Testimonials and References

The following excerpts are from responses to our Parent Questionnaire sent to every parent after their child completes a LFFE Adventure. This is just a sampling of the great feedback we have received from parents. For more parent testimonials please visit our Orvis Page and click on the Reviews Tab. If you would like to speak directly with parents from a specific trip or a specific area please contact us via email or give our office a call at (828)-577-8294.


I have been on LFFE trips for the past two summers and have had incredible experiences both times. Both trips were led by Charlie who was a great instructor and trip leader. I was nervous about being the only girl on the trips, but both times got to fish with incredible female trip leaders who are easily some of the coolest people I've ever met! I never felt uncomfortable as everyone welcomed me in. I had a great time, learned a ton, would recommend the trip to anyone with the slightest interest in fishing, and hope there's more trip locations soon!

Eleanor Pontikes

Colorado Rocky Mountain / Colorado West Elk

This past summer I went on the Yellowstone Advanced Expedition. It was the best time of my life. I had so much fun on the trip and it was run so smoothly. I made many friends with the people from my trip and I continue to communicate with them. The fishing was incredible and my trip leaders were awesome. It was such a great time so I decided to sign up for another trip next year. There is already excitement of the trip next summer and I’m really looking forward to it. Last summer was excellent and I can’t wait for another great summer.

Matt Kylander - PA

Yellowstone Expedition

We have done 2 Lillard Trips and they were both amazing. The Parent Child trip is a great experience for both. The West Elk trip was once in a lifetime. Will Lillard and his crew do a great job of instructing and making the kids feel empowered and confident.

Angelo Gianakis - Wellesly, MA

Parent Child / CO West Elk

Quintin told us the day at the high mountain lake was “the happiest day of his life!” I think that means he had a really good time.

LFFE Teaches a young boy or girl a lot about growing up.

John Pollart - Berkshire, MA

West Elk Adventure, Rocky Mountain Explorer

This was the first trip that our son took with LFFE and we are already planning more. From registering to receiving timely updates, everything is done in a professional manner. Most importantly, time unplugged, learning the intricate details of fly fishing and environmental conservation cannot be found in other programs. Independence, leadership skills and community service all make the LFFE experience unique, purposeful and fun. The LLFE program will make a nice addition to his college resume. My son is already excited about planning next summer's adventure!

Laura Bentley - Alpharetta, GA

NC Adventure

Sent my 15 year old son on the Yellowstone Adventure - I asked him to rate it and without hesitation he said 10 out of 10 - he had an awesome time. This is a professionally run trip, Will does a fantastic job with the kids, the trip is well balanced including fly fishing instruction, wilderness skills, hiking, camping, site seeing and just good old fashioned fun. My son was fairly new to fly fishing and came back with a love and appreciation for the sport as well as a greater understanding of conservation efforts and the leading role sportsman play in the process. I would highly recommend this trip.

Chris Corelli - Westchester, NY

Yellowstone Adventure

It is not often that I get to have my son’s full attention. During this trip, I did not have to compete with texting, Instagram or Facebook or whatever the next fad is. The time spent with my son was absolutely priceless and a memory that can never be taken away. I can only hope that I can do this again and again!

Don Lake - Memphis, TN

NC Blue Ridge Adventure / MUS Father Son Graduation Trip

This was my son’s second year with LFFE. The LFFE experience was far above any other summer program my children have ever experienced. What sets LFFE apart from other camps is the time, planning and effort Lillard Fly Fishing puts into its camps and Will’s passion for fishing, education and the outdoors. This camp is centered on fly fishing, but leadership, conservation and the environment are always part of the camp. If someone is looking for a camp to expose their child to fly fishing and give them the opportunity to fish some phenomenal water, I would highly recommend a trip with Lillard Fly Fishing Expeditions.

Bob Ballard - Signal Mountain, TN

Parent, Colorado West Elk Adventure/ Blue Ridge Adventure Academy

Cal loved it! It was different than any other trip he had done in the past… I loved that Cal learned about different trees, survival tips, etc… I would love for him to have the chance to fish with you out west.

Tina Edge - Memphis TN

Parent, NC Blue Ridge Adventure

Dobson's LFFE experience was one that produced a more mature and responsible individual as well as a greatly improved outdoorsman.

Leslie Dunavant - Memphis, TN

Parent, Memphis Univeristy School Custom Blue Ridge Adventure

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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.