Montana Road Trip Adventure Update I

Greetings from beautiful Ennis, Montana! This evening we arrived at our own slice of paradise here on the banks of the world-famous Madison River. After a little wait at the Bozeman airport we made short work of the hour drive through the mountains, with a rather lively and optimistic van full of boys -- immediate van chatter always bodes well for the days ahead. Upon arrival we set up our sleeping bags in the wall tents, and everyone got to know each other whilst sharing a dinner of cheeseburgers and corn on the cob. We took some time to introduce, or reintroduce, some of the basics of fly fishing like casting, knots, fly selection and identification, and went over the trip’s itinerary. Everyone is getting along well so far, it’s always a pleasure to get 12 like-minded boys together to do what they love! After hiking up the foothills to watch the golden light ofe sunset hit the Big Sky Mountains we are getting ready for bed, excited for the adventures that lie ahead.

The beauty in the Road Trip is the ability for the guides to maintain a flexible itinerary. As river flows, temperatures, turbidity, and bug life changes, so does the quality of the fishery. With an open schedule we are able to move around the state, taking full advantage of whatever water is fishing best. For this trip, we have planned to spend a few days around Ennis fishing the Madison as well as some smaller rivers before embarking on a longer trip to fish the Bighorn River, which is a personal favorite of the guides. The Bighorn, like the Madison, grants opportunities to catch humongous Brown and Rainbow Trout, as well as different varieties of Cutthroat. With the plethora of options at our disposal, the trip is shaping up to be an amazing experience here in the Treasure State. 

We will check back in with our next update in a few days time, hopefully with some big trout already in the net! 

Until then -- tight lines! 

Dave, Max, Zach, and the 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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Pisgah Forest, NC 28768

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