NC Blue Ridge Adventure

The Ultimate South East Fly Fishing Adventure

Nestled in the mountains of western North Carolina is a maze of rhododendron lined spring creeks, plunging mountain streams, and cold, clean rivers making this one of the greatest fly fishing and backpacking regions in the U.S.. These creeks, streams, and rivers offer a variety of fly fishing conditions and are the perfect setting for a beginner to learn to fly fish, and a experienced angler to fine tune their skills. We will start with a three day fishing school and then we will put our skills to use on wild, backcountry trout. After leaving the backcountry we will spend two days volunteering with Trout Unlimited to help conserve and protect this amazing trout habitat. As a reward for our hard work the final days will be decided between catching trophy trout on a private section of the famous Davidson River, and casting flies to hard fighting smallmouth bass from drift boats all with expert guides from Davidson River Outfitters. This 12 night Adventure Academy is perfect for the first time backpacker and fly fisher or the experienced angler looking for a shorter expedition.

2018 Trip Details

Dates: 6/4-6/13 Duration:  10 days Tuition: $2,950 Arrive/Depart: Charlotte, NC Students Entering Grades: 7-10 Community Service Hours: 10

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Days 1-4: After meeting our group at the Charlotte airport we will make our way to our campsite along the Davidson River. On arrival, we will set up our base camp for 3 days of fly fishing school. We will learn everything we need to know about fly fishing including: casting, knot tying, fly selection, and different techniques while fishing the spectacular Little River in Dupont State Forest. At night we will learn to tie our own flies around the campfire. It is hard to find a more beautiful place to learn to fish than the deep, cold pools beneath Bridal Veil, Triple, and Hooker falls in Dupont State Forest.

Days 5-8: Using what we learned during fly fishing school, we will explore the backcountry streams and rivers of the Blue Ridge Mountains. These streams and rivers offer a variety of fishing opportunities from open pools that will reward the new skills of the beginning fly fisher to narrow pocket water choked with rhododendron that will challenge the precision of the most experienced anglers.

Days 9-10: After exiting the backcountry we will head to work, volunteering with local conservation organizations to help conserve and restore the beautiful areas we have had the pleasure of calling home. After building up a sweat we will cool off with a swim at “Sliding Rock”, NC’s natural waterslide. On our final day we will be rewarded with the opportunity to fish for trophy trout on a private section of the Davidson River, named one of North Americas 100 top trout streams by Trout Unlimited. We will spend our final night together reminiscing about our adventures while enjoying a meal at a local restaurant.

•Fly Fishing school in Dupont state forest while catching trout in the deep pools beneath the spectacular Bridal Veil, Triple, and Hooker falls

•Catch Wild Brook Trout while backpacking along remote mountain streams in the backcountry of the Blue Ridge Mountains

•Help conserve habitat of the native Appalachian Brook Trout

•Cool off at the natural waterslide “Sliding Rock”

•Fly fish for trophy trout on a private section of the Davidson River, ranked by Trout Unlimited as one of the “100 top trout streams in North America.”

• Fly fish for hard fighting smallmouth bass from drift boats on the French Broad for hard



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Do you have more questions? Give us a call at (828) 577- 8204, or send us an email at and we will be happy to answer all your questions. If you are looking for more information click on the Request Information tab at the top right of our homepage and we will give you a call and  email you some more info.

Do I need to have fly fishing experience? 

No experience necessary. No matter your skill level, your guides will work with you to make you a skilled fly fisherman or woman.

 Do I need my own fishing equipment?

Students are responsible for their own fly rod, reel, line, and a few other personal fishing items. Please contact us for a full packing list. Don’t have your own? Not a problem. We have top quality Orvis rods and reels available to rent.

What other equipment will I need?

We will send you a full packing list if you are interested in signing up for one of our Adventure Academies. Group gear like tents, stoves, etc are all provided by LFFE. Personal gear like sleeping bags and backpacks are all available to rent.

We have put together a list of all that you will need for a successful and comfortable expedition. We offer a rental program for most of the big ticket items like fly rods, reels, sleeping bags, etc..

Here is a link to download the complete Packing List (NC Blue Ridge). If you are interested in renting some or all of the big ticket items on the packing list click here to download the Equipment Rental Form.

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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.