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.

Friday, July 29, 2016

August 8

Here we go again! Second Monday comes early this month! We'll be at Galway Bay August 8 at around 6:30.
Come join us and get a break from these dog days of summer.  Enjoy some AC, cold beers and good fishy conversation.  We'll be tying up some end of summer patterns to get us through till the fall.  Whether you're new to the sport or old timer, everyone is of course welcome.
Hope to see you there!!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

July 11

It's that time again!  Summer is on a roll and we know you have some empty slots to fill back up.  We'll be at Galway Bay Monday July 11 at 6:30 pm.  We'll be tying flies, hanging out and having a few drinks.  Come on out and join us for a good time.  Whether you tie or just want to talk about fishing everyone is welcome! 
Hope everyone is having a great fishy summer and we'll see you there!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

June 13

Summer is finally here!  The best time of the year here in Chicago!  Time for cold beers and new flies.  Come hang out with us, have a drink, tie up a few flies, and keep the excitement about another summer season going!  As always we'll be at Galway Bay around 6:30.  But feel free to come when you can and leave when you have to.  Everyone is of course welcome!  Hope to see you there!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

May 9

Here we go again!  May 9th will be our next meeting.  With the temps steadily rising and the fishing heating up it's a good time to come out, compare notes, and get a few flies tied up!  As always we'll be at Galway Bay (500 W Diversey) around 6:30pm.  Feel free to join us whenever you can.  Just bring whatever you need to tie up what you want or just hang out for a drink!  Everyone is always welcome!  Hope to see you there!

Friday, April 15, 2016

April Wrap Up

That's a wrap!  Thanks to everyone who came out this month.  We had a great time and are already looking forward to next month!  It's always fun to hang with other like minded folks over a few drinks. 
Our next meet up will be May 9.  Same time same place!  Hope to see you then!!  Now get out and enjoy this spring that finally arrived! 

Saturday, April 2, 2016

April 11

It's almost that time again-  Come hang out with us at Galway Bay (500 W Diversey) for our next meet up on Monday April 11.   We'll be there starting around 6:30 getting in a few beers while tying up some spring patterns.  As always everyone is welcome from noobie or curious to seasoned pro  We're looking forward to a good time with flies, drinks and always fishy conversation.  Hope to see you there!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

March Wrap Up

Another great Chi- Tie is in the books! Thanks to everyone who came out and to all the new folks who joined us!  The fly swap went well with a nice variety from midges to hoppers and all in between getting traded around.  A pretty good selection ready to catch some trout.

Our next meet up will be April 11 and we're already looking forward to hanging out again.  Until then enjoy the spring and get out and fish!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

March 14

March 14th is our next meet up and due to popular request we're going to be doing another fly swap!

If you want in- we'll be doing a trout fly swap.  This is a good way to get a quick little variety and to see what everyone else is tying for them.  Any trout fly is in- from micro midges to streamers for big browns.  Just tie (or bring if you don't have time to tie them up there) 4 flies and we'll swap them around before the end of the night.  If you don't tie but still want in feel free to buy a few and bring them.  Not interested in the swap? That's fine too- come tie whatever you want or just hang with a beer!

As always everyone is welcome from curious newbie to seasoned grizzly old guide!  We hope to see you there!  As usual we'll be at Galway Bay (500 W Diversey) from 6:30 till around 9:30.


Monday, February 29, 2016

We've got a store!

We've got a store!  Now you can rep and support Chi- Tie more than once a month!  

After hearing from folks that they'd like more shirts and gear, I've decided to try out using as a store front.  We'll give it a shot and see how it goes!  Let me know what other products you'd like to see as well.

You can find the store through the "Store" tab at the top or follow this link:

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

IF4 film fest 2016

The IF4 is coming back to Chicagoland! 

Once again our friends from aTightLoop/ Dunn are bringing the fest to Arlington Heights on Wednesday February 24th.  Held again at the Star Cinema Grill this fest shouldn't be missed.  Fend off that cabin fever for a few more weeks by joining a whole lot of good fishy people and enjoying an evening of films, food, drinks and give aways!  The theater has a full food and drink menu and even bring it to your seat during the film!  This is always a good time!

Tickets are going fast so get yours today!!  You don't want to miss this!

For more info, a look at trailers, and tickets go to:

Thursday, February 11, 2016

February Wrap Up

It was another good time this week at our February meet up. It was cold, dark, and snowing out but the bar was warm and cozy so we were all happy!  We had a great time hanging out and tying up a few flies.  We're all getting antsy for spring and fishing and were quite busy making plans for the upcoming season.
We're looking forward to next month- March 14 will be our next meet up and it'll be a fly swap night. So watch for that!
Until then- stay warm and tie on! 

Sunday, January 31, 2016

February 8

February 8 is our next meet up!  Come on out and join us for a good time.  We'll be at Galway Bay (500 W Diversey) at 6:30pm.  Hang out and tie some flies or just have a couple drinks with us.  Everyone is welcome!  So shake off some of that cabin fever and let's start getting excited for spring!

We'll see you there!

Friday, January 15, 2016

January Wrap Up

Despite the weather this past week we had a great time hanging out for the first meet up of the year.  Thanks to everyone who braved the elements to join us!  We hope to see you all again on February 8th!  Until then- stay warm and happy tying!

Monday, January 4, 2016

January 11

Happy New Years friends! 
We hope everyone had a great holiday season and enjoyed some much needed time off.  We're ready to get 2016 started with our first meet up of the year on Monday January 11.  We'll be hanging at Galway Bay at 6:30 and as always everyone is welcome.  So come on out, have a drink, tie some flies, and let's start making plans for fishing this year. 
Hope to see you there!