Photos and Story: Rocky Mountain Girls Expedition 2020

July 2020 marked the first ever all girls Lillard Fly Fishing Expedition. Plans had been made, permits procured, girls signed up, and then, you guessed it, Coronavirus happened. Some new plans and precautions had to be drawn up, and the trip . . .

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Video: The Greatest Gift

Here’s an absolutely gorgeous video about a man’s love for his home water and his desire to share the magic with the next generation–his daughter, Amelia. Paul Weiss does a great job of . . .

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5 Tips for Successful Fly-Fishing Family Outings

Written by: Kaitlin Barnhart


Few things are more rewarding than sharing your passion for the outdoors with your kids.
Photo by Kyla Kulp

I held the stamped envelope, full of spring soccer sign up forms, in the mail slot for a few seconds before letting go—committing to a spring of weekend plans. Sure, I can stand in a river in the . . .

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Classic Video: Take a Kid Fly Fishing!

A good friend’s son has wanted to learn to fly fish for over a year. Last weekend, while I was out in my kayak, I came a cross a giant Hex hatch that had the bream feeding like crazy. It was a . . .

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Pro Tips: Use Brightly Colored Nymphs in High Water

Written by: George Daniel, Livin On The Fly


George Daniel’s kids solved their strike-detection problems by switching to brightly colored flies.
Photo by George Daniel

The heavy rainfall on my home waters last summer left me two options: head north to fish the mountain streams, or deal with the high water. I’m happy to do either one. Normally, I would have been fishing for smallmouths at that time of year, but the . . .

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Video Tuesday Tip: How to Teach Kids to Fly Cast

e hope that many fly fishers are making good use of time at home to teach a youngster to cast. One sure way to discourage a young would-be fly caster, though, is to get bogged down in discussions of rod action, loading and unloading, and the, . . .

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Tips for Fishing High-Elevation Lakes for Brook Trout

My friend Jeff and I recently took our families to explore a high elevation lake and stream in the Uinta Mountains of Utah for a couple of days. The hike to the lake was only about a mile, but we had heard good things about it. When we arrived, . . .

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