The LFFE Blog

Whats new with LFFE? Updates from our trips. Fly fishing and conservation related articles and videos. Find them all here on the LFFE Blog

December 10, 2017

2017 Video Edits

A lot of participants and trip leaders bring their GoPro cameras on our trips. But most of the time that video gets filed away on their computers. In 2017 we were lucky to have some passionate participants and trip leaders who … Continue reading

December 6, 2017

2017 Holiday Gift Guide

We usually ask friend of LFFE and Orvis NYC fly fishing manager, Rob Ceccarini, for help with our holiday gift guide. This year we decided to ask someone with a behind the scene perspective of our programs. Morgan Krell is … Continue reading

August 22, 2017

Summer 2017 Grand Finale

What a few days it has been! Our final Yellowstone Expedition of the summer wrapped up today with what was literally a once in a lifetime grand finale. After finishing off our time in Yellowstone with some spectacular fishing in … Continue reading

August 13, 2017

Colorado Adventure RMNP Update

Time sure does fly when you’re having fun!  It’s hard to believe that we are already halfway through this trip.  We have been fishing hard the past few days, and the crew has done great so far. Our first full … Continue reading

August 10, 2017

Yellowstone Adventure Update

Greetings from Grant Village! It has been an amazing few days! During our time in Mammoth we enjoyed fishing the Gardner River and Obsidian Creek. We pulled cutthroat and brook trout out of both rivers. In the evening we soaked … Continue reading

August 8, 2017

Yellowstone Expedition Update

Hello all, Our Yellowstone Expedition is off to a great start. After everyone arrived in Jackson on time we quickly got to know each other over burgers, s’mores, fish stories around the campfire. It has been pretty much none stop … Continue reading

August 4, 2017

West Elk Update 4

What a week it has been here in Colorado!  Last you heard from us we were headed into the heart of the Colorado Rockies, today we made our triumphant exit back to civilization exhausted, but stoked on the amazing time … Continue reading

August 4, 2017

Yellowstone Adventure II Greebe Lake Update

Howdy from Mammoth Campground! Our trip has gotten off to a great start! On Tuesday we drove to Grant Village on the southern shore of Yellowstone Lake. After getting fishing permits and setting up camp, we had a quick casting … Continue reading

July 30, 2017

Colorado West Elk Expedition Update

Sorry for the delay with getting the update out this week, but we’ve been pretty busy in between our backcountry sections.  After our showers, laundry, and re-supply, we spent the last four nights camped along the world famous Taylor River … Continue reading

July 30, 2017

Yellowstone Expedition II Bechler Update

The Yellowstone Expedition is back in Jackson WY! The last few days have flown by, and we have three full days of activities planned before our final banquet dinner. Four days ago we exited Yellowstone via the West Yellowstone gate, … Continue reading

July 29, 2017

Sough Creek Update

Hello from Grant Village Campsite, Our group came out of the backcountry yesterday, and the fishing in Slough Creek could not have been better. Each one of our experienced anglers caught trophy size Cutthroat trout, which will undoubtedly provide many … Continue reading

July 28, 2017

Yellowstone Adventure Update

The final countdown is on for the Yellowstone Adventure group. It has been a busy few days! Today the group is out float fishing the Snake River with some of the top guides in the country from WorldCast Anglers. It … Continue reading

July 26, 2017

Saguache backcountry

Coming out of the backcountry is always bittersweet.  It means we get to shower, do laundry, not drink iodine water, eat better food… but we leave behind the amazing vistas, incredible fishing, and peaceful solitude of the wilderness.  Needless to … Continue reading

July 26, 2017

Front country fishing

After our heroic return from the backcountry, we have continued to slay trout. We spent the last few nights at the Mammoth Campground fishing a few different rivers. The Gardiner River runs very close to Mammoth Campground and we have been very … Continue reading

July 24, 2017

Yellowstone Adventure Update

It is hard for us to believe, but the Yellowstone Adventure is wrapping up our time in the Park. The past few days have been action packed, and absolutely flew by. We started our final backcountry of the trip by … Continue reading

July 23, 2017

Slough Creek Backcountry

Greetings from back in the front country of Yellowstone National Park. The last for days have been full of adventure and excitement. The group split into two groups with each group spending two nights in the Slough Creek backcountry while … Continue reading

