All meals, lodging, fishing license, flies, and camping equipment are provided by Lillard Fly Fishing Expeditions.
Upon signing up all participants receive a complete packing list including appropriate clothing, hiking boots, fishing rods, terminal tackle, backpacks, sleeping bags, etc. Rods, reels, backpacks, and sleeping bags are available to rent.
Lillard Fly Fishing Expeditions specializes in wilderness fly fishing. During a LFFE expedition you will travel almost entirely by foot, backpacking into remote streams and high alpine lakes where wild trout rise eagerly to flies. The rolling hills of North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, or the steep peaks of Colorado's Rocky Mountains provide the perfect backdrop for one of their teen fly fishing expeditions.
Expect afternoon showers with highs in the 70s-80s and temperatures occasionally dropping into the low 40's at nights.
Lillard Fly Fishing Expeditions focuses on providing a small number of top quality each year, allowing them to be highly selective with their small staff of only individuals dedicated to providing the best possible experiences for their trip participants. Meet the staff.
View one of our current trip itineraries online here or view the sample itinerary below.
The group meets at the Denver Airport and then heads to a nearby campground to get ready for the adventures ahead. From a campsite along a river you will spend day 2 developing your fly fishing skills. This helps our leaders to assess each participant's experience level and prepares you for a trip full of catching fish. Whether you are a first timer or you are a seasoned angler, your guides will work one-on-one with you throughout the trip to take your fly fishing skills to the next level.
After packing our packs we will head to Rocky Mountain National Park for an overnight introduction to back country fly fishing. From our trailhead on the east side of RMNP we will hike to our campsite on the banks of Lawn Lake. The hike will be well worth the effort as the high alpine stream and lake is one of the best places remaining to catch the rare Greenback Cutthroat trout.
As a fly fishermen you must understand the importance of conservation. That is why we dedicate one day of each trip to helping preserve the amazing fisheries we enjoy. On our Rocky Mountain Explorer we spend the day volunteering with the National Parks Service trail crew, helping to prevent stream/trail erosion.
Far from any roads and out of the reach of any day hiker, the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park is home to countless trout filled lakes. The trout in these lakes grow big by eating everything in sight. We will spend the first day of our four day back country trip hiking to our base camp along a trout filled stream. From our base camp we will spend the next two days catching eager Colorado River Cutthroat from the meandering meadow stream, and taking day hikes up to fish the nearby high alpine lakes.
The last two days of your trip will be spent fishing the Colorado River on an overnight rafting/fishing trip with world class Orvis Endorsed guides from Sunrise Anglers. Be ready for some big fish and exciting whitewater during the day, and relax at our luxurious river camp complete with natural hot springs.
You will enjoy a final dinner at our banquet in a local restaurant while sharing pictures, telling stories, and reminiscing about the amazing experience. You will depart from Denver Airport the next morning.
On a Lillard Fly Fishing Expedition you sleep in high quality, fully waterproof tents. As a group, participants choose 5 meals a day (breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner, and desert) from our expeditions cookbook. Expect to be more than full with delicious meals like pancakes and sausage, piled high cold cut sandwiches, and back country pizzas.
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 including Yellowstone Cutthroat, Greenback Cutthroat, Southern Appalachian Brook Trout, Colorado River Cutthroat, and Snake River Cutthroat.
See a sample of some of the trout caught during our expeditions online here.
Do I need to have fly fishing experience?
No experience is necessary! Depending on the trip about half of the group will have some degree of fly fishing experience while the other half will have very little or no experience. Regardless of your experience level your guides will work with you to help bring your skills to the next level.