Colorado Adventure - Update 2

The Colorado Adventure II has just exited the backcountry and it was a blast! The group caught endless Brook trout and even a few Colorado River Cutthroat trout. They explored the East Inlet drainage of Grand Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. We will be heading towards Kremmling tomorrow for our float the following day!

On our first day of the backcountry we packed everything we needed in our backpacks and made our way to the trailhead. From the East Inlet trailhead, we hiked a little over a mile to the East Meadow campsite. Half of the group stayed there and the rest of the group headed up to Cats Lair campsite a bit further. After getting camp set up, both groups fished near their camp and pulled out plenty of fish.

The next day both groups went on day hikes. The lower group made their way to the top of East Meadow and fished the lower part of the canyon. The fishing was incredible, and everybody caught more than their fill of Brookies. The upper group headed into the Paradise Creek drainage of East Inlet which has a healthy population of Colorado River Cutthroat trout. These fish are native to this region which makes catching them that much more special.

Both groups made their way back their campsites and enjoyed a delicious meal of Buffalo Mac n’ Cheese for dinner. The next day everyone woke up and started breaking down camp. The hike back to the trailhead was quick, and then we headed to Grand Lake to have lunch and enjoy some much-deserved Ice Cream. After that we headed to our campsite near Granby, CO called the River Run RV Resort.  

River Run has lots of amenities including a pool and hot tub, but first, we used their showers and did laundry. Tomorrow we are headed to Pumphouse Recreation Area where we will do our service project and then fish into the evening. The following day (Monday) we are float fishing with the guides of Cutthroat Anglers and then heading to Silverthorne, CO for our banquet dinner. What an amazing trip so far. Wish us luck as we fish our way back to Denver!

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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