Pennsylvania Fish and Hang Weekend

PA 2023 Fish and Hang Weekend1

Pennsylvania "Fish and Hang" Weekend

Welcome to the second annual Pennsylvania “Fish and Hang” weekend of education, empowerment, and fun hosted by United Women on the Fly, Lancaster Fly Girls and Fly Fish InstructThis weekend has been designed to be budget-friendly.  We have reserved a lodging that is 5-start rustic. Individual Cabanas and Bunkhouse lodging are available.  The event takes place near Port Matilda, Pennsylvania from 5/26 – 5/28/23.  

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.  There will be a 4hr “Independent Angler” Workshop on Friday 5/26/23.  Register HERE for the workshops or lodging.

Email resources@unitedwomenonthefly.com with any questions.  Download the weekend details, fishing and packing list HERE

Welcome to Pennsylvania Fish and Hang with United Women on the Fly and Lancaster Fly Girls

Location

Godspeed Events, 7897 S Eagle Valley Rd, Port Matilda, PA 16870-8022

Dates

May 26th – 28th, 2023

Co-hosted

Weekend Activities

This weekend has been designed to be budget-friendly.  This weekend is DIY and not guided by the co-hosts.  Everyone goes out each day to fish and then “hangs” in the evening.  See the recommended guides and outfitters if you’d like to hire a guide. 

  • Friday 5/26/23 – Independent Angler Workshop, Checkin and Hang 
    • 10am – 2pm –  Independent Angler  Workshop Available 
      • (Fee Applies and Register HERE.)
    • 4 pm – Check-In
    • 6pm – Happy Hour and Connection
  • Saturday 5/27/23 – DIY Fishing/Hang/Evening Events
    • Breakfast and Dinner Provided 
  • Sunday 5/21/23 – DIY Fishing and Depart
    • Breakfast Provided
    • Check-Out 12 pm
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.

Independent Angler Workshop

The “Independent Angler” workshop will give you the knowledge to continue your fly fishing journey. We want you to leave feeling more confident and competent on the water.  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 not required. Equipment can be borrowed if needed.  Register HERE.

Travel

Our lodging with GodSpeed Motel is located in Port Matilda PA which is in Centre County known as the heart of Pennsylvania Fly Fishing!  Close to State College and Blue Ribbon Streams, it’s a perfect location! 

The nearest airport to Port Matilda is 111 miles: Harrisburg, PA (MDT / KMDT) Harrisburg International Airport and 140 miles: Pittsburgh, PA (PIT / KPIT) Pittsburgh International Airport.

Meals

Meals included are dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Saturday and Sunday.  You’re on your own for lunches and beverages of choice (BYOB).  There is a deli/gas station nearby that makes subs/salads called LYKENS located at  100 E Plank Rd Port Matilda, PA 16870.

Visit Pennsylvania

Loding OPtion

We have reserved GodSpeed Motel, a 5-start rustic, property with individual cabanas and bunkhouses lodging available.  Reserve your spot HERE.

Cabana's

Stay in one of the 12 cozy rustic Cabanas.  Each includes a queen size bed, a futon, a Dyson blade less fan, fresh linens, bottled water, and beautiful handmade blankets.  Cost $325.00 for individual cabana.  Register HERE.

Bunkhouses

Each side has  6 full sized bunk beds, fresh linens and bottled water.  There is  a common room between the two large group suites. Cost $250.00 for shared bunkhouse.  Register HERE.

Shower and Bathhouses

Spacious and always meticulously clean. Just steps away from the bunkhouse and cabanas.  The showers are stocked with body wash, shampoo and conditioners, and unlimited hot water!

Fishing

Centre County is home to PA’s best trout streams in the state.  Bald Eagle Creek, Spring Creek, Little Juniata River, Fishing Creek, Penns Creek, just to name a few.  Visit the link to PA Fish & Boat  Trout Streams (arcgis.com) interactive map to find fishing and access points. 

Fishing License

Anglers 16 years of age and older are required to possess a valid Pennsylvania State fishing license.  Purchase a PA fishing license HERE.

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.  

Hire a Local Guide

Here are some local outfitters to hire over the weekend.

Angelica and Kelley Lancaster Fy Girls Fishing Day
Lancaster Fly Girls Fishing Weekend4

Education opportunities

Take the “Independent Angler” course on Friday morning before the weekend kicks off.  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!

Covid Policy

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

Questions

Email us at resources@unitedwomenonthefly.com with any questions or to see the workshop itinerary.

Meet the Weekend Hosts

Heather Hodson – United Women on the Fly

Kelley Kirsch – Lancaster Fly Girls and UWOTF

Weekend Disclaimer

United Women on the Fly and the Lancaster Fly Girls 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, 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. 

Pennsylvania Fish and Hang Weekend Document Banner1