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Maine Update 3

Hello from the Berkshires,

Our group made the trip south today from Lakewood Camps to Egremont Massachusetts, where we will spend the last few days of the trip fishing for northern pike in the Housatonic River, which winds in and out of the quaint towns here in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. It is hard to believe that the trip is already wrapping up, but we are definitely looking forward to trying to hook some river monsters over the next few days.

Maine Update 3

Greetings from Maine. Our group just wrapped up our time at Lakewood Camps and is headed to the  Moosehead Lakes region of Maine for some trophy Smallmouth fishing. The trip has been flying by, and it is hard to believe that we are about to start our last section of the trip.

Maine Expedition Update

Hello from Maine, We have gotten our first couple days under our belt with our already very experienced young anglers, and we could not be more excited for the upcoming days. This is undoubtedly shaping up to be an awesome trip with a great group of guys. After picking up our team from the airport, we immediately headed north for the Maine border, our home for the next 10 or so days.

NC Trophy Brook Trout

Pisgah National Forest is one of the few temperate rainforests in the lower 48, so when the forecast calls for two days of strait sunshine you better be ready to take advantage. Our original plan was to enter the backcountry on 6/8, but instead we packed up camp and went searching the backcountry of Pisgah National Forest in search of native southern brook trout on 6/7.

Blue Ridge Update 1

Luke fighting a big fish in the fast water!

Hi Everyone!  Sorry for not getting an update out yesterday — we’ve been busy setting up camp and getting out onto the water!  Yesterday we got everyone into ca

Final Scouting Trip to Mexico

This summer we are absolutely thrilled to be offering our first ever international expedition to the Permit capital of the world: Ascension Bay in Mexico.  This unique and exciting trip is perfect for all levels of fly anglers.  Experienced saltwater anglers will appreciate the wide availability of species of fish to target on a daily basis.  Knowledgeable freshwater anglers will find the expansive flats and white sand beaches of Ascension Bay

2017 Video Edits

A lot of participants and trip leaders bring their GoPro cameras on our trips. But most of the time that video gets filed away on their computers. In 2017 we were lucky to have some passionate participants and trip leaders who recorded some great video. Then they spent hours of their free time this fall sorting through it all and editing it down into some beautiful short videos. Take a look below to see three videos that we have received so far. It just so happens they are all from Yellowstone.

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 $-$$$$.

Summer 2017 Grand Finale

What a few days it has been! Our final Yellowstone Expedition of the summer wrapped up today with what was literally a once in a lifetime grand finale. After finishing off our time in Yellowstone with some spectacular fishing in the Lamar Valley we made our way back south to Jackson, WY for an action packed three days.

West Elk Update 4

What a week it has been here in Colorado!  Last you heard from us we were headed into the heart of the Colorado Rockies, today we made our triumphant exit back to civilization exhausted, but stoked on the amazing time we had in the backcountry.

Yellowstone Adventure II Greebe Lake Update

Howdy from Mammoth Campground!

Our trip has gotten off to a great start! On Tuesday we drove to Grant Village on the southern shore of Yellowstone Lake. After getting fishing permits and setting up camp, we had a quick casting lesson. Even those who had never fly fished before quickly picked up casting. After our casting lesson we headed to Old Faithful. The group enjoyed the sight of one of Yellowstone’s most incredible geysers.

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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