Montana Road Trip Adventure Update

  Hello again from the Montana Roadtrip Adventure! We Have been having a ball running around Montana. Last you heard from us we were on the Bighorn River and planning to head back west the next day. But with the fishing as good as it was, leaving was a tough sell for the kids. As the saying goes, never leave fish to find fish. So after a group vote, we extended our stay on the Bighonr one more day. Our decision was rewarded with some of the best action and biggest fish of the trip.

After one more day of floating on the Bighorn we packed up the van, loaded up the boats, and hit the road back west towards Ennis. We had a well-deserved pizza stop in Bozeman before a quick pit stop at hq in Ennis to drop boats, eat a big dinner, and celebrate a birthday before heading back out. After a short drive over Ennis pass and through the historic mining town of Virginia City up to the Ruby Reservoir to camp for the night. We were all ready to get on the fish again in the morning. 

   We woke up the next morning and fished for a few hours before lunch and caught some nice fish, a little smaller in size but better in numbers. At lunch the group was feeling pretty worn out from the heat and theymmade a group decision to take the afternoon off from fishing and go do some swimming at the lake. We wrapped up the evening with some tacos and smores around the campfire, while we watched one of the most beautiful sunsets yet. 

   Tomorrow we are looking forward to finishing the trip strong by heading back to the Madison River. Reports are that the hopper bight has picked up during the day, and we will eat dinner on the water while we wait for the evening caddis hatch. We will conclude the trip by heading to the Bozeman Hot Springs for a soak and a banquet dinner from a local restaurant. It is hard to believe the trip is almost over, but we are excited for the next few days. 

Tight Lines, 

Henrey, Pat, and Max 


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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