The LFFE Blog

Colorado Rocky Mountain Update- Lost Lake

The last 5 days have been nothing short of amazing.  After exiting the north inlet backcountry we completed a day of service working with the trails crew in Rocky Mountain National Park.  Our service project consisted of repairing a section of trail near the scenic Bierstadt Lake.  We were tearing up old trail to significantly improve drainage through the trail section in order to prevent unwanted erosion.  I am proud to report that the guys put in a solid day of hard work without complaints.

Maine Expedition Update

Hello from the Rangeley Lakes Region,

We have arrived at one of the highlights of the trip: Lakewood Camps. We will be staying in rustic cabins here on the grounds for two nights on the headwaters of the Rapid River, home to some of the largest wild Brook Trout in the Lower 48. The weather appears that it is going to hold up for the two days that we are here, and the rocks near the river are crawling with golden stoneflies. We should be in store for some amazing fishing.

Maine Expedition Update

Greetings from Indian Pond,

Our group of talented young anglers and us guides made it safely to Maine on Saturday after a quick pitstop for pizza on our way up. After setting up our tents, we finished off the night by getting to know each other with some frisbee at a local campground in Greenville.

Blue Ridge Update

Greetings from North Carolina,

We are back from a successful trip to the West Fork of the Pigeon! Everyone caught plenty of fish, and more importantly honed their fishing skills. We landed every possible species of trout in the river including brook, rainbow, and brown. We had a beautiful primitive campsite alongside the river which made for peaceful mornings and evenings.

Custom Adventures

Custom Family Adventures-Have you dreamed of taking you family on a wilderness adventure but don’t know where to start. We will work with you to design the trip of a lifetime hiking into the secluded backcountry, or “glamping” on the banks of some of the most famous rivers in the US. The fly fishers in your family can take advantage of the fishing of their dreams amongst wildlife and scenery sure to excite your entire family.

2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Looking for the perfect gift for the fly fisherman or woman in your life! We collaborated with fly fishing manager at Orvis NYC, Rob Ceccarini, to put together a list of the top gift in each price range. He selected the items, I wrote the comments.

Instagram Takeover

For the first time ever LFFE will be hosting takeovers of our instagram account by LFFE Alums. This is a fun opportunity to get your favorite pictures from your past LFFE trips on our Instagram feed. Here is how it works.

Final Update

It is hard to believe that I am sitting in a comfy leather chair in the Jackson Library writing my final trip update of the summer. It feels like yesterday that I was in North Carolina gearing up for the first trip of the summer. With all of the excitement that was the last few days of the Yellowstone Expedition it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that my summer flew by.

Rocky Mountain update

For the last 4 days we have been exploring the rarely visited remote northwest corner of Rocky Mountain National Park.  Tucked in between the Mummy Range and the Never Summer range, this part of the park sees almost no visitors, which makes it perfect for viewing wildlife and especially good for fly fishing.  We arrived in this pristine part of the park on Wednesday and quickly set about fishing.  Despite the guys having relatively little fly fishing experience, they were catching trout right out of the gate.

West Elk Expedition

Despite not being in the backcountry, the last few days have been action packed.  After getting out of the canyon, getting cleaned up, and moving to a new site near Gunnison and Crested Butte, we were ready for the comforts of the front country.

West Elk Update 1

Well, we just certainly had one of the most epic beginnings to any trip in recent memory.  After leaving DIA, we drove to Buena vista for our first night.  The action really got started on our second day.  We picked up our supplies in Gunnison and headed south.  Once we reached our campsite, we quickly set up our tents and immediately got to fishing.  Despite the creek being somewhat blown out from a recent rain shower, the guys were hooking into fish right away.  We kept up the fishing right till our dinner of chicken burritos.  After dinner we turned in, eager for what our first day in th

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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.

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