The Iowa Driftless Chapter of Trout Unlimited (717) 
was formed in 2000 with the goal of improving the cold water fisheries of northeast Iowa. Based in Decorah, Iowa, it represents six counties but membership is open to anyone who appreciates the driftless area. Support for and involvement in our chapter projects is greatly appreciated. The name of the chapter, Driftless, refers to the unglaciated areas of northeast Iowa, southeast Minnesota, southwest Wisconsin and northwest Illinois. This area was left untouched by the last glacier drift through the northern tier of states and boasts limestone bluffs, rolling hills and spring fed trout streams.    

The Driftless Chapter meets at 7pm the first Thursday of each month (October though May) in the lower level of T-Bocks in Decorah, IA unless otherwise noted. Meetings are always free and open to the public. Typically, a presentation on a subject related to water stewardship or stream health is given, chapter business items and activities are discussed, and concludes with a fly tying demonstration by a member of the Driftless or tall tales are shared.

Our mission:  The Iowa Driftless Chapter of Trout Unlimited works, in partnership with others, to protect and improve the cold water fisheries and their watersheds in northeast Iowa. The Chapter also strives to increase, and maintain fishing access and use while providing related educational programs and resources.

FYI...The port-a-potties at the North and South Bear Confluence sites on 1148 Quandahl Road are now placed and ready for use. Due to COVID-19 virus concerns, please take proper precautions when touching all surfaces. Cleaning is done once a week by Ness Pumping Service, the owners of the potties. The outhouse @ 1280 Quandahl Road has been closed for the same precaution.

Thank you! Thank you to all our donors for making this fundraiser happen! 

We had 72 donors from Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Way to go folks.



Driftless Chapter Fly Boxes  

SMALL TWO SIDED~3.5/2.5/1.25”
LARGE NYMPH BOX~7.25/4/.75”

For 20 years the Driftless Chapter of Trout Unlimited strived to follow our mission "...in partnership with others, to protect and improve the coldwater fisheries and their watersheds in northeast Iowa. The Chapter also strives to increase and maintain fishing access and use while providing related educational programs and resources." During those years, we raised about $75,000. Every dollar of which was used in partnership with the Iowa DNR to accomplish those goals. To further our mission, our chapter is selling 4 types of fly boxes with our logo on them. Most of us have bought fly boxes from fly shops with the shops name or logo on them. Now you can buy one from your chapter. Profits from your purchase of a fly box will go towards improving trout fishing in Northeast Iowa! Any style of box is $20.00 which includes S&H. Thank you fellow fishers!

Here is the contact information for purchasing fly boxes:

 For additional information about boxes and other questions please contact:

Steve Matter 

Trout Fishing Loo For You   
Our chapter has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to help pay for four port-a-potties at the confluence of North and South Bear, 2 at North and 2 at South Bear. 

These two cold water trout streams are the most productive and popular in Iowa's Driftless region. Water quality protection and your personal safety and comfort are reason enough for providing portable toilets at these locations.

Three Iowa chapters of Trout Unlimited and the Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association have funded this project in the past, but now ask your help in funding for the coming years. Ness Pumping Service of Waukon can provide two handicapped accessible (Required by the DNR) and two standard toilets for six months at a cost of $2,520.

Placement has been allowed by the Iowa DNR, however the state does not provide any money for the project. We are asking for the users, potential users, and for those who value water quality to chip in and ensure that the facilities are again available from May though the end of October each year.

Thank you for caring for Iowa’s cold water fisheries. Your donation of any amount is appreciated.

Past Events Fly Tying
 Waterloo Creek Workday - November 9 Recent Driftless Ties

Waterloo Creek Workday - Nov 2013


Driftless TU Fly Tying

Members in the News

Larry Reis receives the 2015 Aldo Leopold Environmental Education Lifetime Achievement Award.

Larry Reis and Jeff Skeate (local authors)
Calmar Courier, Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Chris Wasta takes the Des Moines Register on a quest for Native Brookies on South Pine
Members, Kent Kleckner, Bill Kalishek and Brian Malaise are part of IPTV's Iowa Outdoors
Author Jeff Skeate  http://sattre-press.com/fw.html
Author Larry Reis
 "Driftless Days" by Jeff Skeate, a collection of writings by Jeff  Driftless Days