Lillard Fly Fishing Expeditions understands that when considering a wilderness adventure for you or your children, safety is the primary concern.  We have made safety the most important consideration behind all of our decisions.  Participants and parents should understand before signing up for a LFFE adventure that travel in remote wilderness areas and fly fishing involve a level of inherent risk. While we have taken every measure to minimize these risks it is impossible to eliminate all risk. Through our experience working with youth adventure companies, summer camps, and guide services we have become familiar with a variety of safety policies. LFFE’s safety policy draws from the best practices from these programs. Below are some of the ways we go above and beyond industry standards to create the safest possible wilderness fly fishing expeditions.

While planning our trips we take every risk into consideration.  All LFFE trip directors have previous experience leading trips in the areas we travel on our expeditions. To put it simply, we do not train our trip leaders in NC to lead trips in CO. Instead, our leaders’ first hand experience and onsite training allows them to lead trips with a deeper awareness of the unique risks associated with the diverse regions in which we lead expeditions.

LFFE’s small list of trip offerings puts us in a unique position to hire only the most qualified and proven trip leaders. Other companies offer a large number of trips each summer and must fill over one hundred trip leader positions.  At LFFE our small trip director staff consists only of leaders with a minimum of one year experience leading wilderness trips and a comprehensive 7-day Wilderness First Responder certification.

One of the most important steps towards minimizing risk in wilderness settings is prevention. From day one, our trip leaders teach the importance of risk management and decision making in wilderness settings. This is also the most important skill for the confident and independent backpackers and fly fishers we aim to educate. Whether it be protecting your feet by deciding to wear footwear at all times at a camp 10 miles into the backcountry or deciding not to climb 15 feet into a tree to recover a $1.50 fly when we are hours from definitive care, our participants learn the importance of risk benefit analysis. This important skill not only minimizes risk on our expeditions but will also be valuable for our students in their every day lives.

If you have any questions or concerns about safety on any of Lillard Fly Fishing Expeditions adventures please give us a call at (828) 577-8204 or send us an email at

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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.