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Thank you for choosing Lillard Fly Fishing Expeditions.

Enrolling in one of our adventures is quick and easy. Choose one of the options below to get started:

  1. Enroll online and pay the $500 deposit with a credit card.
  2. Give us a call and fill out the application over the phone. Pay the deposit via credit card or we will hold your spot for up to ten days while you send a check for the $500 deposit.

If you would like to pay the $500 deposit via check please mail it to:

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

How To Enroll

Are you ready to enroll? Click on the Enroll Now button or give us a call to get started.

Do you have more questions? Call (828) 577- 8204 or send us an email at [email protected] and we will be happy to answer all your questions. You can also Request Information and we will give you a call or email you with more information.

After reading the reviews of Lillard, we decided to take a chance and send our son for 2 weeks. Turned out to be one of the best summer experiences he will remember forever. The 15 boys bonded while fishing, hiking, learning and working. Great counselors and unique program reinforced his love of the great outdoors and fishing. He is looking forward to another Lillard adventure next summer!

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We are committed to providing spectacular group experiences. This requires students who are enthusiastic about their opportunity and motivated to be a positive part of a team. To accomplish this all our applicants and parents must gather information that allows us to assure we are accepting the right students. Included in this enrollment process is a school reference, physical fitness reference, and information from the student’s physician about medical history. If we feel more information is required students may also be asked to complete a personal statement or telephone interview. All students will be required to sign our expectations and rules. If at any time during the application process LFFE determines a student is not the right match for our programs all payments to LFFE will be refunded.


Our programs are designed to educate in a fun and structured environment. All applicants are expected to be enthusiastic about this opportunity. The use of all tobacco products, drugs (other than prescribed medications) and alcohol are strictly prohibited.


Parent to Office: We are committed to keeping an open line of communication with the parents of our participants. In addition to regular online trip updates our office is staffed from 8am to 5pm seven days a week during the summer. After hours one member of our office staff will be available via phone for emergency needs. Our field staff is in touch with the office regularly and carries emergency satellite communication systems.

Student to Home: Part of our Adventure Academies is strengthening independence and self-reliance. Except for in the case of emergencies participants are not permitted to make phone calls home during trips. Students may travel with their phones, for use in airports; however, trip leaders will hold them in a safe place from arrival until departure. We cannot be responsible for lost stolen or damaged cell phones.

Emergencies: Parents can be assured that when it is important that a student talks with his or her parents, we will make sure that they are in touch as soon as possible. Our leaders carry satellite phones for emergencies.

No Personal Electronics

Reminding students of the simple pleasure found in nature is a major component of our trips. In order to achieve this goal, we remove them from the distractions of modern day adolescence. Therefore we do not permit personal electronics on our programs, except for cameras.

As soon as we receive your application and deposit online or over the phone you will receive a confirmation email. The confirmation email will have several attachments including the packing list for all trips (select and print the one for your trip), gear rental form, and 9 supplemental forms that must be filled out and returned to us. Once you have printed and filled out the enrollment forms you can either email them to [email protected], mail them to our office, or upload them to your online registration account.

Enrollment Forms

You can log into your online registration account at any time to view forms, print forms, submit forms, and check which forms you still need to submit. We have also attached the forms here for your reference. If you have any questions just let us know!

Our Meals

Participants are divided into three cook groups and work within their groups to plan our meals. Choosing from a cookbook of proven crowd pleasers, cook groups are responsible for planning and cooking meals for every third day under the supervision of a trip leader. All shopping is done as a group. Backpacking requires a lot of energy, so we make sure there is plenty of food to go around. In addition to three meals a day we have plenty of snacks to keep us energized between meals. Because of our family style meals, vegetarians eat the same meal as the rest of the group with the meat portion withheld. We can not accommodate strict kosher or vegan diets.

Traveling With a Friend

Traveling with a friend increases the likelihood of our participants continued excitement about fly fishing when they return back home. This helps us to reach our educational goals. Therefore we allow participants to sign up with friends. However, to help build group dynamics we do not allow more than two pairs of friends per trip. If you would like to sign up with a friend we suggest you sign up as early as possible.

Traveling To & From Your Program

Each program description provides start and end locations; families are responsible for making travel arrangements to and from these locations. Lillard Fly Fishing Expeditions leaders will be waiting for you at the arrival airport, and will stay with you on your departure day until it is time to board your plane.

Additional Costs

Transportation to and from the start and end locations, spending money, and personal gear are not included in the program fee. Lillard Fly Fishing Expeditions provides group gear and all fishing flies; students provide all personal equipment including fishing gear, backpacks and sleeping bags. We have quality sleeping bags, backpacks, and fishing rods/reels/tackle available to rent at a minimal cost. A comprehensive packing list will be mailed with your enrollment package. If you would like to take a look at one before enrolling we would be happy to send one to you.

We're Here to Help

Please don’t hesitate to contact us: 828-577-8204.

Payments & Refunds

A $500 deposit is due with your application or within ten business days for telephone applications. Full payment is due on May 15th. For applications received after April 15, full payment is due 30 within 30 days of registration and no later than 15 days before the start of the trip.

  • If your preferred Adventure Academy or dates are not available, your deposit will be returned in full.
  • If upon review of your enrollment forms, Lillard Fly Fishing Expeditions concludes we are not the appropriate fit for your child, your deposit and any other payments you made will be returned in full.
  • If at any point in the admissions process we determine that you have provided incomplete, misleading, or false statements, we will withdraw the offer of admission and no refund of any payments to Lillard Fly Fishing Expeditions will be made.
  • If you withdraw your child before May 15th (notice of the withdrawal must be made in writing), $250 of the deposit is refundable.
  • If you withdraw your child after May 15th, we are unable to grant refunds for any reason; including, but not limited to: voluntary withdrawal, illness or injury, summer school, or any other reason.
  • If your child leaves a program after it starts, there are no refunds for any reason; including, but not limited to: voluntary withdrawal, illness or injury, dismissal by Lillard Fly Fishing Expeditions (due to discipline, behavior, lack of fitness or motivation, etc.), or any other reason. Any costs incurred by Lillard Fly Fishing Expeditions related to an early departure are the sole responsibility of the parents.

Ready to Enroll?

Click "Enroll Now" or give us a call to get started. You can also send us an email at [email protected].

If you have any questions you can Request Information and we will contact you soon with answers.

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

Contact Us

[email protected]

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

(828) 577-8204