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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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April 13 - POSTPONED UNTIL MAY 4 Spring Stream Clean-up Day, Saturday, with a rain/snow date of May 4. Meet at the campground on 1280 Quandahl Rd., 1 mile east of Highlandville at 8:30am. We will focus on cleaning litter from the fishing access areas on North and South Bear, Waterloo, and French Creeks. Areas covered will be dependent on turnout. The chapter has trash bags and a couple of grabber tools. Bring gloves, water, sunscreen, your own tools, and a smile. These clean-up days are always a rewarding experience. Hope to see you there. Any questions, contact Steve Perry at steve.perry1@mchsi.com or 641-583-1604.

April 27 - WE HAVE POSTPONED OUR FUNDRAISER UNTIL SATURDAY, MAY 11 DUE TO WEATHER! Location and times remain the same. Thank you for being patient and understanding. 

May 2 - WE HAVE POSTPONED OUR MAY MEETING UNTIL AFTER THE FUNDRAISER TO THURSDAY, MAY 16! Location and times remain the same. 

MAY 4 Spring Stream Clean-up Day, Saturday. Meet at the campground on 1280 Quandahl Rd., 1 mile east of Highlandville at 8:30am. We will focus on cleaning litter from the fishing access areas on North and South Bear, Waterloo, and French Creeks. Areas covered will be dependent on turnout. The chapter has trash bags and a couple of grabber tools. Bring gloves, water, sunscreen, your own tools, and a smile. These clean-up days are always a rewarding experience. Hope to see you there. Any questions, contact Steve Perry at steve.perry1@mchsi.com or 641-583-1604.

MAY 11Driftless Chapter Annual Fundraiser 2019. This years conservation banquet will again be held at the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds, Danan Lansing Memorial Building, 900 E. Main St., Decorah, Iowa 52101. The fun starts at 5pm with a reception, buffet dinner and fun and games to follow. Tickets purchased in advance cost $25 and $30 at the door. Children 12 and under free. Planning continues but if you would like to help or make a donation, please contact Gary Arner at 319.321.1819.

May 16 - Driftless Chapter Monthly Meeting at 7pm, Thursday, May 16 in the lower level of T-Bocks. This will be the last formal meeting before summer break. We will recap the fundraiser and update folks on upcoming activities and volunteer opportunities.

June 7 - Kids trout fishing adventure with Decorah Parks and Recreation and Iowa DNR at the Decorah Fish Hatchery from 3pm to 4:30pm. Kids will be able to learn about fly and spin fishing from local experts and even try their hand at their newly learned skills. Kids may bring their own equipment. Bait will be provided. Please register through Decorah Parks and Recreation.

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