Montana Road Trip Expedition - update 2

Hi all!

The Montana Road Trip has had a great first few days of fishing! Energy is high! Exploring the Ruby and Madison Rivers at their peak fishing always makes for a fun time. Everybody has had a great time learning and practicing the fundamentals of fly fishing, from knot tying to mending drifts to roll casts and water loading. Everybody is catching on nicely and landing fish!

We split up the group for the last two days, one group going to the Ruby to wade fish while the other group has floated on the Madison River and then switched the next day so everybody has gotten a chance to explore all the different water Montana has to offer. The Ruby has been producing well with all types of fishing from classic hopper dropper to even some streamer action to be found. On the way to the Ruby, the groups have driven through the historic famous old gold mining towns of Virginia and Nevada City near Alder. Hungry for fish after catching trout all day, the group that went to the Ruby decided to keep the 14 fat whitefish caught that day and fried them up for dinner. The guys loved the fresh montana whitefish tacos!

The salmon flies have still been out and about on The Madison! On the float, the fishing was filled with top water action on big stonefly patterns. The salmon fly hatch was on the come down, but we still managed to get a couple. The golden stones started hatching and the fish started to key in on them a lot more than the salmon flys. Both days were long floats through the walk and wade section of the Madison River that does not allow people to fish out of boats. 

Both rivers have been producing fish and everybody is getting a chance to have plenty of space to work the water and witness the different types of water Montana has to offer. After some good days on the river, afternoon tube floats are always a hit. Maybe a talent show or some foosball and ping pong to close out the night. Tomorrow we head east to Fort Smith to fish the Bighorn for 2 days before we had back towards Bozeman to float the yYellowstone River to close out the trip.

We're having so much fun! We have a great group of guys - they're fun, funny, and great fisherman! Until next time!


Tight lines,


The MT Guide group

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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