Colorado Adventure II - update 1

Hello all,

The Colorado Rocky Mountain Adventure is off to a great start! After meeting up with the campers and stopping for some sandwiches, we've landed at the Green Ridge Campground outside of Grand Lake, CO. Ideally located on the Colorado River, coming out of Shadow Mountain Reservoir, campers will have the opportunity to fish the heavy evening hatches for some trophy trout here. After arriving, we made sure everyone got set up and unpacked alright. We then had a quick meeting to go over some basic group rules and then got to setting up our rods.

We'll start tomorrow morning with a thorough fly fishing seminar to learn the skills to be able to fish independently. For guys that haven't fished before, we'll cover some key knots, some basic casting, a bit about how to read water, and how to handle and safely release fish. For those in the group that have fly fished before, we'll dig into more advanced casting and fly setups.  We'll then swing by a local fly store in Grand Lake before heading into Rocky Mountain National Park for the first time. We'll spend the day fishing the Kawuneechee Valley for brook trout. We will finish off the day at our campsite, fishing the evening hatch, before discussing the plans for our 2 night backcountry trip up the East Inlet Trail of the Colorado River. On this excursion, we will be targeting brook trout and native Colorado river cutthroat trout in a mixture of small mountain streams and alpine lakes. Wish us luck and we will talk to you when we make it out of the backcountry in a few days!

Until next time,

Jack, Remi, Max, and the crew

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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