July 22, 2017

Pebble Creek Update

Hello from Pebble Creek Campground! The Gardner River did not disappoint. Our skilled anglers pulled out a beautiful variety of fish, many of trophy qualities. The Gardner River is one of the most special rivers in Yellowstone, as it winds … Continue reading

July 20, 2017

Grebe Lake Back country- Yellowstone Adventure

Greetings from Mammoth Hot Springs, Yesterday afternoon our group exited our first backcountry of the trip. For two nights we camped out on the banks of Greebe Lake. Greebe Lake marks the start of the Gibbon River which eventually joins … Continue reading

July 19, 2017

Lamar Valley Update Yellowstone Expedition Group A

Greetings from the Lamar Valley, Our trip is off to a fantastic start. After arrival day we headed into Yellowstone National Park to get the fishing started. A quick hike from our campsite brought us to the Lewis and Snake … Continue reading

July 18, 2017

Yellowstone Advanced Expedition Group 1 update

  Howdy from Mammoth Campground! Heavy rain in Idaho while we were in Jackson put the Bechler back over its banks. With a quick audible, we headed into the southeast entrance of the park to find some better conditions. Luckily, … Continue reading

July 16, 2017

Colorado Rocky Mountain Update- Lost Lake

The last 5 days have been nothing short of amazing.  After exiting the north inlet backcountry we completed a day of service working with the trails crew in Rocky Mountain National Park.  Our service project consisted of repairing a section of … Continue reading

July 10, 2017

Colorado Rocky Mountain Expedition Backcountry Update

Today we hiked out of the North Inlet backcountry near Grand Lake Colorado, and oh boy what a four days we had in the woods!  On Friday we started our hike with unusually hot weather for the mountains, but the heat quickly … Continue reading

July 9, 2017

Maine Expedition Final Update

Greeting from Massachusetts, We ended the trip with some of the best fishing we could have asked for. Lakewood Camps was a huge success! A majority of the guys landed trophy brook trout and landlocked salmon. They loved the cabins … Continue reading

July 4, 2017

Maine Expedition Update

Hello from the Rangeley Lakes Region, We have arrived at one of the highlights of the trip: Lakewood Camps. We will be staying in rustic cabins here on the grounds for two nights on the headwaters of the Rapid River, … Continue reading

June 30, 2017

Maine Expedition Update

Hello from Greenville, We have made it out of the backcountry on Indian Pond. On arrival day, we paddled to a beautiful campsite along the East Outlet of the Kennebec River, which provided smallmouth bass, brook trout, and landlocked salmon … Continue reading

June 26, 2017

Colorado Adventure 1

What a trip it has been so far!  It seems like the trip has lasted way longer than the five days since we met the crew at DIA on the 21st, because we have packed so much into those days. … Continue reading

June 26, 2017

Maine Expedition Update

Greetings from Indian Pond, Our group of talented young anglers and us guides made it safely to Maine on Saturday after a quick pitstop for pizza on our way up. After setting up our tents, we finished off the night … Continue reading

June 21, 2017

Maine Adventure Final Update

Greetings from the Road— After departing from Cupsuptic Campground on Monday morning, we headed further southwest towards the New Hampshire border, where we met by a boat ready to ferry the group across Richardson Lake to historic Lakewood Camps. Lakewood … Continue reading

June 17, 2017

Maine Adventure Backcountry Update

Howdy from the Maine Woods, It is hard to believe that our Maine Adventure is rounding the halfway mark. We have had some good fishing despite some tough conditions. This morning, we paddled our canoes out of the backcountry after … Continue reading

June 3, 2017

Blue Ridge Update

Greetings from North Carolina, We are back from a successful trip to the West Fork of the Pigeon! Everyone caught plenty of fish, and more importantly honed their fishing skills. We landed every possible species of trout in the river … Continue reading

December 6, 2016

Custom Adventures

Custom Family Adventures-Have you dreamed of taking you family on a wilderness adventure but don’t know where to start. We will work with you to design the trip of a lifetime hiking into the secluded backcountry, or “glamping” on the … Continue reading

December 1, 2016

2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Looking for the perfect gift for the fly fisherman or woman in your life! We collaborated with fly fishing manager at Orvis NYC, Rob Ceccarini, to put together a list of the top gift in each price range. He selected … Continue reading

