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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.

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

November 9 - Fly tying at Chris Wasta's, Wild Rose Timberworks, 1468 Old Stage Rd., Decorah, IA from 9am to Noon. Please join us for sweet treats, coffee, and conversation. Bring your own stuff or if you're a beginner, no worries. It's a great time to learn by some of the best in our chapter.

December 5 - Driftless Chapter Monthly Meeting at 7pm, Thursday, in the lower level of T-Bocks.

December 9 - Fly tying at Chris Wasta's, Wild Rose Timberworks, 1468 Old Stage Rd., Decorah, IA from 9am to Noon. Please join us for sweet treats, coffee, and conversation. Bring your own stuff or if you're a beginner, no worries. It's a great time to learn by some of the best in our chapter.

January 2, 2020 - Driftless Chapter Monthly Meeting at 7pm, Thursday, in the lower level of T-Bocks.

January 4 - Fly tying at Chris Wasta's, Wild Rose Timberworks, 1468 Old Stage Rd., Decorah, IA from 9am to Noon. Please join us for sweet treats, coffee, and conversation. Bring your own stuff or if you're a beginner, no worries. It's a great time to learn by some of the best in our chapter.

February 6 - Driftless Chapter Monthly Meeting at 7pm, Thursday, in the lower level of T-Bocks. 

February 8 - Trout Fishing Clinic/SWAP Meet in conjunction with Decorah Parks and Recreation will hold a trout fishing clinic from 9am to noon at the Decorah High School, 100 Claiborne Dr., Decorah. All are welcome. This event is free and open to the public. Learn the basics of fly and spin casting, fly tying, equipment, and casting instruction. The chapter will also host a swap meet where items can be bought/sold/given away. Fly tying at Chris Wasta's is moved to the high school for this event. Everyone who ties flies at Chris Wasta's should come here. Bring your own stuff or if you're a beginner, no worries. Equipment will be available. It's a great time to learn by some of the best in our chapter. Refreshments will be available.

March 5 - Driftless Chapter Monthly Meeting at 7pm, Thursday, in the lower level of T-Bocks. 

March 7 - Fly tying at Chris Wasta's, Wild Rose Timberworks, 1468 Old Stage Rd., Decorah, IA from 9am to Noon. Please join us for sweet treats, coffee, and conversation. Bring your own stuff or if you're a beginner, no worries. It's a great time to learn by some of the best in our chapter.

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

April ? - Spring Clean-up.

April 25 - This years Driftless Chapter Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, April 25. Location and time to be determined.

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


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