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 but membership is open to anyone who appreciates the driftless area. Support for and involvement in our chapter projects is greatly appreciated. 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.

DRIFTLESS CHAPTER-TROUT UNLIMITED will not place the Port-a-potties at the North and South Bear Confluence site on 1148 Quandahl Road due to COVID-19 virus concerns. Hopefully this will be a temporary postponement and they can be placed later in the year. The outhouse @ 1280 Quandahl Road has been closed for the same precaution.

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.

April 4 - Annual spring stream clean-up will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2020 from 8:30 am to noon. Meet at the campground on 1280 Quandahl Road, 1 mile east of Highlandville. We will focus on cleaning litter from the fishing access areas on North & South Bear, Waterloo and French creeks. Areas covered will be dependent on the turnout. Please bring gloves, water, your own tools, and a smile. The chapter has trash bags and a couple of grabber tools. Hope to see you there. Any questions, contact Steve Perry: steve.perry1@mchsi.com or 641-583-1604.

Thanks to everybody for showing up on a cold spring day. Hopefully we can do another clean up this fall and maybe another chapter project this summer. The Driftless chapter had trash pickup on Saturday, April 4 despite a small crew due to virus concerns and snow the night before. We were able to get a lot picked up still keeping with social distancing protocols. Tom Murray worked on Waterloo Creek. Royce Thompson cleaned the parking lots on North Bear. Steve Perry found a nice slightly burned 4'x6' box springs at French Creek. Kent Kleckner and his teen age crew tackled South Bear and the confluence of the Bears.

April 25 - This year the Driftless Chapter's Conservation Fundraiser is going VIRTUAL due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). You may still join the continuing work of providing vital support for ongoing stream improvement work, education of anglers and non-angler alike, acquisition of trout fishing easements. Your help is needed now more than ever. Please consider different donation levels as seen on this form. 

Let's have fun with this and see how much money we can raise now through Saturday, April 25.

For more information, please contact our Fundraiser Chair - Joe Skoda (712) 470-3289 or email joeskoda48@gmail.com or 1849 Whitetail Road, Decorah, IA 52101. 

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

Driftless Chapter Fly Boxes  

SMALL TWO SIDED~3.5/2.5/1.25”
LARGE NYMPH BOX~7.25/4/.75”

For 20 years the Driftless Chapter of Trout Unlimited strived to follow our mission "...in partnership with others, to protect and improve the coldwater 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." During those years, we raised about $75,000. Every dollar of which was used in partnership with the Iowa DNR to accomplish those goals. To further our mission, our chapter is selling 4 types of fly boxes with our logo on them. Most of us have bought fly boxes from fly shops with the shops name or logo on them. Now you can buy one from your chapter. Profits from your purchase of a fly box will go towards improving trout fishing in Northeast Iowa! Any style of box is $20.00 which includes S&H. Thank you fellow fishers!

Here is the contact information for purchasing fly boxes:

 For additional information about boxes and other questions please contact me:

Steve Matter 

Trout Fishing Loo For You   
Our chapter has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to help pay for four port-a-potties at the confluence of North and South Bear, 2 at North and 2 at South Bear. 

These two cold water trout streams are the most productive and popular in Iowa's Driftless region. Water quality protection and your personal safety and comfort are reason enough for providing portable toilets at these locations.

Three Iowa chapters of Trout Unlimited and the Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association have funded this project in the past, but now ask your help in funding for the coming years. Ness Pumping Service of Waukon can provide two handicapped accessible (Required by the DNR) and two standard toilets for six months at a cost of $2,520.

Placement has been allowed by the Iowa DNR, however the state does not provide any money for the project. We are asking for the users, potential users, and for those who value water quality to chip in and ensure that the facilities are again available from May though the end of October each year.

Thank you for caring for Iowa’s cold water fisheries. Your donation of any amount is appreciated.

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