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 camp and set up tents for our stay along the world famous Davidson river.  After unpacking we made burgers at camp for dinner and got down to the river and got a few bites fishing the evening.  This morning we woke up to a beautiful day and headed out fish a private section of the Davidson for large Brown and Rainbow Trout.  With great conditions and solid fish activity everyone hooked a bunch offish this morning, with some up to ~20 inches. The higher than average water made for great fishing, but also made it hard to land the fish. After some practice everyone was able to land some big healthy trout. We have more pictures, but they are on the other guide’s phones. I will try to add some more to the next update. We hope to continue this success through the afternoon on another section of the Davison.  After a couple more days of largely private water Davidson fishing in the front country we will head into the backcountry to fish high mountain streams for beautiful native Brook Trout. We will send out another update on 6/7. Tight lines from all of us in North Carolina!

Finn with the first fish from the private water.

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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