Maine Expedition Off to a Great Start

Greetings from beautiful Maine. We are all very excited to have this eager group of young anglers on this Maine Woods Expedition, a trip that should not be short of amazing fishing and scenery. Pick up day went quite smoothly, and we were on the road to Maine from Boston shortly in the afternoon, arriving at Lily Bay State park located on Moosehead Lake in the evening with enough light to watch the sunset and listen to the Loons as we fell asleep.

The first full day of the trip is always fun. After the necessary stop at the local fly shop, our anxious group of fisherman ate a hurried lunch and were immediately ready to hit the water. Many of the members of the group caught their first salmon of their lives in the headwaters of the East Outlet of the Kennebec River, which is extremely exciting.

This morning we are loading up the canoes to cross Indian pond, where we will spend the next four nights in the backcountry in search of brook trout, landlocked salmon, and smallmouth bass. Once we reach our campsite, we will set up camp and spend the rest of the day wade fishing the East Outlet once again, but this time at the mouth of the river. The following two days brings one of the undoubted highlights of the trip: canoeing the West Outlet for trophy smallmouth. The final days in the backcountry will be spend wade fishing the East Outlet again, a fishery known for its incredible late evening caddis hatches. We are looking forward to the rest of this trip and will keep you updated along the way!

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