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Weekend Logistics

Thank you for registering for the second annual West Yellowstone, Montana Fish and Hang Weekend.  This is an inclusive event where like-minded individuals can connect, empower each other, and have fun. The registration fee is instrumental in offsetting the costs associated with travel logistics, online platforms, the extensive hours dedicated to research, meticulous preparation, and the ongoing correspondence that happens behind the scenes to ensure a seamless experience for all participants. 

Participants fish during the day and hang out in the evenings, with various accommodation options available. The event takes place in and around West Yellowstone Montana from June 21st to June 23rd, 2024.

Wasatch Women's Fly Fishing - Kay Cameron - Montana Fish and Hang

Event Questions

Please utilize this webpage and the MT Fish and Hang Facebook Group as most of your questions will answered.  Otherwise email [email protected].

Facebook Group

Join the Facebook Group to network with fellow attendees, seek advice, and exchange travel and event photos/videos. Co-hosts will share further event details there. Join the Facebook Group HERE.

Event Hosts

Diane Smith - Montana Fish and Hang

Live Q&A Session

  • Wednesday, May 22nd, 2024 from 6pm – 7pm MT
  • Register for Zoom Q&A Session HERE

Dates

June 21st – 23rd, 2024

Check-In Time

Follow your lodging and campground check-in times.  Refer to the weekend schedule for meet-up times.

Location

The Montana Fish and Hang event offers a unique experience, distinct from our other locations. While there isn’t a centralized campground due to the popularity of West Yellowstone as a global fishing destination, many attendees opt for various hotels instead of bringing camping equipment.

Drawing from our experiences last year, we’ve refined our approach for an enhanced event. On Friday evening, we’re gathering at the Yellowstone Beer Company, a spacious venue in the heart of downtown West Yellowstone offering food and drinks. For Saturday, we’re coordinating a social fishing session combined with educational elements, pending BLM permit approvals. The day will conclude with another evening gathering downtown, where we’re aiming to secure a casting pond for engaging casting competitions and prize giveaways.

Angie Kelley - Montana Fish and Hang

What's Included

Thank you once again for registering for the 2024 Montana Fish and Hang event. Below is a breakdown of what is included and what is not covered by the registration fee.

  • This Exclusive Webpage Established Specifically for Registered Montana Participants
  • Choice Between a Hat or T-Shirt
  • Interactive Live Q&A Session
  • Online Access to the “Summer Trout Fishing Techniques” Pre-Recorded Class
  • Nightly Social Events
  • Saturday Fishing Social  – Subject to BLM Permit Approval
  • Detailed Location & Fishing Research
  • Dedicated Co-Hosts Focusing on Education, Community, Fun
  • Commitment to Support Local Businesses and Highlight Women and Underrepresented Owners and Guides
  • 20% Off TroutRoutes Pro Account
  • Community Initiatives & Contributions
  • Tax-Deductible Registration 

What's Not Included

  • Transportation to and from West Yellowstone Montana
  • Accommodation/Camping Options
  • Meal Arrangements
  • Fishing Gear
    • Equipment Available to Borrow
    • Fill out the “Borrowed Equipment Form” HERE
  • Idaho, Montana, or Yellowstone Fishing License
  • Guided Fishing Opportunities
Alexandra Heath - Montana Fish and Hang

Tentative Weekend Schedule

  • Thursday 6/20/24
    • Some Arrive and DIY Fish
  • Friday 6/21/24
    • Explore and DIY Fish 
    • 6pm – Social Hang at the Yellowstone Beer Company in West Yellowstone 
      • Food and Beverages Available to Purchase at YBC
  • Saturday 6/22/24
    • Social Fishing – We’re currently working on a BLM permit, and the location and time will be revealed during the Live Q&A Session.
    • Evening – Social Hang Time in West Yellowstone
      • Location to be announced at the Live Q&A Session.
  • Sunday 6/23/24
    • Fishing on Own and Depart
Angelica Talan Hooked Up - PC Bridget Mayfield - Montana Fish and Hang

Saturday Social Fishing Day

We’re currently working on a BLM permit, and the location and time will be revealed during the Live Q&A Session.

Camping

There are numerous camping, cabin, and RV choices near West Yellowstone. We’ve highlighted several spots to assist you in locating accommodation. We recognize that some campgrounds may be more distant from West Yellowstone than others. We suggest choosing a site close to prime fishing spots and driving in for evening events. With the extended daylight, many participants are coordinating carpool arrangements within the Facebook Group.

Most anglers stayed at the Beaver Creek Campground in 2023 and have plans to stay there again in 2024.

Lodging

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.

Please consider using Roam Property Management, a women-owned business in West Yellowstone.  Click HERE.

Food

You’re responsible for arranging your meals. On Friday evening, we’ll gather at the Yellowstone Beer Company, where food and beverages are available for purchase. Moreover, there are numerous local grocery stores, restaurants, and bars nearby for your convenience.

