Two Brothers Artisan Brewing Latest OBTU Business Partner 

Two Brothers Artisan Brewing of Warrenville has become OBTU’s newest business partner.

Twenty-one years ago, brothers Jim and Jason Ebel followed their passion for craft beer when they founded Two Brothers Brewing Company.  Since then, Two Brothers has helped revolutionize the Chicago craft beer scene with a passion for creating high-quality, well-balanced beers that push the boundaries of flavor and innovation.

A Chicago craft beer pioneer, Two Brothers has been instrumental in introducing and popularizing a number of beer styles to the area, including German Hefeweizens, French Country Ales and Sours.  Currently, Two Brothers boasts an extensive lineup, featuring seven year-rounds, nine seasonals and a number of artisan beers released throughout the year.

Two Brothers beers can be purchased at most Binny’s locations as well as at its three Chicago western suburb restaurants: the Taphouse in Warrenville, the Craftsman in downtown Naperville, and the Roundhouse in Aurora.

Visit the Two Brothers website for more information on its craft beers and area restaurants.

Two Brothers artisan beers are available at Binny’s locations in Chicagoland and at its three western suburb restaurants.

The Librarian’s Corner

By Phil Young

Urban Warfare:  In Pursuit of the Poor Man’s Bonefish (BT Productions) 40m / DVD
Okay.  Fly fishing for common carp is fun and the fish are readily available almost everywhere in Illinois.  But, contrary to the above title, they are more like redfish than bonefish.  This is not a “how to” DVD, but a look at pursuing a tough, technically challenging, selective feeder that can put you into your backing.  Try it.  You will like it.

Wet Fly Ways with Davy Wotton (Cascade Mediaworks, LLC / 2005) 120m / DVD
You and I both enjoy swinging wet flies down and across a stream.  But, in this DVD, Davy Wotton demonstrates the traditional method of presenting a cast of three wet flies.  Learn how to choose the proper flies, tie the knots and correct dropper lengths, and cast this rig to every quadrant of the stream.  Davy Wotton will help you to rediscover this lost art.

These DVDs, as well as others in the chapter’s library, are available for check out at chapter meetings.  If you are holding any of the chapter’s other videos, please return them when you are finished so that others may view them.

Smithsonian Channel Debuts “America’s Mississippi”

It begins at Minnesota’s Lake Itasca and ends in the Gulf of Mexico. From north to south, the mighty Mississippi River is a 2,300-mile marvel and America’s lifeline to the world.  Follow the river as it carves its path from the northern headwaters to the nation’s heartland to the southern bayou.  Discover how the Mississippi operates as an engine of commerce, and see how its wildlife thrive in and above its rushing waters and along its lush, green banks.

The three-part series on the Smithsonian Channel features 60-minute segments as follows:

“The Headwaters” traces the birth of the Mississippi River at Minnesota’s Lake Itasca through the Driftless Area of Wisconsin and Iowa.

“The Heartland” covers the Mississippi River from the confluence of the Missouri River into the heart of America and witness life under water, in the skies, and along its banks.

“The Bayou” follows the Mississippi River into the Deep South, through Cajun country, and finally the Gulf of Mexico.

Also available for viewing on the Smithsonian Channel is a three-part series on Yellowstone Park.  Of special interest is the “Mystery in Yellowstone” episode which traces the decline in the Park’s elk population from 20,000 to 5,000 over the last decade due to the introduction of invasive lake trout in Yellowstone Lake.  It’s a very interesting biologist investigation connecting natural predators like wolves and grizzly bears to the declining elk population and the role Yellowstone Lake’s lake trout played in the elk decline.

Visit the Smithsonian Channel website for viewing dates and times for both programs.



Dun Magazine Now Offering 50% off One-Year Subscription

Dun Magazine is no ordinary fly fishing publication.  This quarterly publication is a work of art perfect for both reading and display on your coffee table.  Published by OBTU business partner and friend Jen Ripple, Dun Magazine is over-sized to showcase the stunning photography inside.

Priced at $20.00 per issue at retail, Dun Magazine is now accepting one-year subscriptions for $40.00.  Visit the Dun Magazine website for more information and to have it delivered to your front door.

A Dun Magazine subscription for four quarterly issues is now available at 50% savings.

Holiday Party Fundraiser and Rod Raffle Drawing December 12

Mark your calendar now for our annual Holiday Party Fundraiser and Rod Raffle drawing scheduled Wednesday, December 12, from 7-9 p.m. at the Arrowhead Golf Club in Wheaton.

This year’s event features a new location. In addition to the Rod Raffle drawing, a silent auction will feature Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin guide trips; Fishpond and Simms fly fishing gear; plus plenty of bucket raffle items including wine, spirits, and craft beer baskets in addition to other great prizes.

Tickets to the event will cost $45 apiece and cover appetizers, desserts and your choice of wine, beer, cocktails or soft drinks.  Tickets will be available for sale at our November 28 chapter meeting and at the door on December 12 via check and credit card.