October 25, 2016

Instagram Takeover

For the first time ever LFFE will be hosting takeovers of our instagram account by LFFE Alums. This is a fun opportunity to get your favorite pictures from your past LFFE trips on our Instagram feed. Here is how it … Continue reading

August 23, 2016

Final Update

It is hard to believe that I am sitting in a comfy leather chair in the Jackson Library writing my final trip update of the summer. It feels like yesterday that I was in North Carolina gearing up for the first … Continue reading

August 17, 2016

Final Colorado Adventure Update

On Monday we worked with Rocky Mountain National Park on our service project for the trip.  We teamed up with the park’s fire crew to construct fire piles for the morning.  Fire piles are essentially large piles of tightly stacked wood … Continue reading

August 16, 2016

Final Backcountry of the Summer

Greetings from a laundry mat in Driggs Idaho. This morning we hiked out of the backcountry for the final time. We are sad that our trip is coming to an end, but excited for all the excitement the final few … Continue reading

August 14, 2016

Rocky Mountain update

For the last 4 days we have been exploring the rarely visited remote northwest corner of Rocky Mountain National Park.  Tucked in between the Mummy Range and the Never Summer range, this part of the park sees almost no visitors, … Continue reading

August 13, 2016

Yellowstone Expedition Update

Hello from Mammoth Hot Springs After spending three days together in the front country we are all now getting ready to pack up and head into our final backcountry site, the Bechler River.  It will be hard for this group … Continue reading

August 10, 2016

Yellowstone Slough Creek Update

Greetings from Gardiner MT. Our final Yellowstone Expedition of the summer is off to a great start. After arriving in Jackson, WY we set out for Yellowstone to prepare for our Slough Creek backcountry and front country days in the … Continue reading

August 9, 2016

West elk update pine creek

  There are many reasons why this past backcountry is usually one of my favorites every summer.  And this year proved to be no different.  We started this trip into the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Sunday morning with the stated goal of netting … Continue reading

July 30, 2016

West Elk Expedition

Despite not being in the backcountry, the last few days have been action packed.  After getting out of the canyon, getting cleaned up, and moving to a new site near Gunnison and Crested Butte, we were ready for the comforts … Continue reading

July 28, 2016

Yellowstone Expedition Update

Where has all the time gone? Our group has just exited the backcountry for the last time after a great trip on Bechler River. Only a float fishing trip on the South Fork of the Snake River, a service project with … Continue reading

July 27, 2016

Yellowstone Adventure Final Update

Greetings from beautiful Jackson Hole, Wow! What an incredible ending to the trip it has been. Yesterday was spent rafting the beautiful Snake River canyon, which provides both amazing scenery and thrilling whitewater. This adventure will surely be remembered for … Continue reading

July 26, 2016

West Elk Update 1

Well, we just certainly had one of the most epic beginnings to any trip in recent memory.  After leaving DIA, we drove to Buena vista for our first night.  The action really got started on our second day.  We picked … Continue reading

July 24, 2016

Slough Creek BC

Hello from Yellowstone,   Our group of now experienced anglers came out of the Slough Creek backcountry this afternoon all with stories of the big wild cutthroats that had eagerly taken our flies. The fishing was incredible to go along with the … Continue reading

July 22, 2016

Yellowstone Expedition Up Slough Creek

The last six nights in Yellowstone have been nothing short of spectacular. Our group Split into two groups as we took turns heading into the backcountry of Slough Creek for three nights each. With our group split in two we … Continue reading

July 21, 2016

Lamar River Valley

Howdy From Yellowstone, Our group is out of the beautiful Lamar River Valley backcountry. Our hike in was astonishing as we backpacked along the Lamar River with mountains on both sides of us. We travelled through herds of bison and … Continue reading

July 18, 2016

Yellowstone Adventure BC 1 Update

Greetings from Yellowstone National Park, We exited the Grebe Lake backcountry yesterday, and our awesome group of young anglers fared very well in their first true Yellowstone backcountry experience. Despite some windy conditions on the lake, our entire group caught … Continue reading

July 17, 2016

Rocky Mountain Update 3

We hiked out of the backcountry this morning, and boy was this last backcountry an epic one.  Over the past four days it’s safe to say that the group, as a whole, netted several hundred fish!         … Continue reading

