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>=}}>     Notices and Calendar updates for September

PLEASE NOTE REGISTRATION IS OPEN: The Chesapeake Council of the FFI’s Fall on the Fly, Saturday, September 29, 2018, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Susquehanna State Park near Havre de Grace, MD, Pavilion 1 in the Picnic Area.  Register on the Chesapeake Council’s website: www.ccffi.org.  Information on the Date, Time, Location, Directions, Schedule, Class Listings, and What to bring for Classes can be found via this link.  Additional information may be found on the CWA calendar.

Sept 14-16          CWA Two-Day Fishing Trip to the Savage River, Swanton, MD. 

The Savage River, one of the best wild trout streams in the Mid-Atlantic region, is home to a healthy number of wild brown and brook trout.  Stay in a newly renovated four bedroom, 2.5 bath cabin in Swanton, MD.  There is a cost for this trip.  Reservation is required.  Deposit of $175 for each participant.  River wading requires some experience.  Intermediate to advanced skill levels.  Trip Leader: Please contact Brenda Foster, Brenda@GCFonline.com, or 410-467-4672.

Sept 22                National Hunting and Fishing Day. 

CWA will host a booth at the Rockville Chapter of Izaak Walton League of America, 18301 Waring Station Road, Germantown MD.  20874.  Event time is 12 to 5 PM. Free to the public. Free food and drink. Free opportunities for everyone to try outdoor sports of all kinds including; pistol shooting, ax throwing, archery, and of course fly fishing. There will be lots to do for all ages. If you would like to volunteer to staff the booth for 1-2 hours or more, please contact Katherine Farley at kvkfarley@gmail.com or call 703-554-3704.     

Sept 29                The Chesapeake Council of the FFI’s Fall on the Fly.

Saturday, September 29, 2018, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Susquehanna State Park near Havre de Grace, MD, Pavilion 1 in the Picnic Area. Registration is open on the Chesapeake Council’s website: www.ccffi.org.  Fly Fishing for the Advanced Beginner through Intermediate Levels. World Class Instructors teaching on the water! There is a fee for this event.  Some Free classes, lunch, equipment swap, vendor display tables, silent auction are included in the $15 admission. FFI Member ($50.00) Includes any classes and lunch; FFI Non-Member ($70.00) Includes FFI membership, any classes and lunch. A Full Schedule, Class Listings with descriptions, and What to bring for Classes may be found on the online registration page. Contact: Dianne Tidy at tidys@comcast.net, (410) 287-9405.

Sept 29                Women's Fly Anglers Event.

Women's Fly Anglers Event will be held on Saturday September 29 from 10 AM to 4 PM at Beaver Creek Fly Shop, 9720 Country Store Lane, Hagerstown, MD 21740.  (301) 393-9090.  CWA members are invited!  Aside from vendors, there will be casting lessons for fly casting, and Tenkara. The Shop will be providing all you can eat food & non-alcoholic drinks, and there is the possibility that Antietam Brewery and or a local Vineyard will be on hand as well.  Kim at missmayfly.com (a new line of women's waders headquartered in PA), will be there with a line-up of waders.   Call for volunteers to set-up and staff a CWA booth and possibly recruit more members. Beaver Creek runs through the backyard, so there's lots of fishing to be had!  Please let me know if you can participate, even for a few hours.  Contact: Katherine Farley, kvkfarley@gmail.com; or Carol Stevenson, castevenson@mindspring.com.


>=}}>      What is the Mayfly Project? 

      Check it out at their web site:  www.TheMayflyproject.com  or 
     Contact CWA member Rachel Dagovitz, racheldagovitz@hotmail.com for more information. 

>=}}>      Want to learn how you can help keep our waters clean and free of invasive species?
       Check out this note below from our friends at the Izaak Walton League of America and follow  the suggested links to learn more. 

   Invasive Species: The Water Risk We Sometimes Miss

         It’s our favorite time of year. The fish are biting. Stream lovers are out sloshing around, fishing, wading or just taking a dip to cool off in a stream on a hot sunny day.  But there's probably more in the water than your toes.  Invasive species threaten all aquatic ecosystems, from fresh water creeks to coastal bays. By following a few simple steps, you can stop invasive species from spreading. A speck of mud, a drop of water, or a tiny fragment of a plant is all it takes to spread harmful plants and animals. To minimize that risk, we ask every stream user to clean off your boats and gear onsite, including waders, buckets, and nets. The last thing we lovers of water want to do is spread invasive species to the waterways we love and and are working so hard to protect.  You can learn more on our website For more information check out the latest blogs and posts from the Leagues Clean Water Staff.  Also check out the links below. 

Get The Lead Out of Our Water, Scott Maxham, IWLA Clean Water Fellow

Spring "Surge" in Stream Monitor Trainings, Samantha Briggs, IWLA Save Our Streams Coordinator

Is That My Bug? The League's Aqua Bugs App Simplifies Stream MonitoringHeather Black, IWLA Chesapeake Conservation Corps volunteer

How To Pick a Stream Monitoring Site, Scott Maxham, IWLA Clean Water Fellow

>=}}>      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.                                                            

>=}}>      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

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