Grebe Lake Back country- Yellowstone Adventure

Greetings from Mammoth Hot Springs,

image5Yesterday afternoon our group exited our first backcountry of the trip. For two nights we camped out on the banks of Greebe Lake. Greebe Lake marks the start of the Gibbon River which eventually joins the Firehole River to form the Madison. What makes Greebe so special is the healthy population of Arctic Grayling which call it home. Greebe, Ice, and Wolf lakes are the last place in Yellowstone to catch these native fish which were once widespread in the park. We battled some wind on our first day at Greebe, but that did not stop everyone in our group from catching a fish. On our layover day we made a day hike to Wolf and Ice lakes. The smaller lakes had some better protection from the wind, and the result was some great fishing! Everyone caught some rainbow trout, and almost all of us were able to land some elusive Grayling.

Fishing the evening hatch.

Fishing the evening hatch." />

Our group made the hike out look easy, most likely due to the motivation of some hot showers. Tonight and tomorrow we will be staying at Mammoth Campground where we will take advantage of some fishing on the Gardner river for some trophy cutthroat and brown trout, and Obsidian Creek for some wild brook trout. Between the fishing we will head to the town of Gardner for some laundry and a delicious Burger. Some visits to the boiling river for a swim in the natural hot springs will fill any remaining free time.


A beautiful cutthroat from the Gardner River" />

We will send out another update before we head back into the backcountry on the 22nd.

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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