MT Road Trip Expedition II - Update 3

Hi all,

We're still at it - moving around a lot, seeing and fishing awesome, varied rivers that are unique and present different challenges. For this portion of the trip, the group split up and branched out in order to be able to fish rivers that are farther away from our base camp in Ennis. Some guys fished the Yellowstone with the rest of the crew fishing the Big Horn. Both rivers fished spectacularly, with everyone catching fish and some guys landing really great fish. We've been enjoying great weather - it's been warm, but occasional cloud cover is great both for fishing and for cooling off. Our evenings have been mellow. When we get to camp, the guys are usually pretty worn out, ready to eat and then wind down.

The last couple of days, the group floated on the famous Missouri River in Craig, Montana. This section of river is world-renowned for its large numbers of big fish. The kids took advantage of the opportunity presented and all managed to land multiple large fish. Fishing from boats is an awesome way to see the river and cover lots of water. For guys who hadn't fished from a boat, it took a minute to get used to - moving along with your line and fly is different. Everybody got the hang of it and had fish on in no time. It was a beautiful day and a half, everywhere you looked in the river, there were large trout.

In the remaining time, the group fished the Ruby River which is much smaller and only accessible through wade fishing. Having just fishing the wide Missouri, it was another technique adjustment. Despite the smaller water, the fish that live in this river are remarkably large and fight hard which serves for a great challenge. The kids used several different tactics to land these big fish. It was awesome watching them communicate, share strategies and which flies were working. 

It's hard to believe we're nearing the end of our trip. It's been an awesome trip with an awesome group of kids. We've got another day of wade fishing and then one more day in the boat - we expect both to be full of good laughs and even better fish. 

Until next time,

The guides

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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