Mission, Vision and Core Values

UWOTF VA Fish and Hang Group Photo - Independent Angler Workshop

Uniting women from diverse backgrounds and skill levels in fly fishing, fostering a community of camaraderie and empowerment where shared passion for the water inspires remarkable achievements both on and off the river.

UWOTF Mission Statement

At United Women on the Fly (UWOTF), our mission is to empower, unite, and elevate women in fly fishing. We are dedicated to fostering a supportive community where women of all backgrounds and skill levels can connect, learn, and thrive in this sport. Through education, mentorship, conservation, and a commitment to inclusivity, we aspire to create lasting change and ensure that fly fishing is accessible to all. Together, we cast a brighter future for women in the fly-fishing community and celebrate the strength, diversity, and passion that unites us on the water.

UWOTF Vision Statement

United Women on the Fly envisions a world where women of all backgrounds and skill levels unite as a powerful force in fly fishing. We see a community that celebrates camaraderie, embraces diversity, and thrives on the shared passion for the water. Through empowerment, education, and support, we strive to inspire women to push boundaries, chart their courses, and achieve remarkable feats on and off the river.

UWOTF Core Values

UWOTF and iFishiBelong share core values centered around inclusivity, empowerment, leadership cultivation, community, accessibility, respect, education over shaming, collaborations, conservation, and promoting fun and enjoyment in the sport of fishing.

  • Inclusivity:
    • We welcome all individuals, regardless of background, experience, or skill level, creating an environment where everyone feels they genuinely belong in the sport of fishing.
  • Empowerment:
    • We empower our community members to become leaders and experts through education, mentorship, and experiential programs that build confidence and expertise in fishing and conservation.
  • Leadership Cultivation:
    • We are dedicated to nurturing the next generation of fishing leaders, educators, and experts through innovative and accessible programs.
  • Community:
    • We foster a sense of community among anglers by organizing events, workshops, and social gatherings that encourage networking, collaboration, and the sharing of knowledge and experiences.
  • Accessibility:
    • We strive to make fishing accessible to individuals of all socioeconomic backgrounds by providing affordable or free fishing education, events, and trips.
  • Respect:
    • We promote a culture of respect, treating all individuals, including fish, with dignity and compassion.  We encourage ethical fishing practices, support Keep Fish Wet principles, and advocate for catch-and-release whenever possible.
  • Education vs. Shaming:
    • We believe in empowering anglers through knowledge, respect, and support.
  • Collaborations:
    • We proactively pursue partnerships and collaborations with other organizations and stakeholders to enhance our influence and establish a unified approach in overcoming barriers, focusing on aligning with individuals, events, and organizations that prioritize Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives.
  • Conservation:
    • We are dedicated stewards of our natural water resources, advocating for responsible fishing practices, habitat preservation, and sustainable fisheries management.
  • Fun and Enjoyment:
    • We value fishing as a source of joy, relaxation, and personal fulfillment. Our mission is to cultivate a positive and inclusive environment where individuals can relish the sport and create lasting memories.


United Women on the Fly aims to create a supportive online community, actively promote women’s voices in fly fishing, establish a comprehensive resource network, and organize inclusive events to prioritize the safety and inclusivity of all women in the fly fishing community.

  • Online Community – 
    • We aim to create an engaging and supportive online platform where women in fly fishing can connect, share experiences, and build lasting relationships, fostering a meaningful and inclusive community.
  • Representation and Amplification – 
    • We aim to actively promote and amplify the voices, stories, and experiences of women from all backgrounds within the fly fishing community. This ensures that every woman feels seen, heard, and valued in our collective narrative.
  • Resources –
    • Our goal is to establish a comprehensive resource network that connects women fly anglers with women guides, women-owned businesses, and women-focused groups, empowering and supporting women’s participation and leadership in the fly fishing industry.
  • Women Fishing Opportunities
    • Our goal is to design and execute events that prioritize the safety and inclusivity of all women, ensuring they feel comfortable, respected, and embraced within the United Women on the Fly community.