Nearing the End

We are sad to say our Yellowstone portion of the trip has come to an end. We made the most of our last days fishing four different waterways. After our second shot at the Lower Gardner (with a bit of redemption before the rain came), we headed to West Yellowstone where we stayed at Baker’s Hole campground located right on the Madison River. We set up camp and shot north to the beautiful Gallatin River. We experienced tough fishing, but we made the most of our setting, enjoying scenery with our friends that we have grown close to over the course of the last two weeks. That evening those that chose to fish were pulling out native mountain whitefish from the Madison.

We had an early morning as we drove 40 miles to the Grebe Lake trailhead for a 7 mile round trip hike to fish for grayling. The grayling are native to the park as well, and this lake was our best shot to land them and it did not disappoint!

Grebe Lake was full of 8-14 inch Grayling

Grebe Lake was full of 8-14 inch Grayling" />

They were eager to crush our purple parachute Adams along with wooly buggers. A surprise came to most of us when we happened to pull out several rainbow trout as well! After getting our fix of grayling and trout we cruised our 3.5 mile hike back to the van and headed south to Grant campground. We got a much needed shower and clean clothes which aided in some of our best nights rest yet.

The next morning we slept in and had a nice breakfast with egg, bacon, and cheese sandwiches. We took our time getting out of camp and headed to Old Faithful. Our timing was much better this time around as our wait was a mere 20 minutes. We hung out after the blast, enjoying each others company before we headed south. Just before exiting the park, we stopped to fish the Upper Snake River for a few hours where we pulled in fine spotted Snake River cutthroat trout, a few browns, and some whitefish. Then it was off to the small town of Jackson, Wyoming.


A fat Snake River Brown." />

Our trip is nearing the end, but the guys are enjoying what may be the highlight of the trip today: fishing the scenic Snake River from a drift boat with WorldCast Anglers. Time is running out but we are enjoying every minute of it. image Tim, WJ, Ben 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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