Fish and Hang Weekend
Welcome to the West Yellowstone Montana “Fish and Hang” weekend hosted by United Women on the Fly. This weekend is for all budgets. Camp and walk and wade or reserve a cabin/hotel and hire a guide. The event takes place in West Yellowstone, Montana. Dates are 6/23 – 6/25/23.
This event is the UWOTF fish and “hang” event model. Everyone goes out each day to fish then hangs in the evening with fish tales. It’s budget friendly for all! You can camp and DIY fish or rent a cabin/hotel and hire a guide. 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.
This weekend is for all budgets. Camp and walk and wade or reserve a cabin and hire a guide. Everyone goes out each day to fish then hangs in the evening with fish tales.
- Friday 6/23/23 – Arrive and Fish
- We will announce a location for beverages and tales in the Facebook Group.
- Saturday 6/24/23- Fishing and Exploring
- 7pm – Appetizer Potlucks and BYOB (Location to Be Announced)
- Sunday 6/25/23. – Fish and Depart
You’re on your own for your food. Please bring an appetizer to share and beverage of choice to the Saturday evening gathering. Gathering location will be announced in 2023.
Connect in the Facebook Group
We have created a Facebook Group specific for this weekend event. Please utilize this group to ask weekend questions and connect with other women to fish with over the weekend. This will be the location that the co-hosts will post additional event information to. Join Facebook Group HERE.
West Yellowstone is a town in southern Montana. It’s a gateway to Yellowstone National Park. We chose these dates for a chance at the famous salmon fly hatch on the Henry’s Fork and on the Madison River.
Nearest airports are West Yellowstone WYS 10 mins, Bozeman BZN 2hrs, Idaho Falls IDA 1hr 45mins, Jackson JAC 3hrs, Salt Lake City SLC 4hrs 45 mins, Boise 5hrs 45mins.
There are several lodging options in and around West Yellowstone. Airbnb, VRBO, Hotels/Motels, Cabin Rentals, etc. Please post in the Facebook Group if you are looking for a roommate or want to share lodging expenses.
There are several camping, cabin and RV options around West Yellowstone. We have listed a few locations to help you find a location.
Located near the headwaters of the Madison, Gallatin, and Henry’s Fork of the Snake River, West Yellowstone is famous for fishing.
June offers expanded possibilities in Yellowstone National Park, when the best places to fish are the Firehole, Gibbon, and Madison Rivers. Small streams such as Straight, Glen, Indian and others offer fine angling for beginners. The second week of June sees the Gibbon and Madison Rivers clear of snowmelt, and the ice comes off lakes like Yellowstone, Grebe and Trout.
Multiple fishing licenses might be required based on where you are fishing. No state fishing license is required in Yellowstone National Park, but you need a Yellowstone Park Fishing Permit. The Madison River is in Montana and the Henry’s Fork is in Idaho and there are lots of fishing options in both states. We have provided links for the specific licenses and permits below.
If fishing Yellowstone National Park, fishing permits are available at all ranger stations, visitor centers, and Yellowstone Park General Stores. Fishing permits are also available at many businesses in West Yellowstone as well as in the Fly Shops.
Regulations and Fishing Regions – https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/fishing.htm
- Northwest – https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/fishing_nw.htm
- Northeast – https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/fishing_ne.htm
- Southwest – https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/fishing_sw.htm
- Southeast – https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/fishing_se.htm
Felt-soled Boots prohibited
To reduce the potential for introduction or spread of aquatic invasive species, footgear with absorbent felt or other fibrous material on the soles are prohibited while fishing in Yellowstone.
Hire a Women Guide
Hire a Local Guide
Fly Fishing guides are available throughout the West Yellowstone, Madison River and Henry’s Fork area. Here are a few fly shops that we recommend. Hire your guide early as this is a busy time.
Connect with a Women's Group
United Women on the Fly will host a virtual meeting to discuss the event and to help answer any questions.
Safety is our biggest concern. We will follow the CDC and State of Montana recommendations. We ask that you do not attend if you have Covid symptoms or have tested positive.
United Women on the Fly wants you to have an unforgettable weekend. The event mission is to foster a sense of belonging to all individuals who attend. 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. This is not an exclusive women’s weekend as some partners will also be attending.