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HAPPY MAY !  Can you believe it! May is here already! 

May 13
  Our next Fish Lunch and Learn event is listed below. Please contact Mary Beth to sign up and get more details. 

CWA Fish Lunch and Learn (FLL) day in Upperville, VA.  Fishing for largemouth bass and bluegill at a private estate just west of Middleburg.  All skill levels welcome.  No fishing license required. 

Please contact the leader of this trip: Mary Beth Martin, 540-222-0591 at hellomarybeth@yahoo.com.

May 27, 28, 29 - Annual Memorial Day Event-
  Don't forget to save Memorial Day Weekend for fishing on the Gunpowder River.  
  Check out the Calendar for more info. on how to register. 

News Flash!   Membership dues are due now.  

To Join or Renew:  please click here: Membership Follow instructions to print out the membership application, fill it our if you have changes to your contact information and mail it with your payment  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

News Flash ! 
SHAD FISHING opportunities.  There won't be many more days for this as the annual Shad Run comes and goes.  
Contact Dianne Tidys 
tidys@comcast.net or call 410-287-9405 to discuss fishing opportunities for shad in the 

Outings for 2017 posted:

  Please be sure to read the calendar of events listed on the CWA Calendar and plan ahead for a season of fun. Some events are limited to a certain number of participants and reservations are taken by the trip leader on a FIRST COME: FIRST SERVED basis based on when you RSVP.  Many Destination trips are over night events and as such are limited to the number of beds reserved at the facility.  Others may be trips to small, more sensitive stream environments and be limited to a smaller number of participants for the sake of the stream health. In addition those trips held on private lands and by an "Invitation Only" basis require reservations. 

Regardless of venue we always strive for the best possible overall fishing experience, comradery and enjoyment of the beauty of nature.   For all outings and events please RSVP to the leader so she can better plan for the event with you in mind.   You must RSVP and send a deposit as directed by the leader when required to hold your place. 

Plan ahead, RSVP and don't be left out.   We want you to have your best year on the water with us. 

For your information:

At the CWA kick-off meeting, Rachel Dagovitz spoke about the exciting opportunity for members to work with the Mayfly Project to start the Maryland Chapter.  The Mayfly Project is a 501(c)(3) organization that uses fly fishing as a catalyst to mentor children in foster care.   The mission is to build relationships with children in foster care through fly fishing and introduce them to their local water ecosystems, with a hope that connecting them to a rewarding hobby will provide an opportunity for foster children to have fun, feel supported, and develop a meaningful connection with the outdoors.    We will start with a group home located in Montgomery County. 

As a group, we will mentor a group of foster kids through five sessions over a period of 5-6 months.   The children learn about all aspects of conservation and fly fishing, including several fishing outings.   At the end of the five stages the child is given his or her very own fly rod, reel, pack, fly box, flies, tippet, indicators, etc.

You may learn about the Mayfly Project at www.TheMayflyproject.com  and you may get involved in Maryland by contacting Rachel Dagovitz, racheldagovitz@hotmail.com and 202-468-9653.

Learn to tie flies or just have fun tying with friends in a more social setting. 

Many of our local fly shops offer group lessons and free fly tying group sessions, often on a bring your own tying stuff basis.
For fly tying opportunities perhaps nearer to you, please look up the info through the links at
Some of our members have attended various sessions and have found them very informative and fun.

One such place is at a venue in Arlington called Whitlow’s on Wilson. Its a bar and grill located near the Clarendon Metro Station in Arlington, VA. Casey says " I attend the Beer Ties every other month--if my calendar weren't so full, it would be every month. It's a great learning experience, and a good place especially for younger folk to meet young anglers". Sessions are held on the 2nd Monday of each month from 7 - 9 PM.  The evening is hosted by the Tidal Potomac Fly Rodders, is free and open to the public. The coordinator of the event Rob Snowhite says: "All are welcome".  For more info go to www.tpfr.org.

For your information:
 Casting For Recovery and Project Healing Waters have partnered up to work together to focus on Healing Female Veterans through Fly Fishing.   It is great to see flyfishing being used more often to help heal.  For more information check out this web page:  http://www.projecthealingwaters.org/announcements/retreat-partnership-focused-on-healing-female-veterans-through-fly-fishing/

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