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, Mike Fleetwood, by using our Contact Form.

Meeting Schedule 2015-2016 Season

Tue Sep 8, 2015 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
DRiFT Business Meeting - Our first meeting of the 2014-2015 season!

Tue Sep 15, 2015 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Guest Speaker
Sarah Zack - Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist

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

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

Tue Sep 22, 2015 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
To Be Announced

Tue Sep 29, 2015 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
To Be Announced

Tue Oct 06, 2015 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Guest Speaker
William Heckel - Dry Fly Techniques

Bill was awarded the Buz Buszek in 2003 by the Federation of Fly Fishers

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

Tue Oct 13, 2013 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
To Be Announced

Tue Oct 20, 2015 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144

Guest Speaker
Kyle Zempel - Presentation on smallmouth fishing on the lower Wisconsin River

Kyle Zempel is a photographer from Wisconsin, who was introduced to the sport of fly fishing at a very young age by his grandfathers on the numerous lakes of the region. He has developed his passion for photography and fly fishing simultaneously, taking courses at the university in Western Wisconsin and notes, "Photography has changed me; it has changed the way I perceive the world. When I put my eye to that viewfinder my whole world changes, I suddenly have to power to inspire and move people. I find it amazing how one photograph, a still image, can tell a story, it can come alive and speak to you. "

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

Tue Oct 27, 2015 - 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 03, 2015 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144

Guest Speaker
April Vokey - Fly Fishing Ambasador

Though she wasnt born into a fishing family, April somehow entered this world genetically programmed to fish. Shes been on the water ever since. Today, when shes not guiding the fabled rivers of British Columbia, teaching fly tying and casting, writing about fishing and appearing in fishing films, April fights to protect wild fish. On her days off, she goes fishing

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

Tue Nov 10, 2015 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
To Be Announced

Tue Nov 17, 2015 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
To Be Announced

Tue Nov 24, 2015 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
To Be Announced

Tue Dec 01, 2015 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144

Guest Speaker
Davey Wooten

My first introduction to the art of fly tying was in the 1950s. At that time l was given the materials and tying tools that belonged to one of my school masters. Thus began my passion for fly tying and its relationship to fishing and catching fish. In the 1960s l began to tie flies commercially, at that time very much the old school of thought still existed so far as fly patterns were concerned. This factor alone allowed me to gain a great deal of knowledge and skill to reproduce the traditional flies.

New ways of thinking and the introduction of synthetic materials leaned me into the new era of developing new fly tying techniques and innovate new fly patterns. Many of my fly patterns are commercially produced by the world's major producers of fishing flies. Since the early 1970s l have contributed and had published a good 100 articles and features for both fly fishing magazines and books all over the world, related to fly tying techniques and the introduction of new fly patterns. So too l have been featured on many TV shows, produced fly tying videos, and travel country at the request of fly fishing organizations to demonstrate my tying skills.

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

Tue Dec 08, 2015 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Guest Speaker
Tim Holschlag
Smallmouth Angler is built on a passion for smallmouth bass fishing. We love the pursuit, the challenge, the beautiful places smallmouth reside, and the whole experience of being outdoors on a quiet river or lake. We also have a passion for helping others learn about smallmouth bass fishing. Two Part Cutting Edge Smallmouth Presentation 1) "Learning the 'Twitch n Tease' Technique." Possibly the Best River Smallmouth Presentation there is. 2) "One Day Smallmouth Hotspots" (Some of the Very Best and Least known Smallmouth Destinations within a Day's Drive from Chicago.

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

Tue Dec 15, 2015 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
To Be Announced

Tue Dec 22, 2015 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
No Meeting - Holiday Break

Tue Dec 29, 2015 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
No Meeting - Holiday Break

Tue Jan 05, 2016 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
To Be Announced

Tue Jan 12, 2016 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
To Be Announced

Tue Jan 19, 2016 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144

Guest Speaker
Dustin Harley - A Year on the St. Joe

Hometown: South Bend, IN. Home River: St. Joseph River, IN. Guiding Since: 1999

Dustan Harley was born less than a mile from the Saint Joseph River and cant remember a time when he wasnt 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.

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

Tue Jan 26, 2015 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
To Be Announced

Tue Feb 02, 2015 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
To Be Announced

Tue May 10, 2016 - 07:00 PM
Pizza Party @ Pal Joey's
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


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