Yellowstone Adventure I - Update 2

Hello! The Yellowstone Adventure I just came out of our first of two backcountry adventures, fishing, and exploring the picturesque Grebe and Cascade Lakes in the northern part of Yellowstone National Park.

The first five days of our journey fishing the legendary lakes and rivers of Yellowstone have been quite eventful, already catching six different species. Starting from the first day we wet some lines and fine-tuned our fly fishing skills on the Gibbon River targeting hungry native grayling and westslope cutthroat trout that were ferociously eating pretty much anything we threw at them. After a hearty dinner that evening, we fished the evening hatch on the Madison, just a few minutes walk from our campsite.

The next day featured much of the same, with hungry fish on the Firehole River where we targeted some larger brown and rainbow trout and after lunch fished Obsidian Creek for brook trout. That night we got to bed early after a spaghetti and veggie dinner, anticipation rising for our hike into the backcountry the following day.

Our trip into the backcountry was to be a two-night excursion where we split the group in half - one group going to Grebe Lake and the other going to Cascade Lake and switching after a day. Grebe Lake was full of eagerly rising large westslope cutties and grayling with a backcountry campsite just a few steps from the lake. The Cascade Lake campsite had a great view of the valley surrounded by tall hills on both sides. The fishing was just as good as the view with our first shot at Yellowstone cutthroat trout. In the end, our conversations around the campfire were just as good as the fishing that we enjoyed during the day. After hiking back into the front country this morning the kids are looking forward to a pizza dinner in West Yellowstone tonight.

We’re back into the backcountry tomorrow in search of gigantic Yellowstone cutthroat on Slough Creek and can’t wait to let you know how it goes.

Until Next Time,

Shane, Hunt, Jacob, 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.

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