July 10, 2016

Colorado Rocky Mountain Update

This afternoon we made our successful return to civilization after spending four days in the backcountry of Rocky Mountain National Park.  I am proud to report that every member of the group caught and landed multiple fish and are on … Continue reading

July 10, 2016

Goodbye Maine

Yesterday marked the final day of our Maine Expedition. Our great group of fisherman and fortunate timing made for some of the best fishing of the summer thus far. The last two days were spent on the Rapid River, while … Continue reading

July 6, 2016

Winding Down in Maine

Hello from Maine, Our time here is flying by! After exiting the backcountry we spent the Saturday and Sunday in Greenville Maine before heading west to the Rangeley Lakes Region where we will spend the rest of the trip. On … Continue reading

July 2, 2016

Maine Expedition Update

Hello from Maine. We came out of the Indian Pond backcountry today, and the experience could not have gone better. Everyone caught tons of fish, especially on the two days floating the West Outlet of the Kennebec River for trophy … Continue reading

June 28, 2016

Maine Expedition Off to a Great Start

Greetings from beautiful Maine. We are all very excited to have this eager group of young anglers on this Maine Woods Expedition, a trip that should not be short of amazing fishing and scenery. Pick up day went quite smoothly, … Continue reading

June 27, 2016

Colorado Adventure

We are out of the backcountry, cleaned up, re-supplied, and ready to start our next adventure.  I must admit that the fishing over the past few days has been tough at best.  Due to the heavy snowfall we received in … Continue reading

June 24, 2016

Maine Woods Adventure Wrap Up

Hello from Massachusetts. It is incredible that the Maine Woods Adventure is already coming to a close. We have had a great group of kids, and hopefully we will be able to fish with many of them again soon. Tonight … Continue reading

June 20, 2016

Maine Woods Update

Greetings from beautiful Maine yet again. We exited the backcountry today via canoe, which has been our main form of travel for almost the entire trip. It was a successful backcountry venture coupled with some of the greatest weather I … Continue reading

June 17, 2016

Heading into the Maine Woods

Greetings from Maine. Things are off to a great start here on Moosehead Lake, as there is really no better place to kick off a trip. Yesterday was an eventful day filled with both backcountry preparation and fishing in the … Continue reading

June 10, 2016

NC Final Update

It is hard to believe tonight will be our final night spent with this awesome group here in NC, but we are lucky to to say we have had the best fishing/weather imaginable. We started our trip with three fish … Continue reading

June 8, 2016

Wild Brookies and Trophy Trout in NC

Greetings from NC, Our crew of anglers hiked out of the backcountry today after 2 days and 2 nights of chasing native Southern Appalachian Brook Trout. We were up early this morning in anticipation of an afternoon spent stalking monster … Continue reading

June 5, 2016

Blue Ridge 16 Update

It is hard to believe that the NC Blue Ridge Adventure is approaching the half way mark. I never thought I would say this during a trip in the Blue Ridge Mountains, but we are all praying for rain. The … Continue reading

March 6, 2016

X-Term with St. Christopher’s and St. Catherine’s

The increased awareness of the benefits of out of classroom educational opportunities is one of the educational trends from the past few years that I can definitely stand behind. Last week I was given the opportunity to partner up with … Continue reading

December 1, 2015

2015 Photo Highlights

It wasn’t easy but after sorting through thousands of photos I picked my three favorites for each trip in three different categories. Best Group Shot, Best Fish Picture, and best Scenic Picture. Enjoy… NC Blue Ridge Fish Group Scenic  Maine Adventure … Continue reading

October 26, 2015

Join the Team

When Kim and I started LFFE 5 years ago, companies focussing on backcountry fly fishing adventures for teens were unheard of. Our greatest hurdle was letting potential families know that these unique opportunities existed. With the help of family and friends, … Continue reading

October 26, 2015

LFFE’s Big Screen Debut

September 8, 2015

2015 Photo Albums

Our last trip of the summer ended less then 3 weeks ago, but already it feels like its been months. I tried to replay the entire summer in my mind during my long drive back east, but so much happens … Continue reading

August 14, 2015

Yellowstone Adventure Update

This morning our Yellowstone Adventure hiked out of the backcountry for the last time. It is hard to believe, but we only have 4 days left in the final LFFE Adventure of the summer. We have had an action packed … Continue reading

