Yellowstone Girls Expedition

The Yellowstone girls trip had a great first week!

The girls headed from Bozeman into The National park straight away. Camping and fishing for the first two nights near the Gardiner River. After a little refresher course on casting and technique, the girls were back at it, catching some beautiful rainbow trout. With fishing closures after 2pm due to higher temperatures, we had ample time in the evenings to explore the geysers and other thermal features Yellowstone has to offer.

After a quick viewing of the famous “Old Faithful” geyser eruption, we headed to our second campsite. A small stream near camp produced many beautiful Brook trout. The next morning it was time to head to the Lamar Valley in search of big cutthroat trout. We camped three nights at Pebble Creek, another fun stream where we caught beautiful Yellowstone cutthroat. A few rainy nights left the Lamar river quite muddy, but the girls, impressively, both landed multiple nice cutthroats using nymphs. On our final day in The Valley, we took a day hike up Slough Creek where the waters were clear and we could spot lots of big trout feeding. The fishing was tough but both girls landed fish. Hannah caught a new personal best with a 20” Yellowstone cutthroat.

The girls are awesome at helping cook delicious camp meals, and they like to make a fire each night. The wildlife has been abundant. So far, we have spotted bison, elk, deer, antelope, bighorn sheep, hawks, black bear, and even some wolves in the distance!!

We head into the backcountry tomorrow for three more days of hiking and fishing!! Everyone is in good spirits and we are having an absolute blast.


Tight Lines, 

Ali and the girls

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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