Friday, September 09, 2016

DuPage Fly Fishing Co. - Midwest Golden Bones Fly Tournament

(This drawing looks like the art work of NIFTY member Jeff Kennedy...Hmmm?)
Introducing the 1st Annual Midwest Golden Bones Fly Tournament
The first annual M.G.B. tournament will be held on September 9th and 10th. The event will be based out of Rivers Edge Bar and Grill in Batavia, IL. Entrance fee is $70.00 per angler. Every angler will receive an event shirt, poster, SWAG bag, drinks, and food. Great prizes will be handed out to tournament winners. Live music both nights. Raffle prizes will also be handed out. Entrance fee can be mailed to Kurt Nelson, along with your shirt size, and email address for confirmation of entry. 

The Three Rivers Include:
Fox River
Des Plains River
DuPage River 
(Plus bonus waters will be revealed the morning of check in at DuPage Fly Fishing Co.) 

Registration is now open. There will be a limit of 35 slots available for the tournament. 


Wading, kayaks, and boats are all welcome to fish. This will be an individual angler scoring system. No combined points between anglers in a boat.

All carp must be taken on fly, photographed/measured, and released. Pictures must be taken of the angler holding the fish and of the fish with the tournament supplied measuring stick/bumpboard. Pics must be texted to tournament staff by 6:00 PM Saturday.

Phone numbers to text pictures to will be provided on angler rules sheet given out at the meet and greet Friday night at Rivers Edge Bar and Grill and at check in at Dupage Fly Co. Saturday morning.
Tournament staff will provide anglers with individual measuring tapes the morning of tournament.
Anglers must be back at Rivers Edge Bar and Grille in Batavia, IL by 6:30 PM Saturday for awards.


The point totals will be based on total length from the day, with additional prizes for biggest and smallest carp. There will also be 1/2 points given to smallmouth bass that measure over 12"s.

Example Scoring:
30" Carp = 30 points
18" Carp = 18 points
12" Smallmouth Bass = 6 points
18" Smallmouth Bass = 9 ponts
Total Points = 63 points

Payment Options:

1.Send check payable to:
Kurt Nelson
email me at
call at 6304290419 or message me on facebook for address to send checks to.

2. You can pay cash in person at DuPage Fly Fishing Co. as well.

3. Also accepting entry fees through PayPal. Send entry fee payment to
Contact Kurt Nelson for details or email for questions.

*A confirmation email will be sent to you upon receiving your entrance fee. It will include details about the event, when and where to be, and other event giveaways.

We look forward to seeing everyone out at the inagural event! If you have any questions or concerns please message us and we will get back to you ASAP.

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Milwaukee River Smallies

Since the Illinois Rivers were blown out with rain, NIFTY members Mark LoVerde and Jim Gould headed up to Wisconsin to fly fish for Smallies on the Milwaukee River. Numerous fish were caught and lost. Several Pike were caught too. A picture perfect day!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Delta Force - Santa's Workshop

Coming in hot from the equator. The DTF crew visits the South Pacific in search of zombies, boners, and gangsters. Some might say it was worth the trek. Turn up the volume, click HD and enjoy in full screen!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Saturday, August 13, 2016

DuPage River Summer Smallies

 I received an alert from USGS website that my favorite section of the DuPage River's CFS was excellent. I took a ride out to see how the river looked and it was absolutely perfect. The river height, color, clarity and temperature was ideal. The weather was sunny and hot. I waded for about 4 hours downstream and walked the trail and bank back to my car. I used a Cotter Pin Streamer I tied and it slayed the smallies! I lost count after 2 dozen fish. They averaged 10"-12". Several in the 14"-16" range. I took one fish picture because he was the largest of the day. NIFTy member Jim Gould

Friday, July 29, 2016

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

My First Smallies

NIFTy member Liz Jacobs wrote;
Took a trip with my niece and goddaughter Jenn to Iron Mountain and fished the Menominee River.  First time I used an 8 wt or fished for these very very fun smallies.  Had a blast! Floated on Friday, and waded on Saturday.  Too bad I have to go back to work!