Minnesota Canoe Expedition - Update 1

Hi families,

We have arrived in Minneapolis! The day of travel went smoothly; guys came in throughout the late morning and afternoon. After collecting everyone, we hit the road with the van (*the coolest van in the LFFE fleet) and trailer packed down with supplies. After a quick lunch at a nearby park, we stopped at Thorne Bros fly shop. The group was amazed by the size of the flies needed to catch musky -- some took twho hands to hold. We saw a mount of the state record musky, a 55 lb behemoth and it immediately caught the attention of all the boys. Spirits are high in hopes and dreams are big -- surely there's another one that big (or bigger!).

With rain in the forecast, we are also learning that weather controls all and being flexible is a key factor for success in the wilderness. Tonight we'll have burgers and get to bed relatively early, hoping to wake up refreshed for a week of action-packed fishing. 

We plan to float the St. Croix for three days and see how the weather/river is acting for the rest of the week. This allows us to be more flexible and see new water if the river stops fishing well.

The first day of a trip is always fun, seeing the group meet, watching nerves melt away, and observing as new friendships form. We're excited about the next week! The energy is high, the fishing should be good, and we're set up to have a great time. Until next time!

Tight lines,

The Minnesota guide 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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