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 2014-2015 Season

Tue Sep 9, 2014 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
DRiFT Business Meeting - Our first meeting of the 2014-2015 season!

Tue Sep 16, 2014 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Guest Speakers
Matt Nugent, Cole Flatter, Audrey Jennings - Bring Your Vices tying a fly pattern
PowerPoint Presentation of 2014 ILCTU YC&FF Camp Fishing Teams Ausable River Michigan.

Tue Sep 23, 2014 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Keith Sutherland - Bluegill/Panfish Pattern

Tue Sep 30, 2014 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Gene Kazmark - Warm/Cold Water Attractor Fly. Please bring Crazy Glue or equivalent.

Tue Oct 07, 2014 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Pete Metelski - Streamer

Tue Oct 14, 2014 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
TBA

Tue Oct 21, 2014 - 07:00 PM

Guest Speaker
Jim Bartlet

Jim has a lifetime of fly fishing experience and has been guiding anglers for trout on Wisconsin spring creeks since 1990. He is a professional fly casting instructor and veteran Fly Fishing School Instructor. Jim, now a retired teacher, had taught for 35 years at Madison East High School. He has spent his entire career sharing knowledge with others. Let him share his knowledge of fly fishing and the intricacies of his home waters with you. If you are new to the sport, he can definitely shorten your learning curve. If you are an experienced angler, he can share proven tactics that are unique to the area streams.



Tue Oct 28, 2014 - 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 04, 2014 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Meg Gallager - Orange Stimulator Variant

Tue Nov 11, 2014 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Guest Speaker
Craig Reindeau
Craig has been fly fishing for over forty years. As an FFF member he has never met a fish he didn't like but any fish with the word bass in its name gets extra attention. Craig is a professional fly designer for Rainy's Flys specializing in warm water patterns and has written for several major fishing publications. When not at Cohutta's he also guides for black, striped and white bass along with bream and crappie under the name, Off the Deep Edge Warm Water Fly Fishing. The consummate experimenter, he is always on the hunt for new ways to catch more and bigger fish. Craig is the founding member of the Smallmouth Alliance Bass Buggers and a member of the Atlanta Fly Fishing Club.

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

Guest Speaker
Jeff "Bear" Andrews

Jeff "Bear" Andrews is a long time fly fisherman, fly tyer and outdoorsman. Born and raised in Michigan he attended Northern Michigan University in Marquette where he majored in Fisheries and Wildlife Management. Following university, Bear went to work for General Motors as a Journeyman Pipefitter for thirty years, but his true passion remained for the outdoors and Michigan's wild trout.

Tue Nov 25, 2014 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
TBA

Tue Dec 02, 2014 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
TBA

Tue Dec 09, 2014 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Guest Speaker
Chris Willen
Chris Willen has been musky fishing for well over a decade, from the freestone rivers of the Upper Midwest to the limestone rivers of the Cumberland plateau and most places in between. One of the things he has enjoyed the most is to share the sport of fishing with others. With that, he began Chris Willen Guide Service. Chris' specializes in hunting wild, native musky in the beautiful lakes, rivers and flowages of northern Wisconsin. A knowledgeable and innovative angler, he can customize a day on the water to match any skill set, from beginning musky fly anglers just getting started in the sport to more experienced anglers looking to sharpen their skills with fresh methods and new approaches. Chris's guide service offers all-day and half-day float trips on beautiful Northwoods watersheds; he also offers multiple boat trips to accommodate larger groups.

Tue Dec 16, 2014 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
TBA

Tue Dec 23, 2014 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
No Meeting - Holiday Break

Tue Dec 30, 2014 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
No Meeting - Holiday Break

Tue Jan 06, 2015 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144

Guest Speaker
Kevin Feenstra

Captain Kevin Feenstra, Owner: Born and raised in West Michigan, Kevin has been fishing West Michigan streams his whole life. Soon after graduating from Calvin College in 1995, he became a fishing guide. He regularly contributes articles to magazines such as Midwest Flyfishing and his flies have been published in many books, magazines, and fly tying manuals. He is a member of the national pro staff of the Scott Fly Rod Company, Ross Reels, and Daiichi Hooks.

On a personal note, after several years of guiding I still love to guide and fish regularly. Giving you a consistenly good experience on the river is our top priority. Another goal is to help to do our part to sustain this fishery so that everyone can enjoy it!

Tue Jan 13, 2015 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Hold Date For Guest Speaker

Tue Jan 20, 2015 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
Hold Date For Guest Speaker

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

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

Guest Speaker
Dustan Harley
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 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.

Tue Feb 10, 2015 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
TBA

Tue Feb 17, 2015 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
TBA

Tue Feb 24, 2015 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
TBA

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

Tue Mar 10, 2015 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144

Guest Speaker
Austin Adduci

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 17, 2015 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144

Guest Speaker
Terry Wilson

Terry and Roxanne Wilson live in southwest Missouri, where they enjoy fishing the streams and lakes in the Ozark Mountains. The Wilsons have presented innovative, practical fly-fishing methods for bass, bluegill, crappie, gar, and channel catfish for more than twenty years in over a hundred magazine articles published in Fly-fishing and Tying Journal, The Flyfisher, Midwest Fly-Fishing, Warmwater Fly-Fishing, Fly-Fishing Quarterly, BassMaster Magazine, Ontario Out of Doors, and many others. They are also staff writers for St. Louis based Outdoor Guide Magazine.

Tue Mar 24, 2015 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
TBA

Tue Mar 31, 2015 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
TBA

Tue Apr 07, 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


Tue Apr 14, 2015 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
TBA

Tue Apr 21, 2015 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
TBA

Tue Apr 28, 2015 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
TBA

Tue May 05, 2015 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
TBA

Tue May 12, 2015 - 07:00 PM - Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1144
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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