Area Resources

Exploring West Yellowstone, Montana, provides both a gateway to the majestic wonders of Yellowstone National Park and renowned fly fishing opportunities, set against a backdrop of stunning natural vistas and plentiful wildlife sightings.

Kelley Kirsch - Madison Brown Trout - Montana Fish and Hang

Fishing

West Yellowstone, famous for fishing, is located near the headwaters of the Madison, Gallatin, and Henry’s Fork of the Snake River.  

June offers expanded possibilities in Yellowstone National Park, where the best fishing places 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.

Water Safety

Please be prepared for water conditions to change quickly.  We will keep you all updated on the conditions to keep everyone safe.  This fish and hang weekend will happen rain or shine.  Go to the Real-Time Yellowstone National Park Stream Flow Data.

DIY Fishing

Mark your calendars for the Live Q&A Session on May 22nd at 6:00 pm MT, where we’ll explore weekend logistics and share local fishing information. The Fish and Hang events involve some preparation and proactive involvement. To provide attendees with the essential information for a successful weekend, please utilize this website outlining the weekend’s logistics to assist in crafting your fishing itinerary.

Hire a fishing Guide

We recognize that not everyone wants to DIY Fish and may prefer the expertise of a fishing guide. In our commitment to showcasing local businesses and guides, we’re pleased to provide a list of area guides who have registered on the Fish and Hang website, demonstrating their support and alignment with the iFishiBelong mission.

Priscilla Dorszynski Bio Photo - Montana Fish and Hang

Fishing License

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 in 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 and the Fly Shops.

Fish Species

These are the fish species tha you might encounter while fishing in the West Yellowstone Montana area.

Brook Trout - Montana Fish and Hang

Brook Trout 

Brown Trout - Montana Fish and Hang

Brown Trout

Grayling - Montana Fish and Hang

Grayling

Rainbow Trout - Montana Fish and Hang

Rainbow Trout

Westslope Cutthroat - Montana Fish and Hang

Westslope Cutthroat

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Whitefish

Yellowstone Cutthroat

Jennie Felkins - Montana Fish and Hang

DIY Fishing Blogs

Fishing Yellowstone

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Felt Sole Boots are prohibited

With over 2500 miles of rivers and streams, as well as numerous lakes, Yellowstone waters present an excellent opportunity for the recreational angler.

Regulations and Fishing Regions – https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/fishing.htm

 

Yellowstone Fishing License

Anglers 16 years of age or older must be in possession of a valid Yellowstone National Park fishing pass to fish in the park. State fishing licenses are not valid and are not required.

Permits can be purchased at Park Visitor Centers or at Fly Shops near the park. Click HERE for more information.

 

Equipment - Fish and Hang

Fishing Equipment

  • Fly Rods – 4wt – 6wt. 
  • Rod Length – Average 9’.
  • Fly Lines – Typical Floating Fly Lines
  • Leader – 9’ 3x – 5x 
  • Tippet Spools – 3x – 6x

Each angler is expected to bring their own equipment and flies.  We have rod/reel setups, boots and waders available for borrowing on a first-come, first-served basis. Please fill out the “Borrowed Equipment” form by June 14th if you wish to borrow equipment.  Click HERE.

Rain Jacket - Heather, Jenny and Amy

Clothing

Weather in our area can be unpredictable, so plan for anything. Temperatures range from the 40s to the 80s, depending on the day. Be prepared with shedable layers to add or shed throughout the day.  Don’t forget a rain jacket!!

Fly Box - Fish and Hang

Montana and Area Flies

We chose these dates to potentiate the famous salmon fly hatch on the Madison River and Henry’s Fork.  Stoneflies and Caddis are the predominant bugs, so you will want to choose your nymphs accordingly. Salmonflies and Golden Stones usually begin to hatch during the last few days of June, so dry fly fishing can be had if the water is right.  Here are a few fly suggestions to have with you –

  • Salmon Fly Patterns
  • Hendrickson’s
  • Quill Gordons
  • Adams
  • Pale Morning Duns
  • Blue-Winged Olives
  • Midge Patterns
  • Caddis
  • Green Drakes
  • Terrestrials

Yellowstone Hatch Chart

Women Guide Top 10 Area Flies

Leader Examples

Coming Soon. Please note that these examples are intended for personal use only and should not be distributed. © Copyright 2020 Fly Fish Instruct, LLC. All rights reserved.

Local Fisheries

Below are some of the notable fishing rivers you can explore when visiting the West Yellowstone region.

Community - Montana Fish and Hang

Safety Policy

For the safety of all, if you show any signs of illness or have a positive test result, kindly remain at home. Stay informed about the weather, dress for the occasion, and stay alert to any shifts in water conditions.

Weekend Disclaimer

We aim for a memorable weekend, emphasizing community for everyone present. Educational resources will be available, and connections among anglers encouraged. We expect a drama-free setting and clarify that while co-hosts will be around, the weekend is self-guided. Attendees can coordinate fishing plans with other participants via the Facebook Group. This is not an exclusive women’s weekend. Partners, friends, and family are encouraged to join.

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