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. 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.

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.

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.

FLY TYING POSTPHONED UNTIL MARCH 16 DUE TO WEATHER - All 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 23 - Spring Creeks Chapter of Trout Unlimited's 19th Annual Fly Tiers Rendezvous will be held from 9am to 4pm at Monticello Eagles Club, 102 Lindner Court, Monticello. This is an opportunity to gather, share stories, and catch up on the latest good work done by you and others in our conservation community. There is no admission charge; young, old, and families welcome. There will be presentations, fly tying, silent auction, bucket raffles, voice auction at 3pm, and a premium fly rod outfit grand prize drawing (need not be present to win). A special showing of The Return, a film sponsored by TU, chronicles a father and daughter experiencing the return of cutthroat trout to the Upper Yellowstone River. All proceeds go to support habitat improvement and water quality efforts in Iowa's trout country and the Driftless. Tickets will be sold at the Rendezvous. For more information and to purchase tickets before the event, please contact Ryan Maas ASAP at 319-621-6940 or maas_ryan@yahoo.com. Chapter activities can be found at www.tu-iaspringcreeks.org.

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

April 6 - Spring Stream Clean-up Day. More to come soon.

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