Lamar River Valley

Howdy From Yellowstone,


Our group is out of the beautiful Lamar River Valley backcountry. Our hike in was astonishing as we backpacked along the Lamar River with mountains on both sides of us. We travelled through herds of bison and across rivers to reach our final destination; a gorgeous campsite tucked at the confluence of Cache Creek and the Lamar River. The afternoon was spent pulling out native cutthroat trout out of Cache Creek. Many of the boys caught brilliant fish over 12 inches. We wrapped up the evening eating fitting buffalo mac-and-cheese. The next morning the young anglers were anxious to get back out there after their previous success on Cache Creek. The second day was spent in a true Yellowstone valley fishing the mighty Lamar River. This picture perfect river flows between two mountains containing big pockets of water separated by swifter currents. Fish couldn’t get enough of the boys’ big shiny streamers and delicate dry flies. Paralleling to the day before, the boys caught bright, colorful cutthroat all day long. The tiring day of catching fish proposed a big dinner in which we fixed up pitta pizzas; just enough to re-fuel and get back on the water.


The group woke up this morning and packed up their bags for a breezy downhill hike out. We took showers and got snacks at the Roosevelt Lodge only to come back to th e campground and eat chilidogs. This afternoon we will suit back up and fish Pebble Creek, which runs along the campsite.


Tomorrow the group packs their backpacks and heads to the infamous Slough Creek. Slough Creek is definitely a highlight of the trip. This awesome body of water flows through a big open valley with many oxbows, which provides fantastic fishing. It is home to big hungry cutthroats along side a sprinkle of rainbow trout. The boys should have a blast in this magnificent place having no time to think between fish. All is well up here in Yellowstone and no complaints can be made.


Tight lines,

Edward, Robbie, Cal, and crew. IMG_0152

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.

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