North Carolina Fish and Hang Weekend

United Women on the Fly 2023 North Carolina Fish and Hang Weekend with Progressive UWOTF Logo

North Carolina Fish and "Hang" Weekend

Welcome to the second annual North Carolina “Fish and Hang” weekend of education, empowerment, and fun hosted by United Women on the Fly, Pisgah Area Women’s Fly Fishing, Headwaters Outfitters and Fly Fish Instruct.  This event is the UWOTF fish and “hang” format, where participants venture out to fish on their own each day and then hang out in the evenings.   The weekend has been designed to be budget-friendly. Camp, reserve a cabin/hotel, DIY Fishing, or hire a guide. The event takes place near Rosman, North Carolina in the Pisgah National Forest from 5/12 – 5/14/23.   

We will be camping again at the Headwaters Outfitters campground and are offering two different OPTIONAL fly-fishing workshops.  There will be a 2-Day Women’s “Fly Fishing 201” Workshop on Thursday 5/11/23  and Friday 5/12/23 as well as a 4hr “Independent Angler” Workshop on Saturday 5/13/23.  Register HERE for the workshops or camping.

Please utilize the Facebook Group to connect with other women attending and make weekend fishing friends.  If needed, the event co-hosts will try to help connect you with someone to fish with.  Please let us know if you need to borrow any equipment.  

NC Camp, Fish and Hang Weekend

Location

Rosman and Brevard, North Carolina

Dates

May 12th – 14th, 2023

Co-hosts

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Weekend Activities

This weekend has been designed to be budget-friendly. Camp, reserve a cabin/hotel, DIY Fishing, or hire a guide.  Everyone goes out daily to fish and then “hangs” in the evening. If you camp and DIY fish, it’ll cost $25 + your fishing license fee. 

  • Thursday and Friday 5/11 & 5/12/23 –
    •  Fly Fishing 201 Workshop Available
      • (Fee Applies, Register HERE)
  • Friday 5/12/23 – Arrive and Fish
    • If camping, check in at Headwaters Outfitters from 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm.
    • 6:00 pm – Fish Tales and Camp Hang Time
  • Saturday 5/13/23 – DIY Fishing and Exploring
    • DIY Fishing 
    • 9:00 am – 1:00 pm –  Independent Angler  Workshop Available 
      • (Fee Applies, Register HERE)
    • 6:00 pm  – Evening at Headwaters Outfitters
  • Sunday 5/14/23. – Fish and Depart
    • Camping is available for those who want to depart on Monday, 5/15/23.
    • 8:00 pm – Sunset at Fryingpan Mountain Lookout Tower
  • Monday 5/15/23 – Depart
Fly Fishing 101 Women's Workshop - Location
UWOTF Facebook Logo

Connect in the Facebook Group

We have created a Facebook Group specific to this weekend’s event.  Please utilize this group to ask questions and connect with other women to fish with over the weekend.  This will be the location to which the co-hosts will post additional event information. Join Facebook Group HERE.

Fly Fish Instruct Independent Angler Workshop

2-Day "Fly Fishing 201" Workhop

The 2-Day “Fly Fishing 201” Workshop is geared toward the advanced beginner to the intermediate angler. We’ve taken the “Fly Fishing 201” online course and have extended it by 14 hours.  Each day will be 4hrs of in-person classroom and outside casting, lunch and then 4hrs of on-water instruction with the Headwaters Outfitters guides on private water. Course curriculum provided by Fly Fish Instruct.  

The use of equipment, tackle, boots, waders, and a 20% guide gratuity is included in the cost of this workshop.  Register HERE.

Independent Angler Workshop

We are also offering a 4hr “Independent Angler” Workshop on Saturday 5/13/23.  These workshops are OPTIONAL and you will leave feeling more confident and competent for the DIY Fishing weekend.

The “Independent Angler” workshop will give you the knowledge to continue your fly fishing journey.  This course is geared towards the beginner to the intermediate angler. You will have access to the online “Fly Fishing 101” and “Reading Trout Water” course to review before the women’s weekend. Experience is not required. Equipment can be borrowed if needed.  Register HERE.

