Hess - Sedge Version #8

Tue Nov 15, 2016 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Tye-Along with Gordon Koppin - Streamer Pattern

Tue Nov 22, 2016 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Tye-Along with John Dyers - Pattern to be announced

Tue Nov 29, 2016 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144

Guest Speaker
Tim Adkins

Tim Adkins is a well-rounded flyfisher, flytyer, researcher and teacher based in Chicago, IL.

Tim's fishing writing and photography have appeared in aTightLoop and The Drake magazines in addition to his blog, Critical Angling. A musky and a tarpon he caught recently appeared in consecutive issues of The Flyfish Journal, thanks to great photography by Adam Alexander. Tim is the co-founder of the "Chi-Tie" Chicago bar flies meetup group, an active member of Illinois Smallmouth Alliance and Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, and he currently offers casting lessons and hosted trips under his brand, Motion Flyfishing.

Tue Dec 6, 2016 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144

Guest Speaker
Hunter Dorn - Wisconsin Fly Fishing Company

Hunter Dorn the owner and head guide of Wisconsin Fly Fishing Company (www.wisconsinflyfishingcompany.com) will be joining us December 6th to discuss guiding through the change of seasons. Hunter began his guiding career here in the mid west in 2004 shortly after graduating high school. In 2013 he started Wisconsin Fly Fishing Company. A fly fishing guide service dedicated to high lighting Wisconsin's outstanding fisheries. WFFC concentrates its effort towards the fly pursuit or Trout, Smallmouth, Musky, and Steelhead. Join us as he goes over his average season and explains alittle of what customers can expect out of a guided day on the water.

Tue Dec 13, 2016 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Tye-Along with Mick Pope - Copper John

Tue Dec 20, 2016 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
TBA

Tue Dec 27, 2016 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
No Meeting - Holiday Break

Tue Jan 3, 2017 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
No Meeting - Holiday Break

Tue Jan 10, 2017 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
TBA

Tue Jan 17, 2017 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
TBA

Tue Jan 24, 2017 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Tye-Along with Lew Delin - Stonefly Nymph

Tue Jan 31, 2017 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Tye-Along with Glenn Hazen - Lead Eyed Gonga (Sculpin Imitation)


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

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