Maine Update 3

Hello from the Berkshires,

Our group made the trip south today from Lakewood Camps to Egremont Massachusetts, where we will spend the last few days of the trip fishing for northern pike in the Housatonic River, which winds in and out of the quaint towns here in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. It is hard to believe that the trip is already wrapping up, but we are definitely looking forward to trying to hook some river monsters over the next few days.

After two days of perfect weather at Lakewood Camps the rain came just as we were leaving.
Big Native Brook trout like this are what Lakewood is All about.

The past couple of days at Lakewood Camps were as advertised, as many large Brook Trout were landed as well as a plethora of hard fighting landlocked salmon. Lakewood Camps has been a staple in our Maine trip for as long as we have done it, and it never gets old. We could not be more thankful for their hospitality each and every time we stay.

In addition to the main attraction brook trout and salmon, we were able to give back to the incredible fishery that is the Rapid River by removing hundreds of invasive smallmouth bass from the river. Smallmouth were illegally stocked in the Rapid River, and take their toll on the trout population, which is why we remove the fish from the river. This has long been one of the most favorite community service trips of the whole summer. We are able to kill two birds with one stone: fishing and community service.

This is Will Yantis’s second Maine Expedition. His sole mission this year was to catch a trophy brook trout. After hour after hour dedicated to casting big streamers it finally paid off on his last cast at Lakewood Camps.

We have truly loved having this group of experienced anglers on our trip. Our group is a great mix of returning students and new students, but that has not stopped the group from meshing together well and catching a ton of fish. Stay tuned on instagram and the blog for more pictures from our last couple of days!

Tight Lines,

Edward, Cal, Dayton, and crew 

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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