August 11, 2015

Final West Elk Update

Days are getting shorter, nights are getting colder, summer is waning, and the trip is coming to a close. It has certainly been one to remember. It seems like way more than two weeks ago when we picked up the … Continue reading

August 10, 2015

Collegiate Peaks Wilderness West Elk Update

We have been lucky enough to have spent the last five days backpacking and fishing in the majestic Collegiate Peaks Wilderness outside of Buena Vista Colorado. We started our adventure on Tuesday with quite the uphill hike. The uphill was … Continue reading

August 9, 2015

Yellowstone Adventure Update

Howdy, from Gardiner, MT. The Yellowstone Adventure has returned from our first backcountry on Grebe Lake with lots of great fishing under our belt. After a nice and mellow 3-4 mile hike into our backcountry site we got right to … Continue reading

August 1, 2015

Cochetopa Backcountry

The last 6 days have certainly been a whirlwind. Monday saw the group come together at the airport and make the long drive into the heart of the Colorado Rockies. We arrived at our campsite late in the evening where … Continue reading

July 28, 2015

Nearing the End

We are sad to say our Yellowstone portion of the trip has come to an end. We made the most of our last days fishing four different waterways. After our second shot at the Lower Gardner (with a bit of … Continue reading

July 26, 2015

Slough Creek Backcountry Update

Hello Everyone! Its Will again to report that we have all made it out of our second backcountry trip safely and with many huge fish in the books and cameras. After our exit from the Bechler River backcountry we spent … Continue reading

July 23, 2015

Lamar River at its finest

It has been a busy 6 days since we hiked out of the Slough Creek backcountry. We set up camp in Pebble Creek campground in the northeast section of Yellowstone for several days where we fished Soda Butte Creek, the … Continue reading

July 22, 2015

float fishing the mighty Colorado

  Today we got off the mighty Colorado after 2 full days of float fishing.  Boy howdy what a great couple of days it was!  Monday was a beautiful blue-bird sunny Colorado day.  We pushed off from the boat ramp … Continue reading

July 20, 2015

Slough Creek Here We Come!

It is hard to believe our Yellowstone Expedition has already reached the halfway point! Time flies when your catching fish! The last few days have been full of great fishing on the Gardner River, and the beginning of our Slough … Continue reading

July 19, 2015

West Side Update

For the last four days we have been fishing in the backcountry of the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park.  This past Wednesday we hiked into the North Inlet trail just north of Grand Lake CO.  Thankfully, this hike … Continue reading

July 17, 2015

Hunting for Trophies on the Bechler River

Hi Everyone! Will here with one of the Yellowstone Expedition groups, and after three nights along the Bechler River we are back in civilization. I am happy to report that it was an awesome first trip into the Yellowstone backcountry and … Continue reading

July 17, 2015

Slough Creek Back-country

All is well after our first backcountry trip! Two nights in the famed Slough Creek backcountry was a memorable experience for all involved. After hiking in roughly 5 miles, we set up camp and got to fishing. Our campsite was … Continue reading

July 15, 2015

Rocky Mountain Update

What a trip!  The last four days here in Rocky Mountain National Park have been absolutely amazing.  Our first excursion into the backcountry saw us hike along the north boundary of RMNP all the way up to what is known … Continue reading

June 28, 2015

Winding Down in Maine

This morning we paddled our canoes out of the backcountry for the last time. It is hard to believe, but our first ever Maine Woods Adventure is coming to an end. On Thursday morning we loaded up our canoes and … Continue reading

June 24, 2015

Maine Adventure Off to a Awesome Start

When I first introduced the Maine Adventure last fall I knew it was going to be an amazing trip. We are only a few days in and it has already surpassed my high expectations. Our trip started off with the … Continue reading

June 15, 2015

Time Flies When Your Having Fun

It is hard to believe it, but the Blue Ridge Adventure is coming to an end. Our trip could not have ended on a higher note. Yesterday we were scheduled to fish the upper Davidson River. Luckily for us we … Continue reading

June 9, 2015

Brook Trout and Water Falls.

