Monday, January 2, 2017

January 9, 2017!

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2017 and another year of Chi- Tie.  Our first meet up of the year will be Monday the 9th.  As always we'll be at Galway Bay from 6:30ish till whenever.  Everyone is welcome whether you're a new tier or a seasoned pro, new to the group or a regular.  We're just here to have a good time hanging out, tying a few flies, having a few drinks, and talking fish.
And don't forget- for the next two months we'll be collecting gear and flies to donate to Project Healing Waters.  So if you have some used gear you've replaced or don't use anymore or need an excuse to keep tying when your boxes are full, bring them with and we'll be putting together a package for our local programs.

Here's to a Happy 2017 friends.  Hope everyone has a great year full of clean flies, big fish and cold beers!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Winter Events 2017

With Chicago in full winter lock down already it's going to be tough to itch that fishing scratch.  Here's a list of some events and expos to help get you off of the couch and out of the house.
If you know of any others just let me know and I'll add them in!


You know who we are- come hang out and have a beer.
2nd Monday at Galway Bay in Chicago.

Coren's Rod and Reel- Chicago
Thursday night tying night at Coren's.  Usually instruction on 3 patterns you can tie along with the group.  Materials supplied.  Bring your own tools.  Maybe a 6er to share or for the fridge if you want a beer.

Vise- presented by MWA
Monthly fly tying gathering, in the western suburbs of Chicago. "Vise" will be held at different locations every month. From novices to experienced tyers.

NIFTY- Schaumburg
Monday meetings tying flies or fly fishing presentation.  Tools and materials provided for newbies.

DRiFT- Glen Ellyn
Tuesday meetings tying flies or fly fishing presentations.  Also do conservation and education through the year.

Chi Fly- Chicago
Various lessons and events through the winter.  Beginner to advanced and anything from trout nymphs to salty crabs to musky flies.  Check the website for what peaks your interest.

Orvis- Chicago
Various lessons and presentations through the year.  Call the store for details.


Muskie expo
St Charles, Jan 6-8
Milwuakee, Feb 10-12

All Canada Show
St Charles, Jan 12-15

Chicago Outdoor Sports Show
Rosemont, Jan 19-22

Chicagoland Fishing Travel and Outdoor Expo
Schaumburg, Jan 26-29

Tinley Park Fishing Show
Tinley Park, Feb 11-12


Badger Spring Opener
Madison, WI Feb 11

Indiana Fly Fishing Expo
Indianapolis, IN Feb 17-19

Midwest Fly Fishing Expo
Warren, MI  March 11-12

Great Waters Fly Expo
St Paul, MN March 17-19

Friday, December 2, 2016

December 12

Monday December 12 is our last meet up of 2016!  Come on out, grab a beer and hang out with us.  Wrap up the season and tie a few flies or just talk fishing with us.  We'll be hanging out starting around 6:30pm at Galway Bay (as always!).  Show up whenever you can for as long as you can.  Of course everyone is welcome (21+) and we look forward to seeing you!

In the meantime we hope everyone had a great extended fall season and got on some fish.  And if we don't see you before-  Happy Holidays from all of us at Chi- Tie!

(Just as a heads up- we'll be doing a gear and fly collection in the new year to benefit Project Healing Waters.  So save the equipment you replace at Christmas!)

Thursday, November 3, 2016

2016 Early Show

The 2016 Early Show is just around the corner!  While we won't have a booth this year we highly encourage you to go see our friends who will.  It's always a good time and we're bummed to be missing out on it this year.  Check out the details below:

The Early Show Sunday 11/13/16 10am – 5pm

Presented by the Illinois Smallmouth Alliance & Dupage Rivers Fly Tyers

Come to the 6th Early Show, Chicago’s only all fly fishing & tying show!

Sit with the area’s best fly tyers as they demonstrate a wide variety of fly patterns.

Kids will enjoy free fly tying & entomology programs.

Show Features:

   25+ Regional fly tyers sit and watch them create a fly for the waters they fish.

   Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructors provide free casting lessons.

   Spey casting demonstrations & help matching the line to rod.

   Regional fishing guides on hand to share tips & book trips.

   Guest speaker presentations all day long.

   Vendors include area shops, reps, pro tyers & guides all with great deals.

   Club booths ready to answer questions about their activities.

   Dupage Forest Preserve District booth to promote outdoor & youth programs.

   Raffle of donated flies & gear drawn at end of the show.

   Free Youth Fly Tying with all the materials and tools provided.

   At the Dupage F.P. Mayslake Peabody Estate, constructed by Francis Stuyvesant Peabody during the American Gilded Age. Experience the splendor of its grounds and learn about fly fishing & tying inside the mansion at the Early Show.

Spey casting presentation by Doug Taylor, Sage pro staff at 11:30 am & 2 :30 pm

Drift FFF certified casting instruction 10:30 to 12:30, 1:30 to 3:30pm

Mark Your Calendar Now For The First Fly Show Of The Fall Season!

Show Location:  Mayslake Peabody Estate
Show Date:
Sunday November 13, 2015
1717 West 31st Street
Show Time:
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Oak Brook, IL 60523

Admission is $10.00 for adults - kids 12 and under are FREE.


November 14

It's about time for another Chi- Tie meet up!  November is here and we'll be getting together Monday the 14th to hang out, tie flies, and have a couple drinks.  Come on out and see us.  Whether you're tying for another fall trip, already thinking about next year, or just want to hang and talk fishing,  join us for a good time at Galway. 

Monday, October 3, 2016

October 10

October is here.  Let's tie some flies!!  Fall is arguably the best time of year to fish, everything is putting on the feedbag to get ready for the winter.
Come hang out, grab a brew, and tie a couple flies in preparation for some fishing!  We'll be at Galway Bay from 6:30 till whenever.  As usual it'll be an open tie so bring whatever you want to tie up.  Or just hang out with some fishy people and talk fly fishing.  Everyone is welcome (21+)- come when you can and leave when you have to!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

September 12

Here we go! It's September and we're ready for another meet up.  Despite the high temps it's time to start thinking fall!  Whether that means chasing salmon runs or musky in the rain let's start filling the gaps from last year.  As always we'll be at Galway Bay on Monday the 12th from 6:30 till whenever.
Come have a drink and tie with us! Or just hang out and talk fishing- everyone is welcome.
Hope to see you there!

And if you missed out on the Golden Bones Carp Tournament this weekend you can still hang out at Iron Fly!  Check out CarfOutdoors for more info.