We provide top-quality teen and custom wilderness fly fishing expeditions at Lillard Fly Fishing Expeditions. Therefore, our guides must possess diverse skills not required of a typical fly fishing guide. This is why our team of Trip Directors and Guides are almost entirely returning staff and alums of our programs. Their LFFE experience had a lasting impact on their lives, and now they work to provide that same experience for the next generation of LFFE guides. Many of them have been a part of LFFE for over five years, and we are proud to call all of them a part of the Lillard Fly Fishing Family. They are excellent guides, great leaders, and, most importantly, great people. 

Montana Regional Director / Head Guide

Pat Sheehy

Another NJ native, Pat Sheehy, first learned about LFFE when Will gave a presentation to his Boy Scout troop. Already an experienced angler Pat jumped at the opportunity to refine his skill on our 2012 Blue Ridge Adventure. Three trips later, he started working as a co-leader while attending Montana State. He earned a degree in Early Childhood Education in 2020, and we are lucky to have him direct our Montana and Yellowstone Expeditions. Pat's participants love his sense of humor, patience on and off the river, and knack for putting kids on big fish. When he is not on the water, you can find him hunting ducks and turkeys. Pat is a certified Wilderness First Responder and licensed Montana Guide. 

Rocky Mountain Regional Director / Head Guide

Jack Seiver

 

Jack was the first person to ever sign up for a Lillard Fly Fishing Expeditions trip. We have lost count of the number of LFFE trips he has participated in, but they have fostered a love for outdoor education. After receiving an Environmental Science degree from Santa Clara University, Jack mastered the art of leading wilderness trips for teens. He followed Will's footsteps and further trained his outdoor education skills while working for Naturalists at Large during the Fall and Spring. Most of his LFFE experience has been in Colorado, but he also led two Yellowstone Adventures in 2018. Jack is currently based out of Crested Butte and directing the Colorado Expeditions.

Trip Director

Will Yantis

Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Will grew up fishing and hunting in the fields of Western Kansas and the Ozarks of South Missouri. After a trip with his father to Montana at the age of 8, he knew he would eventually move out west. He started with LFFE in 2015 as a participant in our Yellowstone Adventure. After a few more LFFE trips in Yellowstone, Maine, and the Winds, Will graduated high school and made his way west to the University of Denver, where he is majoring in business marketing with a minor in sustainability. When Will isn’t in class or at Pioneer hockey games, you will find him on local rivers or in search of the next storm. Will joined the LFFE team as a co-leader after his freshman year and is looking forward to his fourth guiding season and second as Director of the Thorofare and Yellowstone Expeditions. 

Trip Director

Remi Bermingham

Remi’s love for fishing brought him to discover LFFE in 2016. It was his first introduction to fly fishing and the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains. After returning every summer for four years as a camper, Remi now eagerly helps guide the Colorado and Wind River expeditions. His passion for the Colorado mountains led him to attend Colorado College in Colorado Springs, where he graduated from in 2023 with a bachelor’s degree in Organismal Biology and Ecology. He has experience both fishing and guiding the Colorado Rocky Mountain Expedition, as well as the Colorado West Elk Expedition, the Yellowstone Expedition, and the Wind River Expedition. His home waters remain in and around the Shenandoah Valley near Washington DC, where he fly fishes for smallmouth and native brook trout. 

Guide

Cole Hauswirth

Cole's first summer guiding was in '22. He did his first Yellowstone expedition as an eighth grader, and after that trip, he fell in love, doing three more Yellowstone expeditions in the years to come. He went on the first Thorofare trip as a camper and later returned to co-lead the second one. Cole grew up in San Francisco and is currently a Sophomore at Colorado College, where he is pursuing a major in Economics and a minor in Environmental Studies. He grew up fishing the native trout and steelhead rivers of California and exploring the bay and delta for striped bass and halibut. When he isn't fishing, he can be found on the ski slopes!

Guide

Hunt McClary

Hunt grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, but has since lived in a few different places, including Steamboat Springs. He is a student at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia, and is pursuing a degree in Health and Exercise Science. Hunt went on his first Lillard trip seven years ago and immediately fell in love. He knew he wanted to work for LFFE after his first trip to Maine; he hopes he can help ignite someone’s passion for fly fishing just like the Lillard guides did for him. When he’s not on the river, you can find him hunting ducks, trail running, skiing, or camping. Hunt is a certified Wilderness First Responder and loves throwing meat for buck nasty browns.

 

Guide

Connor Stanley

Born and raised in North Carolina. Connor grew up with the abundant small wild trout streams in Western NC and East TN. What started as a hobby turned into an obsession. Connor first started with Lillard on the Yellowstone expedition in 2018. He returned the following summers to do other Montana and Maine expeditions. Since then, Connor has guided the Montana Guide Schools and Road Trips. His time working for LFFE has assured him that guiding is a full time passion. Most recently, Connor is working at Trophy Water Guide Service in East TN back near his home waters doing float trips on the South Holston and Watauga rivers. Getting others on fish is definitely Connor's focus most of the time. You can find him skiing, hunting, and camping all throughout the East Coast the rest of the year. 

Guide

Max Fishman

Originally from Sudbury, Massachusetts, Max has been fishing since age 14. Now a 20-year-old living in Montana, he still strives to get on the water as much as possible. After graduating high school and two LFFE trips, he knew moving out west was the right move. Even though he is an experienced fisherman, Max enjoys almost everything outdoors. From skiing after class on a Tuesday afternoon to camping in the backcountry, he demonstrates and carries the knowledge of an outdoorsman. On top of this, Max earned the rank of Eagle Scout in Troop 63 Sudbury, MA. Currently in school and working as a line cook, he is very excited for this summer and all that it has to bring!

 

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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.

Sincerely,

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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