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.




This morning we got up early to head back into Brevard and admired a gorgeous drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Clothes have been washed and bellies have been stuffed. After a break from some fishing for some tubing down the river near camp we will spend this evening on the section of the Davidson River near the Federal Trout Hatchery in search of some huge trophy trout. The weather has been absolutely beautiful.


Starting tomorrow we are making some small changes to our schedule. We have an amazing opportunity to spend two nights camping out on a private section of the West Fork of the French Broad. The private water will be the perfect opportunity to put our new fly fishing skills to the test, and hopefully more than triple our fish count for the trip. After our two night stay we will hike into the backcountry in search of wild brooke trout in a smaller mountain stream. We will send an update before we head in on the 6th. IMG_3526

Life sure is good out here!

Tight Lines,

Will and Cal

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