Yellowstone Expedition Update

After roughly 35 miles and 4 nights, we’re out of the backcountry. Heart Lake and the Upper Snake provided a beautiful setting for some great fishing. Rarely in Yellowstone can one go days without seeing another person. The fishing at Heart Lake proved to be difficult because of the low water year we are experiencing in the west. After forging through the difficult fishing the group was rewarded with great fishing for the last two nights on the Snake River. It's not often that you get to experience fishing a single dry fly to large and eager trout. Each of the boys was rewarded with a mesmerizing eat from a large Finespot Snake River Cutthroat. We fell asleep each night under the stars after watching spectacular sunsets. Before our final hike out, the crew enjoyed a rejuvenating soak in one of Yellowstone's many remote and rarely visited hot springs. 

We will have a few days of rest and recuperation while fishing Yellowstone's frontcountry rivers before heading out to our next backcountry adventure. We have many options to choose from, but our group is leaning toward challenging themselves against the biggest and toughest fish in the park on the Bechler River or revisiting a favorite of many of our returning participants, the Gardner. 


We also have some choices to make for our next backcountry. Our relatively small group of 9 total allows much more flexibility when it comes to choosing backcountry sites. We will send another update before we head into the backcountry and let you know what we decide. For now, we are headed to shower, do some much-needed laundry, and get pizza. Stay tuned for our next update!



Oliver, Stefan, 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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