Montana Road Trip Expedition I Update III

Hello from atop the Ruby Reservoir located in southwestern Montana. We arrived at our new campsite yesterday morning after much success on the Madison River, where all the kids enjoyed pulling out a sufficient number of both Rainbow and Brown Trout, as well as the occasional Whitefish. 

When we got word that the water clarity in the Ruby River had improved significantly and flows had decreased, we decided to pack up and head that way. Upon arrival, the kids set up their tents and then rigged up their rods, wasting no time. Although the Ruby can be trickier than the Madison River at times, the kids were able to catch some big Brown Trout on various flies before coming back to camp to eat dinner. 

Today the kids woke up bright and early with hopes of being the first ones on the river. Luckily our efforts paid off, and we were rewarded with some big fish. When we returned to camp for lunch, we heard of Salmon Flies hatching on the Madison River. With this news, we made a group decision to cut our trip to the Ruby early and then quickly packed up our campsite to head back to Ennis. 

Tomorrow we will head back to the Madison River to catch some fish on dry flies. We will leave it up to the group, but we will most likely spend the next two days chasing salmon flies up and down the Upper-Madison River (with a few hours of community service on Friday). On Saturday, we will make our float trip before returning to Bozeman for our final banquet dinner.

The trip is flying by! 

Tight Lines, 

Pat, Josh, Pete, and Zach


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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