Montana Road Trip Expedition

Montana Road Trip Expedition

1 van, 12 days, 4 rafts, 3 of Montana's best rivers, countless memories

In 1974, Montana stopped stocking trout in streams and rivers that supported wild trout populations. That decision ultimately created one of the best wild trout fisheries in the world. Pair that with the 1984 Montana Stream Access Law, which grants public access to most of Montana’s fisheries, and you can understand why Montana is such a special place for anglers. It would take years to explore all the fantastic fishing Montana has to offer, but this trip is a good start. For 11 days, we will chase the best fishing conditions. With Bozeman as our hub and our fleet of rafts, we can float fish in some of the most famous rivers in the country. The Madison, Yellowstone, and Missouri are all a possibility. When we're not fishing from the rafts, we will wade some lesser-known "secret" spots. Peak season dates mean we should have no shortage of good options to choose from. At night we will set up camp along the river, allowing us maximum time on the water. All with one goal... BIG, WILD TROUT! We will cap it all off with a banquet dinner before everyone departs from Bozeman the following day.

Upcoming Trips

Dates Cost Arrive/Depart Location
Jun 22 - Jul 02, 2024Jul 05 - Jul 15, 2024


Bozeman, MT
Entering 9th Grade
Entering 10th Grade
Entering 11th Grade
Entering 12th Grade
Entering College Freshman
Community Service
5 Hours
What to Bring

We have put together a list of all that you will need for a successful and comfortable expedition. We offer a rental program for most of the big ticket items like fly rods, reels, sleeping bags, etc.. If you are already enrolled, you can rent gear by logging into your account at: and navigating to Forms & Documents —> Rental Options.

My son has attended Lillard Expeditions for teens for the past 4 years - from Colorado to Yellowstone to Maine to Montana, he has had experiences that he will remember for a lifetime. And each year he has grown as a person and as a fly fisherman - and has come to see the participants, leaders and organizers as a summer family, full of strong mentorship, camaraderie and amazing adventures. The parent communications are top notch - this is not an experience to be missed for any teen or family who appreciates fly fishing.


  • Fish some of America's most iconic rivers
  • Chase trophy brown trout, native cutthroat, and hard-fighting rainbows 
  • Camp steps from the river's edge
  • Float fish some of Montana's most iconic rivers.  
  • A flexible itinerary allows us to go where the fishing is best.

Day 1

Arrive in Bozeman and prep for the trip of a lifetime at LFFE basecamp in Ennis, MT. 

Day 2-10

For nine days, we will fish 4 or 5 different rivers. Our fleet of rafts will provide us access to some of the most famous rivers in Montana. The Madison, Missouri, Yellowstone, and Big Horn are all in play. We will camp feet from the water each night, allowing us maximum time on the water to accomplish our goal... Big, Wild, Trout!

Day 11-12

After fishing some of America's best wild trout water, it's our turn to help give back to this amazing resource. We will spend a day volunteering with a local conservation organization before we relive all the memories at our final dinner together. Depart from Bozeman the next morning. 


  • Yellowstone Cutthroat
  • Snake River Cutthroat
  • Brown Trout
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Brook Trout


  • Madison
  • Yellowstone
  • Boulder
  • Ruby
  • and more

How, where, and when do participants meet their group?

The Montana Road Trip begins and ends at the Bozeman, MT Airport. Participants can fly to/from the airport on arrival/departure day or be dropped off/picked up by a parent/guardian. Participants can arrive at any time on arrival day. We typically leave the airport by 3 pm, but we can send the van back for later flights if necessary. Unaccompanied minors will be met at their gate. Participants flying as adults should follow signs to the baggage claim. Their LFFE trip leader will meet them there. On the last day of the trip, flights that depart before 2 pm are ideal. We can take multiple trips to the airport, so accommodating early flights is not a problem. Your trip leaders will help you get checked in and wait with the group until the last participant's flight leaves the ground.

Do I need to have fly fishing experience? 

Not necessarily. The focus of this trip is big fish on some of the most famous rivers in the US. These big fish are difficult to catch. We work with each participant to help them find success. Some prior experience goes a long way but is not as important as persistence and a willingness to learn. 

Do I need to have fly fishing equipment?

Students are responsible for their fly rod, reel, line, and a few other personal fishing items. Don't have gear? Not a problem. We have quality Orvis rods and reels available to rent.

What other equipment will I need?

A link to a complete packing list can be found under each trip page's what to bring section. Group gear such as tents, stoves, etc., is all provided by LFFE. Personal equipment such as sleeping bags and backpacks are all available to rent.

Ready to Enroll?

Click "Enroll Now" or give us a call to get started. You can also send us an email at [email protected].

If you have any questions you can Request Information and we will contact you soon with answers.

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

Contact Us

[email protected]

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

(828) 577-8204