Participants in the Annual Rod Raffle do not need to attend the Holiday Party to be eligible for winning one of 12 great prizes.

We need your RSVP before December 1 for planning. Spouses and guests are invited!  Email John Snyder with your RSVP(s):

Arrowhead Golf Club in Wheaton will host our 2018 Holiday Party and Fundraiser on December 12.

Annual Rod Raffle Features 12 Great Prizes

Your donation to our annual rod raffle helps fund our Chapter’s general operating expenses for the year for monthly meetings, speakers, and various activities.  We are again selling booklets of five raffle tickets for $20.

This year, we are offering a choice for both our First and Second Prize Winners. 

FIRST PRIZE:  Your Choice: Orvis Recon Rod and Hydros Reel Trout Outfit.  A $648 retail value!
If trout fishing is your focus, choose a 4wt, 5wt or 6wt outfit with line from the Orvis Lombard store. Or…

Sage 8wt Rod & Reel Outfit for Smallmouth and/or Steelhead–A $654 retail value!
If your preference is smallmouth or steelhead fishing, Bass Pro Shops is offering an 8wt Sage Rod and Reel outfit featuring a Sage Platinum Spectrum Reel and Sage 8wt Graphite Rod.

SECOND PRIZE:  Your Choice of 2 of 3 Great Fishpond Fishing Gear Items!
Westwater Roll Top Duffel
Nomad Mid-length Net
Ice Storm Cooler

THIRD PRIZE: Orvis $25 gift cards for 10 winnersRedeemable at any Orvis store or via a website or catalog phone order.

If you do not receive your tickets in the mail or would like to purchase additional tickets, please contact Jim Schmiedeskamp via email and include “Raffle Tickets” in the subject line.  Email:

Your ticket stubs with or without a donation should be mailed by December 1, 2018 to:
Oak Brook Chapter Trout Unlimited
P.O. Box 5046
Oak Brook, IL 60522-5046

The winning ticket will be drawn at our December Holiday party on Wednesday December 12th.  You are welcome to come to our next monthly membership meeting on Wednesday, November 28th and drop off your ticket stubs and money in person in lieu of mailing them.

Your ticket stubs should be mailed by December 1, 2018.  You do not have to be in attendance at the December 12 Holiday Party to be selected as a winner.

An Orvis Recon Rod with Hydros Reel and line is a great trout outfit in your choice of 4wt, 5wt or 6wt options as one of two First Prizes to pick from with a Sage 8wt smallmouth/steelhead outfit as another option.

For our Second Prize, the winner gets to select two of three great Fishpond gear items including the Westwater Roll Top Duffel (depicted here), Ice Storm Cooler and a Mid-length Nomad Net.


On November 28 Learn about Kamchatka, Russia—30” Rainbows in the Land of Volcanoes

Oak Brook TU member John Snyder reports on his September 2018 trip to Kamchatka, Russia and his pursuit of its giant 30-inch rainbows at our November 28, 2018 membership meeting at the Oak Brook Recreation Center Central Park West Building at 7 p.m. Guests are welcome.

 Note: Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, our November membership meeting was moved back a week to the fourth Wednesday of the month and returns to our usual meeting location.

OBTU’s John Snyder will share his recent Kamchatka, Russia trip highlights at our November 28 membership meeting.
Well known for its 30-inch trophy rainbow trout, the Zhupanova River in Kamchatka, Russia is considered one of the best fly fishing rivers in the world.



Oak Brook Trout Unlimited Debuts on Instagram!

“Thanks to OBTU member Chris Pierson, our chapter is now on Instagram, the photo-sharing social media platform,” said Jim Schmiedeskamp, Communications and Publicity Committee Chair.

“Our chapter now has an Instagram account that will regularly feature photos from our chapter activities, sponsors, business partners and like-minded conservation organizations. This account will help us get the word out about what our local chapter is doing and will help create many wonderful networking opportunities not only for Oak Brook TU but for also our chapter members as well as many others who will follow us on Instagram. Chris will be a great asset to our chapter’s publicity and membership communications!”

To view photo postings, download or visit the Instagram website ( Once you’ve logged in, search for “tuoakbrook” and click on our account. Here you’ll find photos from meetings and other members as well as photos from other Trout unlimited chapters and companies who support Trout Unlimited.  Or you go directly to our Oakbrook TU Instagram account here.  Click on any photo for more information.

If you would like to submit any photos of your own, please email your photos to Chris Pierson at and he will work on posting them. Please be sure to include your name, rough location of where the photo was taken (who wants to give up their best fishing spots anyways?), and any details you’d like for us to include in the caption.

We look forward to sharing many memorable moments from our chapter!

Oak Brook TU is now on Instagram–the leading photo-sharing social media platform.
Oak Brook Trout Unlimited announcements will now be included on Instagram.