Winter Steelhead Expedition

Winter Steelhead Expedition

Western NY Steelhead and trophy lake run Brown Trout.

Ever had a fish peel line off into your backing in seconds? Come feel the tug of Steelhead and trophy Browns in Western New York. With 8 world class Steelhead and brown trout streams all within 1hr of each other, Western New York is one of the few places on the east coast to catch these magnificent fish. They call them the fish of a thousand casts for good reason, but once you catch one, fly fishing will never be the same. This trip is designed for the experienced trout angler looking to gain the skills and experience to become a confident and independent steelhead fishermen. As the trip goes on you will transition from being guided, to having the skills to fish alongside your guide. This trip is open to students in 9th grade and above.*Note-Weather in the Great Lakes Region during December is highly unpredictable, as is the fishing. Severe cold can limit the time spent on the water, as well as the water that is available to fish.

Upcoming Trips

Dates Cost Arrive/Depart Location
Dec 29 - Jan 03, 2021


Rochester, NY
Entering 9th Grade
Entering 10th Grade
Entering 11th Grade
Entering 12th Grade
Entering College Freshman
College Student
What to Bring

Warm Clothes and Waders! In addition to a 7-9 weight rod and reel you will need waders and lots of warm clothes! Please give us a call at 828-577-8204 for more info.

  • Fish for steelhead the size of your leg
  • Target the largest brown trout you have ever seen
  • Spend the nights out of the cold in a toasty warm house, enjoying home cooked meals
  • After Dinner we will sit around tying flies, telling stories, and getting ready for another great day on the water

Day 1

Meet at Greater Rochester International. Other transportation from the East Coast could be arranged. Call for details.

Day 2-4

We will explore several different rivers as we search for trophy steelhead and brown trout in the Lake Ontario tributaries surrounding our home base. At night we will warm up with home cooked meals.

Day 5

Back on the road to head home.

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