2017 Orvis FF101/201 Program Kicks Off with Three April “Train the Trainer Sessions; Earn Orvis Discounts
Orvis Yorktown kicks off their annual FF101/201 fly fishing basics classes for beginners in April and concludes them in August. Orvis segments their classes into two sessions–Fly Fishing 101 and Fly Fishing 201. FF101 is for beginners of all ages where attendees learn the fly fishing basics from outfit rigging through fly rod casting. FF101 graduates can advance to the FF201 class which features a short outing on local water for a chance for each participant to catch their first fish!

Classes are typically limited to 16-18 participants. Classes typically are scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays at the Orvis Yorktown store from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

“Train the Trainer” Sessions
Saturday April 8th at 9 a.m.
Sunday April 9th at 11 a.m.
Thursday April 13th at 7 p.m.

OBTU volunteers will receive an Orvis discount coupon at the conclusion of the program good for 20-50% off fishing gear or clothing.

Wednesday, April 19, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Membership Meeting Speaker: “Dave Blackburn on Montana’s Kootenai River”
The Kootenai River in northwest Montana is one of fly fishing’s best kept secrets. This classic river of pristine beauty, located west of Glacier National Park, contains a native rainbow trout called the Columbia Redband, known for its exceptional strength and acrobatic fighting ability. Dave Blackburn, who has lived on the banks of the river since 1982, developed the first fly fishing guide service and fly shop on the river. Dave has been the leading outfitter on the Kootenai River for more 30 years. Together with his personally trained and experienced staff, they guide anglers on the Kootenai with its consistent hatches and exceptional dry fly fishing.

Dave Blackburn will be our featured speaker at the April 19 membership meeting at 7 p.m. at the Oak Brook Recreation Center Central Park West Building.


Sunday, April 23, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Women’s Fly Fishing Day” to Feature Geri Myer
Geri Myer has been invited to lead a group of women through the basics of fly fishing on April 23, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Queen of Rosary School in Elk Grove Village. 

Geri is the co-owner or The Driftless Angler in Viroqua Wisconsin, and a fly fishing guide. She is always willing to introduce women to the sport of fly fishing and has her own line of clothing and other items designed specifically for women through her Athena & Artemis Women’s Fly Shop. This day-long seminar will be an educational and fun experience introducing women to the sport of fly fishing.  The event is open to OBTU members and the general public.
Activities include: Fly rod casting instruction; equipment basics designed for women; knot tying basics; introduction to entomology; and introduction to fly tying.
A fee of $40.00 will cover the day’s workshop plus lunch.  To reserve a spot, please contact Carol Hennessy.
Queen of Rosary School is located at 750 W. Elk Grove Blvd. in Elk Grove Village.