Make the transition from angler to guide
Lillard Fly Fishing Expeditions ran our first fly fishing trips for teens in 2010. Between head guides Will and Charlie, LFFE already had over ten years of guiding/trip-leading experience. That experience and knowledge led to our immediate success on the fly fishing front and, even more importantly, on the safety and educational fronts. Every summer since then, we have not been able to plan enough trips to keep up with the increasing demand. The greatest obstacle to running more trips has always been finding more trip directors equipped with the diverse skill sets that set our programs apart from the rest. Our Leader In Training (LIT) program allows us to work with alumni of our teen Expeditions who are entering their freshman and sophomore years of college to fine-hone their fly fishing/camping knowledge and, just as importantly, their leadership skills.
One LIT per adventure/expedition
LFFE Expedition Alumni who have graduated high school. Alumni who have completed 4 summers with LFFE but have not graduated high school are eligible to be a LIT on Adventure level trips.
25% off trip tuition
The LIT position is a chance for LFFE alum to transition from participant to trip leader. LITs will have all the same opportunities to fish as they did as a participant, with the added responsibility of being a LIT. Instead of learning things like how to catch more fish, or how to cook a meal, LITs will focus more on how to help others catch more fish, or how to plan meals for a group. They should be prepared to take on greater responsibilities and an enhanced leadership role.
- Take on a greater leadership role
- Practice skills you will need to become a trip leader
- Develop your own leadership style
- Constant feedback from your trip director
- End of trip evaluation with trip director and co-leaders.
No. LFFE co-leaders and trip directors have to meet a list of requirements, possess a wide array of skills, and be a confident leader. If you would like to be a LFFE co-leader in the future the LIT program will help you become more prepared but does not guarantee you a position.
No. We hire trip leaders based on their ability, character, and leadership skills. The majority of our assistant trip leaders have intimate knowledge of our programs as an alumni, LIT or both, but it is not required.