Berkshires to Beaches Update

Hey Everyone,


We are almost a week into the Berkshires to beaches adventure and everyone is having a great time! We camped the first few nights in Lenox at October Mountain State Forest, where we were near the Housatonic river. For two of the days we fished for smallmouth bass on the Housy; the kids absolutely crushed them. With triple digit fish counts, everyone got on the board early, often, and kept going!

On Sunday, we moved our operations and went trout fishing in the picturesque Chesterfield Gorge stretch of the Westfield River, where we got a bunch of nice trout! Once the river warmed up, we went for a swim in some of the Westfield’s deeper pools. The boys had a group slam, catching brook, brown, and rainbow trout!

We left October mountain to head up to out campsite in Mohawk state forest, hoping for a good evening hatch on the Deerfield. Unfortunately, she isn’t always the most forgiving river, and in this case high water from extended dam releases and pouring rain the next day conspired against us. We decided that with the weather being the way it is, we would rather head into town and go bowling than look for an unlikely hatch.

Tomorrow we start our canoe trip on the Housatonic searching for the elusive northern pike. We will be staying at Housatonic Meadows in Connecticut but fishing the Housy in various stretches below Great Barrington. With any luck, we should be able to land a few toothy beasts and cross a new species off the list for the group. 


Til next time!

-Ethan, Jack, Shane and the Crew

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.

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