2017 Holiday Gift Guide

We usually ask friend of LFFE and Orvis NYC fly fishing manager, Rob Ceccarini, for help with our holiday gift guide. This year we decided to ask someone with a behind the scene perspective of our programs. Morgan Krell is a senior in high school living in NYC. In addition to being a two-time LFFE alum, he is a sales associate at the NYC Orvis store, and his love for fly fishing has been highlighted on the Orvis Blog several times. He has put together a list of his five favorite gifts for the fly fisherman in your life ranging from $-$$$$.

$-Smith Creek Rod Clip- Morgan loves fishing mouse flies for large trout. He writes “I use it to hold a 2nd rod on the river for mousing but it is also great to just keep your gear out of the dirt. You don’t want anything getting clogged up or dropped/ stepped on in the backcountry.” Morgan

$$- Hydros or Hydros HD fly line – “A fly line is often overlooked when compared to the rod and the fly but it can make all the difference. A fresh line can ramp up your fishing, especially if you are using dry flies because older lines tend to sink. For all-around trout fishing applications, a weight forward trout line is the way to go.” Morgan

$$$- Orvis Fly Tying Kit- “A great way to start tying your own flies with no useless materials. Teaches you the techniques for any trout fly. If you take the free fly tying 101 class at Orvis you get a discount. If you need something to do all winter, fly tying is the answer.” Morgan

$$$$- New Orvis Men’s Ultralight Wading Jacket – “In my opinion, the single most important piece of clothing on a Lillard trip is a raincoat. On a 10-20 day trip rain is inevitable. You want to be able to fish in a storm (as long as there is no lightning). Spots for tools and large pockets make it extra functional. The rubber cuffs are awesome when landing fish in the cold.” Morgan

Morgan during the 2017 Yellowstone Expedition. Showing off a nice Cutthroat that he landed on the mouse fly he always kept rigged up on his spare rod.

Lillard Fly Fishing Expeditions was started in 2010 as a graduate thesis for my Master's Degree in Environmental Conservation Education at NYU. The operating premise was simple - by coupling amazing wilderness fly fishing camps for teens with environmental education and service learning we can help inspire future generations of fly fishing conservationists. We have been growing our unique list of trips and experiences ever since.

When it comes to choosing a summer program for your teen the options are endless. For the teen who loves to fish, be outside, and has a strong sense of adventure we have made the choice easy. We are the leader in teen fly fishing adventures and are dedicated to providing the best backcountry fly fishing experience with opportunities for teens to engage in leadership training, community service, and backcountry camping.


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Will Lillard, Founder/Director/Guide

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Lillard Fly Fishing Expeditions
2540 King Road
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768

(828) 577-8204