Montana Road Trip Update I

Howdy Parents, 

The Montana Road Trip is off to a Hot start, literally. Like much of the country, Montana is experiencing an extreme heatwave. It took some adjustments to figure out what the fish wanted during these unusual conditions, but our group has begun to crack the code.  

We have spent the last three nights camped outside of Ennis, MT on the Upper Madison. This section of river is still cold enough to fish all day long, but we have had the best success fishing early in the morning, taking a swim break during the hottest part of the day, and returning for the evening hatch after an early dinner. The famous Three Dollar Bridge and Valley Garden walk wade sections have been the group's favorite. We started hooking some big fish right from the start, but hooking these big experienced brown trout and landing them while on foot are two different things. We have seen the backing on multiple fish, bent a few hooks, and lost a few to the rocks. With every day our percentages have been going up, and the big fish have started to hit the net. 

Tonight we will cool off with some ice cream and watch the fireworks in Ennis. Tomorrow we head to a new campsite along the Ruby River. The Ruby is home to some absolutely huge brown trout, and the group is excited to put their new skills to the test. We will send another update on the 8th.  

Tight lines, 

Pat, Will, Jeff, 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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