Blue Ridge Adventure Hits the Trail

The North Carolina Blue Ridge Adventure is about to enter the backcountry for the first time after yesterdays action packed day.

The trip got off to a quick start. On the first morning everybody was up and ready to go by 7. Llewyn and Will helped cook up some pancakes and bacon before we spent the rest of the morning building on our wide range of fly fishing skills.

In the afternoon we put all we learned to use on the trophy water of the Davidson River. Some of the group has been fly fishing for years, for others it was their first time, with the help of guides from Davidson River Outfitters everyone caught some really nice fish.

Nick with a beautiful rainbow trout from the Davidson River.

Nick with a beautiful rainbow trout from the Davidson River." />

After some burgers and hotdogs cooked by Beck, Robert, and Nick we gathered around to tie some flies. We all tied some basic flies before Jackson and Andrew taught some people how to tie some of their favorite flies.

Learning to tie flies before we head into the backcountry

Learning to tie flies before we head into the backcountry" />

Tomorrow Robbie will be the first participant to take on the responsibility of leader of the day as we head into the backcountry for the first time. For two nights we will camp along side a small mountain stream searching for native Southern Appalachian Brook Trout. These beautiful fish have become increasingly rare, but with a little hiking we will find one of their strongholds nestled high in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

We will let you all know how it went when we get back on the 26th!

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

(828) 577-8204