Leader in Training

Make the transition from angler to guide

Lillard Fly Fishing Expeditions ran our first fly fishing trips for teens in 2010. Between head guides, Will and Charlie, LFFE already had well over 10 years of guiding/trip leading experience. That experience and knowledge led to our immediate success on the fly fishing front, and even more importantly on the safety and educational fronts. Every summer since then we have not been able to plan enough trips to be able to keep up with the increasing demand. The greatest obstacle to running more trips has always been finding more trip directors equipped with the diverse skill sets that set our programs apart from the rest. Our Leader In Training (LIT) program allows us to work with alumni of our teen Expeditions who are entering their freshman and sophomore years of college to fine hone their fly fishing knowledge, and just as importantly, their leadership skills.


Open to: LFFE Expedition Alumni who have graduated high school or have completed 4 LFFE trips. Availability: One LIT per adventure/expedition Cost: 50% Off trip tuition

2018 Available LIT Positions (Updated Weekly)

•NC Blue Ride Adventure (Available)
•Maine Adventure (Full)
•Maine Expedition (Full)
•Yellowstone Expedition I (Full)
•Yellowstone Expedition II (Available)
•Yellowstone Adventure I (Full)
•Yellowstone Adventure II (Available)
•Colorado Adventure I (Available)
•Colorado Adventure II (Available)
•Colorado Adventure III (Full)
•Colorado Rocky Mountain Expedition (Full)
•Colorado West Elk Expedition (Available)

The LIT position is a chance for LFFE alum to transition from participant to trip leader. LITs will have all the same opportunities to fish as they did as a participant, with the added responsibility of being a LIT. Instead of learning things like how to catch more fish, or how to cook a meal, LITs will focus more on how to help others catch more fish, or how to plan meals for a group. They should be prepared to take on greater responsibilities and an enhanced leadership role.

Does being a LIT guarantee me a paid leadership role with LFFE in the future? 

No. LFFE co-leaders and trip directors have to meet a list of requirements, possess a wide array of skills, and be a confident leader. If you would like to be a LFFE co-leader in the future the LIT program will help you become more prepared but does not guarantee you a position.

Do I have to be a LIT to be a trip leader?

No. We hire trip leaders based on their ability, character, and leadership skills. The majority of our assistant trip leaders have intimate knowledge of our programs as an alumni, LIT or both, but it is not required.

How do I apply?

If you are an LFFE alum who has graduated high school and is interested in becoming a LIT please give us a call or send an email to will@lillardflyfishing.com.

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What is Lillard Fly Fishing Expeditions?

Lillard Fly Fishing Expeditions specializes in teen fly fishing summer camps. Our teen fly fishing summer camps are not an ordinary lodge based kids fly fishing camps. At Lillard Fly Fishing Expeditions we combine a teen adventure camp, youth fly fishing school, service learning, and community service to create our unique Teen Fly Fishing Adventure Academies. Our kids and teen fly fishing camps travel to the premier wilderness fly fishing and backcountry fly fishing locations throughout North America. Join us on an adventure of a lifetime. Become an experienced fly fisherman or woman while hiking, camping and fishing at our North Carolina Teen Fly Fishing Academy in the Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains. Or explore Rocky Mountain fly fishing opportunities on one of our Colorado or Wyoming fly fishing expeditions. If you are looking for an ordinary teen summer tour, teen summer camp, or teen adventure you have come to the wrong place. If you are looking to learn new skills while on the adventure of a lifetime, try one of our youth/teen fly fishing summer camps or allow us to design a  custom adventure for your family, group, or school.