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September 6th& 7th 2024


West Yellowstone, Montana

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A Community Festival Of 

Art & Fly Fishing

Join us for a wretchedly good time at the 

Historic Union Pacific Dining Lodge

& Bob Jacklin Casting Pond


vendor/artist registrations

Festival schedule


Coming soon! Festival info

Chalk ARt

Come and witness the amazing live chalk art! You won't want to miss these incredibly talented chalk artist showcasing their skills. Join us for two days filled with creativity and inspiration.


Zach Nytomt Band

Join us for an unforgettable Saturday night filled with live music and dancing with the Zach Nytomt Band. Get ready to let loose and have a great time with friends and family. We can't wait to see you there!


 Get ready to be blown away by the incredible one-of-a-kind art pieces created by our talented artisans. With a vast selection of unique works to choose from, you're sure to find something that will make your heart sing. Come and enjoy the artist market!


Join us in celebrating all things fly fishing! There will be fly fishing reps, the Fly Fishing Film Tour, Casting Competition, open casting on the pond, Spey Casting Demos and fly tying, Whether you're an experienced angler or just starting out, there's something for everyone. Mark your calendars!

Fly Fishing Film Tour

& Much More!

The Wretched Mess News

by Milford ("Stanley") Poltroon


The Wretched Mess News is a distinctive parody of fishing magazines like no other. Its creator Milford (“Stanley”) Poltroon, aka David Bascom, blends his wacky humor, unique art style, and sensational take on the fishing lifestyle to bring a smile to your face. Many of David’s works include his sketches and found art that combines with a writing style that frontiers, according to Mr. Poltroon, “America’s last stronghold of honest yellow journalism”. His works were published from the early 1960’s to 1980’s in West Yellowstone, Montana.

At The Wretch Mess Arts Fest, we want to celebrate the legacy of the late David Bascom. His passion for art, humor, and the outdoors inspires us to celebrate the creative spirit that is alive in us all. His art is a source of joy and inspiration to many, and his memory lives on through this festival. 

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