Rocky Mountain Expedition II Final Update

Hard to believe that we are at the end of this trip!  The past week has flown by and tomorrow the crew heads back home all over the country.  After hiking out of the backcountry and cleaning up and resupplying, we headed to our new base of operations next to the Colorado River below the notorious Gore Canyon.  We spent a good part of the day cleaning up campsites, and the wade fishing area near the Pumphouse Campground and Boat Ramp.  After our service project was complete, I let the guys loose on the brown trout that inhabit this section of river.  The guys put their new skills to good use, and a few of them managed to pull out fish in the 15”-17” range!

 The next day was the capstone to the trip.  We woke up early, wolfed down some pancakes and breakfast sausages, then met up with our float guides from Cutthroat Anglers for a full day of floating and fishing the Colorado.  The guys acquitted themselves well, landing lots of fish, with a few 18”+ trophy browns sprinkled in the mix!  After the float we retired to camp, chilled out for a while, then gorged on chicken fajitas for dinner… probably one of the best meals of the trip!

Today we made to move to Silverthorne Colorado where we cleaned gear, packed for ourflights, then hit the local rec center for “spa day.”  Tonight we will be going out for steaks at The Mint Steakhouse here in Silverthorne, then hitting the hay early so we can make it to DIA for the flights home.  It truly has been an unforgettable trip with a great group of guys, and the memories from this trip will certainly last a lifetime!


Tight Lines!

Charlie Parr

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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