Montana Road Trip Expedition I Update I

Greetings from the beautiful state of Montana where we now reminisce on all the fish caught today, as well as the many more that got away, while enjoying the views around our campsite, and the long hours of sunlight. 

After gathering all the kids from the Bozeman Airport we settled down at our first campsite in Ennis, Montana. There, the kids have enjoyed tying flies, playing spike ball, and sharing stories. Luckily the weather has been on our side for the majority of the trip thus far, with just a few hours of rain over the past few days. 

The last three days, the kids have been fishing the world-renowned Madison River and it has not failed to produce. Everyone has been catching fish, with a few big Brown Trout and a handful of big Rainbow Trout in the net. We are still waiting for a big fly hatch in the hopes of catching some fish on dry flies, but in the meantime, nymphs have been working particularly well. 


The fishing has been so good on the Madison that the group voted to stay one more day. With waters clearing up and flows decreasing, our plan is to make a move to the Ruby River, which is located about an hour west of where we now reside. Following a multi-day trip to the Ruby River, we are optimistic that the Salmon Flies will hatch. If so, the kids will be in for some of the best fishing of their lives, throwing massive dry flies for some hungry fish. 


After three rewarding days on the water, we are excited to see what the next few days hold and we are eager to sling some more flies. 


Tight Lines, 

Pat, Josh, Peter, Zach, and the boys. 

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.

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