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April showers bring May flowers, shad runs and unpredictable weather.

Please check with your trip leaders to be sure your chosen trip has not been cancelled or postponed.  

Listed below are the Calendar Events for April- 2018

April 7               CWA Fishing at Conewago Flyfishers Club.    POSTPONED Contact the trip leader for rescheduled date.

By special invitation, fishing for brown, rainbow, and brook trout on 2 miles of private waters near Gettysburg, PA, belonging to the Conewago Creek Fly Fishing Club.  Exclusive catch and release and wild trout fishery. All skill levels. Fishing on the creek.  No license required on the property. Limited to ten people. Trip leader:  Carol Stevenson, castevenson@mindspring.com, (410) 472-0272.

April 13-15        CWA Two orThree Day Fishing Trip to State College, PA.

Fishing on Spring Creek and Penns Creek with three of our members who fish these waters. Pennsylvania license required.Our experienced members will guide on Friday afternoon and all day Saturday. Fish on your own Sunday. Trip Leaders: RSVP to: Brenda Foster (brenda@gcfonline.com). Co-leaders:Chris Bracken-Piper, cbrackenpiper@gmail.com, or Vicki Cunningham (flyfishingchic@gmail.com).  Lodging option: Best Western, 115 Premiere Drive, State College, PA.

April 14             Upper Gunpowder Falls Watershed Brook Trout Conservation Partnership: Stream Temperature Logger Deployment - Call for Volunteers!  

Time: 12:00pm to 4:00 pm.  Stream temperature loggers record water temperature at specific time intervals and The Partnership is utilizing data collected to develop a thermal map of stream temperatures.  This map will give The Partnership a better understanding of current and potential Brook Trout habitat across the watershed for use in conservation endeavors.  Volunteers deploy these loggers each Spring and recover loggers (and data) in the Fall.  A Field Operations office will be setup for the day at Christmas Tree Park in Manchester, MD.  Waders or hip boots required.   For additional details on the event, items to bring, where to meet, and to volunteer, please RSVP to Adam Nabors at anabors@eqrllc.com or 443-764-5318.

April 20-22        CWA Rapidan River Fishing Trip.  CANCELLED

Excellent day trip for locals. Optional lodging at Graves Mountain Lodge, Syria, VA.  and the Rose River Farm. Excellent brook trout fishing on the renown Rapidan River in the Shenandoah National Park and other classic brook trout streams in the area. All skills levels, Virginia license, trout stamp and park stamp required. Limited to eight people. Trip Leader:  Mary Beth Martin, 540-222-0591, hellomarybeth@yahoo.com.

April 28             DC Dept of Energy & Environment, Family & Youth Casting Call

Anacostia Park outside of the Aquatic Resources Education Center – 1900 Anacostia Drive SE, 10:00am to 3:00pm.  The Family & Youth Casting Call is an annual free event sponsored each spring by DOEE's Fisheries & Wildlife Division. DOEE provides fishing instruction, environmental education activities, and community resources to youth aged 15 and under and their families. Families can bring their own fishing equipment or youth may use the spin casting equipment provided by DOEE. DOEE also supplies bait and organizes volunteer fishing instructors to help youth participants learn the basics of catch-and-release fishing.  Volunteer Instructors Needed.  Contact: Teresa Rodriguez, teresa.rodriguez@dc.gov, 202-535-2276.


>=}}>      More Winter fly tying opportunities:

Following the CWA tradition of women teaching women, 2 members have volunteered to offer fly tying sessions in their

respective homes over the winter months.

Norma Kawecki who lives in Clarksburg, MD (northern Montgomery County) and Casey Peltier who lives in
Arlington, VA (northern VA) are offering their homes for small group fly tying sessions.
Please email them for more details and find out dates, times and flies to be tied.
Email Norma at:  Norma Kawecki and Casey at  Casey Peltier  for more details.                                                            

>=}}>      Welcome to new board members

Please help welcome our new board members who were voted in unanimously at the Annual Fall Fling picnic meeting. 

President - Carol Stevenson

Vice President - Katherine Farley

Treasurer - Val Walters 

Also read their bios on the Board web page. 

>=}}>      We need your help - Be a leader

If you would like to share one of your favorite fishing locations please consider leading a Fish, Lunch & Learn for a day there.  Or, perhaps you have a favorite place for an overnight Destination Trip please contact  Carol Stevenson  to discuss the details.  We can help you lead it if you would like.  

>=}}>      Be a safe and aware fisher woman!

Regardless of where you fish always take precautions for your own safety.   
-  Please always fish with a buddy or two. 
-  Always be aware of your surroundings. Don't be distracted by your cell phone. 
-  Carry a whistle that will blow even when wet. 
-  Carry pepper spray. 
-  Fish in sight of your buddies. 
-  Be sure your vehicle is locked and all valuables are out of sight. 
-  Don't linger in the parking lot especially when no one else is around. 
-  Don't be distracted by strangers that may approach you asking for help when you are alone.

>=}}>      Not a member yet or forgot to renew?  Here is how to join in 4 easy steps.  

1) Click this link: Membership

2) Follow instructions to print out the membership application.

3) Fill out the application and 

4) Mail it along with your check for dues to:

               CWA, P.O. Box 296, Phoenix, MD 21131  

If you have questions please contact  CWA Acting Membership Chair

 Mary Beth Martin:  hellomarybeth@yahoo.com or call (540) 222-0591

>=}}>      What is the Mayfly Project? 
Check it out  www.TheMayflyproject.com  or contacting member Rachel Dagovitz, racheldagovitz@hotmail.com 

The Chesapeake Women Anglers (CWA) is a women's fly fishing club with members residing in and around the greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area including MD, VA, DC and beyond.
We share skills by teaching each other while on the water and in the classroom and by writing articles for our quarterly newsletter. We meet monthly to fish on local waters in the mid-Atlantic/Chesapeake Bay area and by way of our destination trips explore more distant waters together (see CWA Calendar).  

We partner with environmental groups to improve our waters, take part in community events, and socialize at our annual spring kick-off meetingfall picnic, and winter holiday party. Mostly we just love to fly fish and enjoy sharing all about it.
Become a member so you too can learn about the great places we fish, share the camaraderie and create your own stories. Membership is open to adult persons age 18 and over (see Membership). We hope to see you on the water!              

                                                                                                CWA  P.O. Box 296, Phoenix, Maryland 21131