We have returned from our first backcountry trip of the summer! The NC Blue Ridge Adventure journeyed into the mountains early yesterday morning with Brook Trout on the mind. After a fast hike to our campsite we set up our … Continue reading

June 8, 2015

Let the Adventures Begin

Greetings from NC, Our summer 2015 Adventures are officially under way! We are only two days into the Blue Ridge Adventure and everyone has caught some nice fish. Yesterday we started off with a refresher of knots and casting before … Continue reading

January 27, 2015

Lillard Fly Fishing Hits the Big Screen

Last summer film maker Harrison Buck started filming for a new project titled “The Tightest Line”. The film takes a deeper look into the life of fly fishing guides. Lillard Fly Fishing Expeditions and our head guides Charlie Parr and … Continue reading

January 27, 2015

Spring Break 2016 Saltwater Adventure

With our summer adventures as popular as ever, we are excited to announce that in March of 2016 LFFE will be offering our first ever spring break fly fishing adventures! LFFE will be partnering with all-inclusive Caribbean fishing lodge Fly … Continue reading

October 14, 2014

Summer ’14 Photo Highlights

It wasn’t easy but after sorting through thousands of photos I came up with what I think are the best photos for each trip in three different categories. Best Group Shot, Best Fish Picture, and best Scenic Picture. Enjoy… NC … Continue reading

September 2, 2014

The Proof is in the Pictures

From the second our 2014 participants started to return home we started receiving emails. Everybody wants a copy of the trip pictures so they can prove to all their friends just how awesome their trip really was. Well it took … Continue reading

August 14, 2014

Rocky Mountain Explorer – Wrapping up a Great Adventure

It is hard to believe that our final trip of the summer, the Rocky Mountain Explorer, is entering it’s final day. The last two weeks have been action packed and full of adventure. We earned the privilege of being able … Continue reading

August 10, 2014

RMNP Fishing Update

This morning we hiked out from the Rocky Mountain National Park backcountry for the last time. We are all sad to see the backpacking sections of our adventure to come to an end but eager to report some absolutely amazing … Continue reading

August 5, 2014

RMNP Greenback Cutthroat

Our Rocky Mountain Explorer trip returned from our first backcountry section. We were treated to some awesome fishing and great weather! After a 4 mile hike in we set up camp for three nights on the banks of Fern Lake. … Continue reading

August 2, 2014

Rocky Mountain Explorer #1

Greetings from Rocky Mountain National Park! After two days in the front country of the park we are all excited to hit the trail in search of some Greenback Cutthroat. We spent yesterday refining our fly fishing skills on the … Continue reading

July 24, 2014

Yellowstone Update – Looking Back on a Great Adventure

It is hard to believe it but our 2014 Yellowstone Adventure has come to an end. The last 15 days have been full of great fishing, new friendships, and memories that will last a lifetime. After our arrival in Jackson … Continue reading

July 21, 2014

West Elk Update #6

Well, it’s been a good trip and now we are on the home stretch!  The guys spent the morning float fishing the Arkansas River with Ark Anglers of Salida.  I’m proud to report that the guys put their newfound skills … Continue reading

July 20, 2014

Yellowstone Backcountry Wrap-Up

Yesterday afternoon our group of anglers exited the Yellowstone backcountry for the last time. It was a bittersweet feeling. We were all excited to head back to Jackson Hole, WY, but sad to leave behind lots of biting fish. For our … Continue reading

July 19, 2014

West Elk Update – Out of the Wilderness

Boy is it good to be back into civilization after five great days on the trail! We hiked out of the wilderness this afternoon and are looking forward to enjoying the comforts of the front country for the next few … Continue reading

July 16, 2014

Yellowstone Adventure Returns to the Backcountry

For the last three nights our group has been camped out at Mammoth Hot Springs, and just a short walk from the Gardner River. Out timing was perfect as we enjoyed some of the best fishing I have ever seen … Continue reading

July 14, 2014

West Elk Update #4

Hello again from the Colorado Rockies! We just wrapped up our second day of service and are preparing to head into the backcountry once again. It sure has been a rewarding several days here in Colorado. Three days ago we … Continue reading

July 13, 2014

Yellowstone Mission Accomplished

We woke up early this morning to start our hike out of our first backcountry section along Strait Creek. We are proud to announce we accomplished our ambitious group goal was to catch 500 fish! For two days we spread … Continue reading

July 11, 2014

West Elk Update #3

Well, our first backcountry stint is over and we are now in town to do laundry, shower, and re-supply for the next week.  This first backcountry section did not go quite as planned.  We reached the Crystal River high up … Continue reading

