• Dale Bowman

The Early Show: The really early one

The first outdoors show of the winter or should that be fall is Sunday when the Illinois Smallmouth Alliance and DuPage Rivers Fly Tyers present The Early Show at Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook.

It is worth it just to see the site, which is something of note and stunningly beautiful.

Here are the details from the ISA:

The Early Show- This Weekend!!

The Early Show

Sunday, November 8, 2015 / 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Presented by ISA & DRiFT

Mayslake Peabody Estate

1717 West 31st Street

Oak Brook, IL 60523

Come to the 5th Early Show, Chicagoland's only all-fly fishing and tying show! Sit with the area's best fly tyers as they demonstrate a wide variety of fly patterns. Admission is $10.00 for adults, kids 12 and under are FREE.

Show Features

  • 25+ regional fly tyers - sit and watch them create a fly for the waters they fish

  • Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructors provide free casting lessons

  • Spey casting demonstrations and help matching the line to rod

  • Regional fishing guides on hand to share tips and book trips

  • Guest speaker presentations all day long

  • Vendors include area shops, reps, pro tyers and guides - all with great deals

  • Six club booths ready to answer questions about their activities

  • DuPage Forest Preserve District booth to promote outdoor and youth programs

  • Raffle of donated flies and gear drawn at end of the sho.

  • Free youth fly tying with all the materials and tools provided


11:00 Kyle Zempel, "Keep 'em Wet Initiative" photographing fish safely

11:45 Bob Long Jr., Smallmouth Bass in Rivers & Streams

12:30 P.J. Smith, Driftless Trout & Float Trips for Bass & Musky

1:15 Abe Downs, Northern Wisconsin Rivers Musky & Bass

2:00 Austin Aducci, Kankakee River Bass, Pere Marquette Steelhead, Beaver Island Carp

3 00 Tim Adkins, Intro to Saltwater on the Fly

3:45 Ed Buric, Sylvannia Wilderness Primer

4:30 Raffle Draw


  • Spey casting presentation by Doug Taylor, Sage pro staff at 11:30 am & 2:30 pm

  • DRiFT FFF certified casting instruction 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Complete List of Vendors: Click Here

Thank you for supporting the ISA in its efforts to promote the sport of fishing!

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