Yellowstone Expedition II 2023 Update II

The Yellowstone Expedition is on the board! We spent our first day in the park practicing some basics while fishing the Gibbon River for some eager Brown and Brook Trout. It was a great start to the trip, as everyone found some success during our first day on the water. After fishing, we continued on to our campsite at Grant Village along the banks of Yellowstone Lake.

Half the group hit the trail for their backcountry this morning. A three-night trek into the headwaters of the Snake River. There they will have the chance to land some Native Snake River Cutthroat and the occasional trophy Brown Trout. One of our groups earlier this summer even caught three lake trout. The other half of the group spent today chasing huge Yellowstone Cutthroat on the upper Yellowstone River. For the next two nights, we will all meet up in the backcountry before the first group hikes out on the 31st.

We will send another trip update when the second group gets out on the 1st and we all head to Bridge Bay campground for some showers and laundry. With any luck, by the next time you hear from us, we hope to have caught 4 different species of trout. 

Ed, Max, Burke 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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