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#1 DoctorD


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Posted 09 January 2012 - 09:15 AM

For those of you in the Chicago area, the Illinois Smallmouth Alliance (ISA) with a little help from the DuPage Rivers Fly Tyers (DRiFT) has organized a fly tying gathering scheduled for January 21st. Losts of tying demos and the change to talk to many other tyers, both professional and amateur. This is a new event for ISA so come out and help make it an annual event.

ISA Fly Tying & Fishing Show
Saturday 1/21/12 From 9am to 4:30pm
St. Charles Borromeo Church
Holy Family School
145 E. Grand Ave.
Bensenville, IL 60106

This daylong fest promotes all aspects of fly fishing for all types of fish. With expertise drawn from the many local clubs, guides & shops a learning experience is the goal. From novice to expert, bluegill & bass to trout & steelhead, we will share the best of fly fishing. All with a Midwest focus.
Joe Cornwall – Fly Fish Ohio, author, speaker &warmwater fanatic.

Dennis Potter – Pro tyer & teacher, guide, owner Riverhouse Fly Co. fly designer for Rainey,Inc & local“ Rivergod” on his homewater Ausable

ISA Bassbuggers & DRiFT daylong demo tying up to 20 booths.

Member/designers Rich McElligott, Jonn Graham, Greg Coffey, Jude Torre, Bob Davenport & more. Kids tie along demos.

Guides - Austin Adducci, Jay Anglin, Dustin Harley,
Scott Hinkel, P J Smith & Bob Long Jr.

Shops & Reps - Coren’s Rod & Reel, Chicago Fly Fishing Outfitters, Trout & Grouse, LL Bean, Guidelines, Fly Depot, Brightwater, A Tight Loop, Rajeff Echo, Cortland, Charlie’s Books

Hourly seminars, casting lanes, booths by shops, clubs & manufacturers.

Admission $10.00- Kids under 10 free

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 10:16 PM


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Posted 15 January 2012 - 11:30 PM

i am so looking forward to this show. there are many fantastic patterns being tied by our midwest locals. jonn ties superb blockhead poppers, a ghost minnow , and his version of the murdich minnow, jude ties a jude bug which is a foam popper or slider, greg has his famous sparkle minnow and coffee grinder surface bait,. Ill be tieing the shannon streamer, big worm patterns and a new one called the dropshot minnow . and we have other tiers from ISA, DRIFT, TU. stop by and bring a friend and say hi rich mc

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 10:02 AM

The show was well received so keep us in mind for next year.
Thanks for the support.
Lanning Hochhauser
DuPagr River Fly Tyers (DRiFT)

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Posted 30 October 2019 - 06:17 AM

I figured I might as well use this old thread, as opposed to starting a new one.

Richmc is having issues getting into the site, again.  He asked me to pass this along.


ISA/DRIFT The Early Show 2019
Sunday 11/10/19 ‐ 10:00am to 5:00pm
Mayslake Peabody Estate
1717 31st Street, Oak Brook, Illinois 60523
Presented by the Illinois Smallmouth Alliance & DRiFT
Come to the 9th Early Show, Chicago's only all fly fishing & tying show! Sit with the area's best fly tyers as they
demonstrate a wide variety of fly patterns. Kids will enjoy free tying & entomology programs.
Show Features:
‐ 25+ Regional fly tyers ‐ sit and watch them create a fly for the waters they fish.
‐ Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructors provide free casting lessons.
‐ Spey casting demonstrations & help matching the line to rod.
‐ Regional fishing guides on hand to share tips & book trips.
‐ Guest speakers Dennis Potter & Robert Thompson presentations all day long.
‐ Vendors include area shops, reps, pro tyers & guides all with great deals.
‐ Club booths ready to answer questions about their activities.
‐ DuPage Forest Preserve District booth to promote outdoor & youth programs.
‐ Raffle of donated flies & gear drawn at end of the show.
‐ Free Youth Fly Tying with all the materials and tools provided.
Mayslake Peabody Estate, constructed by Francis Stuyvesant Peabody during the American Gilded Age.
Experience the splendor of its grounds and learn about fly fishing & tying inside the mansion at the Early Show.
Spey casting lessons by Doug Taylor, Sage pro staff sign in for a free 20 minute session. DRiFT FFF certified
casting instruction 10:30 to 12:30, 1:30 to 3:30pm
Mark Your Calendar Now For The First Fly Show Of The Season!
Admission is $10.00 for Adults ‐ Kids 12 and under are FREE
Visit the website > Illinois Smallmouth Alliance
Like us on Facebook > ISA On Facebook

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