The Oak Brook TU autumn membership meeting schedule kicks off with a September 21 “Fall Fling” event featuring a grilled dinner at the White Eagle Homeowner’s Clubhouse, 4265 White Eagle Drive, in Naperville from 5:30 to 7 p.m. preceding our speaker. A special “TU Women’s Initiative program” will be part of the event with details to be announced.
Our slate of speakers is probably the most interesting and topics as diverse as their background and locations. We will have an author and TU member from Michigan, a Wisconsin Driftless Area guide and fly tier, and a noted Great Lakes biologist from Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium. So make sure you mark your calendars and invite a friend to join us as a guest.
Wednesday, September 21, 7-9 p.m. Location: White Eagle Homeowners Clubhouse, 4265 White Eagle Drive, Naperville
Speaker: Aquatic biologist, fly fisher and author Ann Miller on “Understanding Hatches: The Key to Better Fly Fishing.”
In her book “Upper Midwest Hatch Guide,” Ann discusses the naturals and their behaviors then provides matching fly patterns and fishing techniques. Fly tying is a combination of art and science; fly tiers understand the biology and behavior of an insect, and then imitate it artistically. Color, size, silhouette, and behavior of an artificial are essential, which is why it’s important to have some knowledge of the local insects. Mayflies, stoneflies, caddisflies, lesser insects, and crustaceans of the upper Midwest are covered in Ann Miller’s book. Learning to identify insects can be daunting for anyone, but doing so will pay off for you with more fish.
Wednesday, October 19, 7-9 p.m. Location: Oak Brook Recreation Center, Canterberry Room
Speaker: Guide and author Rich Osthoff on “Driftless Nymphing Techniques”
Rich is an author, guide, and fly tier based in Wisconsin’s Driftless Area. In his presentation, Rich makes extensive use of videos to demonstrate effective Driftless Area small stream nymphing tactics. The proof of his techniques is clearly evident by the results he achieves on video. Among numerous credits, he has authored 3 books: Active Nymphing–Aggressive Strategies for Casting, Rigging, and Moving the Nymph, No Hatch To Match–Aggressive Strategies For Fly-fishing Between Hatches, and Fly-Fishing The Rocky Mountain Backcountry based on Rich’s 20 years of backpacking and fly fishing out west.
Wednesday, November 16, 7-9 p.m. Oak Brook Recreation Center, Central Park West Building
Speaker: Dr. Phil Willink, a senior research biologist at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, will speak on Lake Michigan’s aquatic ecosystems.
His talk will include fluctuating water levels, oil spills, invasive species and current conservation initiatives impacting endangered species. Dr. Willink will also review current research projects. Dr. Phil Willink joined Shedd in 2012 as senior research biologist for the aquarium’s Daniel P. Haerther Center for Conservation and Research, leading Shedd’s efforts to develop a comprehensive evaluation of the state’s list of threatened and endangered species through on-the-ground population assessments. Dr. Willink has more than 20 years of experience in research, teaching and global expeditions studying fish biodiversity as well as endangered and invasive species. His work includes studies on the Great Lakes, examining the genetics of invasive species and the impact of development and invasive species on native fish populations, as well as a project to publish a field guide of Chicago lakefront fishes. Dr. Willink holds a doctorate in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Michigan.