LFFE Alum on How His LFFE Experience Sparked an Interest in Conservation


In 2018 Riley Nebolsine caught his first trout as part of a Lillard Fly Fishing Expeditions Yellowstone Adventure. That trout, a native Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout, helped spark a love for fly fishing and subsequently a passion for conservation. During his 3 LFFE trips that followed, that love and passion continued to grow. An experience he wrote about in an essay that received an honorable mention from Trout Unlimited. In Riley's words, "I entered an essay competition with trout unlimited that was about the specific moment when you felt a responsibility to get involved with conservation.  The moment I chose was catching my first trout on my first Lilliard trip in Yellowstone...I want to say thank you so much for the inspiration to write this essay, and the Lillard trips which I’ve been on have been some of the most wonderful times of my life." 

Riley, with his first native trout, landed with LFFE in the backcountry of Yellowstone National Park.

Read Riley's full piece here

We are the ones who should be thanking Riley. During all of the difficulty of operating during COVID, you and your essay remind us why we work so hard to achieve the LFFE mission.

Here is to "inspiring future generations of confident and independent anglers with a passion for conservation." 


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

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Lillard Fly Fishing Expeditions
2540 King Road
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768

(828) 577-8204