July 11, 2014

Into the Woods

The Yellowstone Adventure is off to a great start. After Wednesdays arrival we enjoyed some hamburgers and got to know each other around the campfire. Early the next morning we packed our bags and started our drive into Yellowstone.   … Continue reading

July 9, 2014

West Elk Update #2

Greetings from the Colorado High Country!  Our first full day in Colorado is now under our belt and it feels good.  We drove over the Continental Divide yesterday and descended upon the wonderful town of Crested Butte.  After this winter’s … Continue reading

July 3, 2014

Blue Ridge Final Days

It is official, the 2014 Blue Ridge Adventure is in the books! From catching wild brookies beneath breathtaking waterfalls to making new friends, the amazing adventure was full of highlights. After staying persistent through almost constant rain and some tough … Continue reading

June 30, 2014

Wrapping up in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Well our final backcountry has come to an end. The fishing started off great with several fish being caught within the first few minutes of being at camp. Unfortunately an hour or two later the rain came and didn’t go … Continue reading

June 28, 2014

The Final Countdown

The Blue Ridge Adventure is flying by! We spent yesterday volunteering with Trout Unlimited to help clean up some of the campsites along a stretch of small mountain streams that support native brook trout. After we built up a good … Continue reading

June 26, 2014

We’re Back

We’re back! We spent the last two nights in the backcountry of Panthertown Valley in search of wild brook trout. The three mile hike was well worth the effort. We set up our camp at the base of a waterfall. … Continue reading

June 24, 2014

Blue Ridge Adventure Hits the Trail

The North Carolina Blue Ridge Adventure is about to enter the backcountry for the first time after yesterdays action packed day. The trip got off to a quick start. On the first morning everybody was up and ready to go … Continue reading

April 17, 2014

What Species of Trout Will You Catch?

On all of our trips you will have the chance to catch rainbow and brown trout, but one of the coolest parts about our teen fly fishing expeditions is backpacking into the remote wilderness to catch native trout. Below is … Continue reading

December 18, 2013

Teaching Teens to Fly Fish the Three Step Method

Before I led Lillard Fly Fishing Expedition’s first teen fly fishing adventure I sat down for a beer with TU’s Director of Youth Education, Franklin Tate. We talked about the success TU has had engaging young kids with their Stream Explorer’s program, … Continue reading

November 25, 2013

LFFE Partners with Mountain Khakis!

At Lillard Fly Fishing Expeditions our mission is to “inspire future generations of sporting conservationists” through the combination of fly fishing, environmental education, and leadership training. We are always striving to make new connections that help us reach this goal. … Continue reading

October 4, 2013

LFFE Awarded Orvis Endorsement

It is hard for me to explain how proud it makes me that Lillard Fly Fishing Expeditions has been honored as an Orvis Endorsed Kids Camp/Expedition, but here is my attempt. My father took me to his gun club, Fin … Continue reading

October 3, 2013

Thank You for Another Great Year

Dear LFFE Alum, Families, Staff, and Friends Old and New, In January of 2012 I graduated from NYU with a Masters in Environmental Conservation Education, the dream of inspiring future generations of sporting conservationists, and a 40+ page thesis about … Continue reading

August 13, 2013

Final Days

The Colorado Rocky Mountain Explorer, and for that matter the LFFE 2013 summer, is only one day away from completion. The summer has been full of great fishing, but the last few days may have topped it all! With the … Continue reading

August 9, 2013

Last Backcountry Update of the Summer!

We are sad to say that we have exited the backcountry for the last time this summer. Enjoy this recap of our last trip, written by trip participant Quintin Pollart Ahoy from Stillwater Campground, The group has just arrived at … Continue reading

August 6, 2013

Across the Great Divide

Greetings from the West Side, Our group spent yesterday volunteering with the Rocky Mountain National Park Trail Crew. After meeting our project coordinators we grabbed some tools and hiked two miles up the Fern Lake Trail. From there we started … Continue reading

August 4, 2013

Back from the Backcountry

Greetings from Estes Park, CO. After 4 days in the backcountry we are happy to be sitting in the laundry mat waiting for clean cloths and our turn to shower. The first of our two backpacking trips was a great … Continue reading

