The Iowa Driftless Chapter of Trout Unlimited (717) was formed in 2000 with the goal of improving the cold water fisheries of northeast Iowa. Based in Decorah, Iowa, it represents six counties, Winneshiek, Allamakee, Howard, Fayette, Clayton, and Chickasaw. The name of the chapter, Driftless, refers to the unglaciated areas of northeast Iowa, southeast Minnesota, southwest Wisconsin and northwest Illinois. This area was left untouched by the last glacier drift through the northern tier of states and boasts limestone bluffs, rolling hills and spring fed trout streams.    

The Driftless Chapter meets at 7pm the first Thursday of each month (October though May) in the lower level of T-Bocks in Decorah, IA unless otherwise noted. Meetings are always free and open to the public. Typically, a presentation on a subject related to water stewardship or stream health is given, chapter business items and activities are discussed, and concludes with a fly tying demonstration by a member of the Driftless or tall tales are shared.

Our mission:  The Iowa Driftless Chapter of Trout Unlimited works, in partnership with others, to protect and improve the cold water fisheries and their watersheds in northeast Iowa. The Chapter also strives to increase, and maintain fishing access and use while providing related educational programs and resources.

February 5-6 - 10th Annual Driftless Area Symposium will be held at the Radisson Hotel, 200 Harborview Plaza, La Crosse, WI. For more information, please visit Driftless Area Restoration Effort's website. This symposium strives to share results of research, monitoring, lessons learned, and management work in streams, along riparian corridors, and across watersheds.
POSTPONED UNTIL FEBRUARY 14 due to weather - Driftless Chapter Monthly Meeting at 7pm in the lower level of T-Bocks. Aaron Heusinkveld will present on "Project Healing Waters." This is an organization dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military personnel and veterans through fly fishing and associated activities. All are invited to attend. Be prepared to tie flies and share stories during this presentation.

February 9 - Our chapter is partnering with Decorah Parks and Recreation to hold a Trout Fishing event and SWAP meet from 9am to noon at the Decorah High School. Attendees can learn to tie flies, practice casting with a fly rod or spinning rod, find out tips and tricks of the trade, tell fishing stories, learn about chapter activities, watch a video. An assortment of items, ranging from books to gear to tying materials will be available for sale or even exchange during the SWAP. Fly tyers who usually go to Wild Rose Timberworks are invited to attend this event instead. Coffee and goodies will be available. There is no charge to attend but be prepared to have fun.

February 15-17 - HFFA Annual Meeting and Fly Fishing Show at the Little Amana Ramada Hotel, 2211 U Avenue, Williamsburg, Iowa 52361. Little Amana is about 20 miles west of Iowa City. Featured presenters include Blane Chocklett, George Daniel, Gunnar Brammer, Tim Landwehr, Steve Sobieniak, and Iowa DNR staff. Saturday evening's banquet program will feature Carl Haensel and Jade Thomason. Please visit Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association's website for more information.

March 7 - Driftless Chapter Monthly Meeting at 7pm in the lower level of T-Bocks. DNR Fisheries Biologists, Mike Siepker and Dan Kirby will present on a new comprehensive trout management plan for Iowa waters.

March 9All skill levels are welcome for fly tying fun at Wild Rose Timberworks (1468 Old Stage Rd., Decorah, IA 52101) from 9am to noon. Coffee and goodies will be available.

March ? - Spring Stream Clean-up Day. Meet at 8:30am at 1280 Quandahl Road about 1 mile east of Highlandville. Chapter will 
provide trash bags. Bring anything else you might need, such as gloves, water, grabber, etc. Contact Steve Perry (641) 583-1604.

April 4Driftless Chapter Monthly Meeting at 7pm in the lower level of T-Bocks.

April 27 - Driftless Chapter Annual Fundraiser 2019. MARK YOUR CALENDARS! This years conservation banquet will again be held at the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds, Danan Lansing Memorial Building, 900 E. Main St., Decorah, Iowa 52101. Planning is just starting but if you would like to help or make a donation, please contact Gary Arner at 319.321.1819.

May 2 - Driftless Chapter Monthly Meeting at 7pm in the lower level of T-Bocks.

Past Events Fly Tying
 Waterloo Creek Workday - November 9 Recent Driftless Ties

Waterloo Creek Workday - Nov 2013


Driftless TU Fly Tying

Members in the News

Larry Reis receives the 2015 Aldo Leopold Environmental Education Lifetime Achievement Award.

Larry Reis and Jeff Skeate (local authors)
Calmar Courier, Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Chris Wasta takes the Des Moines Register on a quest for Native Brookies on South Pine
Members, Kent Kleckner, Bill Kalishek and Brian Malaise are part of IPTV's Iowa Outdoors
Author Jeff Skeate  http://sattre-press.com/fw.html
Author Larry Reis
 "Driftless Days" by Jeff Skeate, a collection of writings by Jeff  Driftless Days