Travel

Rosman/Brevard NC is located in Transylvania County and surrounded by the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.  Nearest airports are Asheville NC 1hr, Greenville SC 1.5hrs, Charlotte NC 2.5hrs and Atlanta 3.5hrs.

Lodging Options

In an effort to make this weekend affordable to all, we are offering an inexpensive camping option to all participants. 

If you’d rather not camp, then there are several other lodging options.  We recommend staying in the Rosman or Brevard NC Area.  Need help with lodging?  CLICK HERE.  

NC Travel
Camping Women's Weekend

Camping

We are offering camping reservations for up to 40 individuals. Camping is $25 for the weekend.  There are no hook-ups available. Register for camping HERE.

We recommend that you bring your own water, along with a camp chair and all your camping equipment.

  • Camping  Reservations available 5/10/23 – 5/15/23.
  • Picnic tables and outhouse are on site.
  • No water available.
  • Well-behaved dogs are allowed.  Owner to clean up after the dog and make sure that they are not disturbing anyone’s fishing water.
If you are camping, please check in at Headwaters Outfitters from 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm the day you arrive.  If you will be checking in after 5:30 pm, please call Headwaters Outfitters at 828-877-3106.
PAWFF

Meals

You’re on your own for your food.  Please bring an appetizer to share and your beverage of choice (BYOB) to the campground on Friday evening.  The Saturday 5/20/23 evening gathering will be at Headwaters Outfitters with a food truck and taproom available.

Camping Equipment Ideas

Sleep in your car, van or in a tent.  Tent, Sleeping Bag, Air Mattress, Water, Food, Headlamp, Camp Chair, Bug Spray.  Register for camping HERE.

Fishing

The mountains of western North Carolina are home to roughly 4,000 miles of coldwater streams, more miles of trout-supporting waters than any other southeastern state. Our home county, Transylvania, boasts nearly 500 miles of coldwater creeks, streams and rivers, which means there is wonderful trout fishing almost everywhere you look, ranging from tiny brook trout streams to raucous rivers plunging through deep gorges filled with rainbows and browns.

Fishing License

North Carolina fishing licenses are required.  Purchase a NC fishing license at https://www.ncwildlife.org/Licensing/Hunting-Fishing-Trapping-Licenses#7057644-forms–applications.

DIY FIshing

If you’re choosing to DIY Fish,  see the handout with locations of where to go.  Each angler is responsible for bringing their own gear, tackle and flies.  If you need gear, please let us know.  

Fly Fishing 101 Women's Workshop - Location
Davidson-River-Outfitters

Hire a Local Guide

Here are some local outfitters to hire over the weekend.

Education opportunities

Come early and take the 2-Day “Fly Fishing 201” Workshop, where each day you will receive 4hrs of in-person classroom and outside casting, lunch, and then 4hrs of on-water instruction with the Headwaters Outfitters guides on private water.   We also offer a 4hr  Independent Angler” workshop on Saturday morning before the weekend kicks off.  These workshops are OPTIONAL and you will leave feeling more confident and competent for the DIY Fishing weekend.

There will be education opportunities each evening with the co-hosts learning the basics of knots, leader set-ups, flies, etc.  Don’t be shy to ask questions!

North Carolina Rainbow Trout

Covid Policy

Safety is our biggest concern.  We will follow the CDC and State of North Carolina recommendations.

Questions

Email us at info@unitedwomenonthefly.com with any questions

Weekend Disclaimer

United Women on the Fly and the Pisgah Area Women’s Fly Fishing group want you to have an unforgettable weekend.  The event’s mission is to foster a sense of belonging in all attending individuals.  We will provide education and resources and connect anglers throughout the weekend.  Drama of any kind will not be tolerated.  This weekend is DIY and not guided by the co-hosts. Please connect with other women in the Facebook Group to make fishing plans. This is not an exclusive women’s weekend, as some partners will attend.

Meet Your Weekend Hosts

Heather Hodson – United Women on the Fly

Jessica Whitmire – PAWFF

Hannah Myers – Headwaters Outfitters