July 25, 2013

West Elk Wrap Up

It is hard to believe that our 18 day West Elk Adventure has come to an end. After 15 days of backcountry fishing and meals cooked over the camp stove we ended the trip with some float fishing and a … Continue reading

July 22, 2013

We’re Back

Our West Elk Expedition is back from our final backcountry. After four nights of backpacking and camping along Pine Creek we have a lot of great stories to tell. On the first day of our trip our group showed there … Continue reading

July 15, 2013

West Elk Update

Greetings from Gunnison CO, Our group of teen fishermen just finished the first backcountry section of our trip. After 4 days of fishing along the Crystal River everybody in the group has caught bunches of fish. We spent all three … Continue reading

July 10, 2013

Big Adventure

After a smooth arrival day on 7/8 our Colorado West Elk Adventure is off to a great start. We spent the first full day of the trip getting to know eachother while we fished a 1,200 acre private ranch with … Continue reading

July 2, 2013

Blue Ridge Adventure Wrap Up

I can not believe our first open enrollment trip of the summer is already over! 12 days goes by so fast when you are catching fish every day. The final few days were packed full of great fishing and some … Continue reading

June 29, 2013

Blue Ridge… The Final Countdown

This morning we hiked out of the backcountry of the Blue Ridge Mountains for the last time during the summer of 2013. It was bittersweet as our group was enjoying the solitude and good fishing that hiking away from the … Continue reading

June 25, 2013

Blue Ridge Backcountry Update

The Blue Ridge Adventure is back at the Davidson River Campground after two nights in the backcountry. We could not have asked for a better first trip into the backcountry. After a quick hike into our campsite at the base … Continue reading

June 22, 2013

Blue Ridge Adventure Update

Greetings from the Davidson River, Our Blue Ridge Adventure is off to a great start! We have a awesome group of students with a wide variety of fly fishing experience. The fishing has been so good that we are just … Continue reading

June 20, 2013

MUS Father Son Graduation Trip

Will & Kim : I wanted to thank LFFE for a wonderful trip that you and your staff put together for the MUS seniors and Dads this past month in Utah.  I can honestly say that everything was perfect.  It … Continue reading

February 27, 2013

LFFE 2013 Slideshow

As our slideshow season comes to an end we would like to thank everybody who made it out to one of our presentations this winter. Parents, students, and alumni thank you all for your support. If you didn’t have the … Continue reading

February 12, 2013

Crystal River Mill

7/9/12 Written by Quintin Pollart After a long night of rain and cold the group awoke to a clear morning atop a hill in the Crystal River Valley. This was our first full day in the backcountry. Once we were … Continue reading

February 12, 2013

Davis Interview

Q: When did you first learn to fly fish? Davis: I learned to fly fish when I was about 6 or 7 years old. At first I wasn’t really sure I’d get into it; I mean, it’s way easier to … Continue reading

January 31, 2013

10 Tips for Winter Fly Fishing

Many people assume you cant fly fish during the winter. The truth, is for those who are armed with the courage to face cold temps and a good pair of waiters, winter brings solitude to even the most crowded of … Continue reading

December 5, 2012

“Great Success” By Cal Edge

June 13th, 2012 Waking up to what looked like what was going to be a good day we loaded the van and headed to the Davidson River Outfitters Shop to start our day. We were split into two groups with … Continue reading

December 5, 2012

5 Stocking Stuffers for the Fly Fisher on Your Gift List

LFFE Custom Aluminum Fly Box*- The Box comes with ripple foam on one side and flat foam on the other, making it the perfect box for holding everything from big bushy dry flies and meaty streamers to tiny nymphs. We can … Continue reading

November 14, 2012

LFFE Alumni Profile: Matthew Owen

A large part of what makes the LFFE experience so amazing is the other students you share it with; that is why we take our application process so seriously. Our participants come from all across the country, some have not … Continue reading

November 14, 2012

Scouting Mission Accomplished

When I plan our fishing adventures I want to feel absolutely confident that they provide the best possible experience for LFFE participants. That means the locations I choose must have great fishing, backpacking, and scenery. I  also have to consider, … Continue reading

November 8, 2012

“The Experience of a Lifetime”

The final group journal entry of 2012. Quintin did a great job summing up how we all felt. Trip: Colorado Rocky Mountain ’12 Date: July 20th, 2012 Written by Quintin Pollart Today was it – the last day of the first … Continue reading

July 3, 2012


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