Montana Road Trip Adventure

Montana Road Trip Adventure

1 van, 11 days, 4 of Montana's best rivers, countless memories

In 1974, Montana stopped stocking trout in streams and rivers that supported wild trout populations. That decision ultimately created one of the best wild trout fisheries in the world. Pair that with the 1984 Montana Stream Access Law, which grants public access to most of Montana’s fisheries, and you can understand why Montana is such a special place for anglers. It would take years to explore all the fantastic fishing Montana has to offer. With Bozeman as our hub, we will have access to some of the most iconic stretches of water like the Yellowstone, Madison, and Gallatin rivers and some lesser-known "secret" spots. For 11 days, we will road trip from river to river, chasing the best fishing conditions. During the day, the massive variety of water will provide us the flexibility to go where the fishing is best. At night we will set up camp feet from the river allowing us maximum time on the water. All with one goal, WILD TROUT! We will spend the final two days of the trip volunteering with a local conservation organization, followed by a half-day float on the Madison River. We will cap it all off with a banquet dinner before everyone departs from Bozeman the next morning.

Upcoming Trips

Dates Cost Arrive/Depart Location
Jul 18 - Jul 28, 2024


Bozeman, MT
Entering 7th Grade
Entering 8th Grade
Entering 9th Grade
Entering 10th Grade
Community Service
5 Hours
What to Bring

We have put together a list of all that you will need for a successful and comfortable expedition. We offer a rental program for most of the big ticket items like fly rods, reels, sleeping bags, etc.. If you are already enrolled, you can rent gear by logging into your account at: and navigating to Forms & Documents —> Rental Options.

My 14-year old came back from his trip talking about everything he had learned about fishing and also all of the beautiful places he had visited. I particularly loved how the counselors led the groups in making decisions about the best places to fish, encouraging the group to take the more challenging routes to reach more fishing success- such great learning moments.

  • Fish some of America's most iconic rivers
  • Chase trophy brown trout, native cutthroat, and hard-fighting rainbows 
  • Camp steps from the river's edge
  • Float fish some of Montana's most iconic rivers.  
  • A flexible itinerary allows us to go where the fishing is best.


  • Yellowstone Cutthroat
  • Snake River Cutthroat
  • Brown Trout
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Brook Trout


  • Madison
  • Yellowstone
  • Boulder
  • Ruby
  • and more

How, where, and when do participants meet their group?

The Montana Road Trip begins and ends at the Bozeman, MT Airport. Participants can fly to/from the airport on arrival/departure day or be dropped off/picked up by a parent/guardian. Participants can arrive at any time on arrival day. We typically leave the airport by 3 pm, but we can send the van back for later flights if necessary. Unaccompanied minors will be met at their gate. Participants flying as adults should follow signs to the baggage claim. Their LFFE trip leader will meet them there. On the last day of the trip, flights that depart before 2 pm are ideal. We can take multiple trips to the airport, so accommodating early flights is not a problem. Your trip leaders will help you check in and wait with the group until the last participant's flight leaves.

Do I need to have fly fishing experience? 

Our Adventures are made up of students ranging in experience from total beginner to expert. Regardless of your skill level, your guides, along with a variety of water fishes, will make you a more confident and independent angler.

Do I need to have fly fishing equipment?

Students are responsible for their fly rod, reel, line, and a few other personal fishing items. Don't have gear? Not a problem. We have quality Orvis rods and reels available to rent.

What other equipment will I need?

A link to a complete packing list can be found under each trip page's what to bring section. Group gear such as tents, stoves, etc., is all provided by LFFE. Personal equipment such as sleeping bags and backpacks are all available to rent.

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