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>=}}>     Notices and Calendar updates for  July

July 5-8             CWA Fishing Trip to The Hungry Trout Resort/Ausable River, Whiteface Mountain, NY.  

Four days and three nights fishing on one of the most popular catch and release sections of New York’s West Branch of the Ausable River. Recommended as one of “North America’s 25 Top Fishing Lodges” by Field and Stream providing on-site direct access to great fishing. Guided fishing, fly fishing packages offering fishing on private water reserved solely for guests of the lodge. NY fishing license required. On-site restaurant and fly shop. Spouses, significant others, and friends are welcome.  Private rooms for 1-4 people based upon availability. CWA block of rooms is being held until the end of March. For more details contact the trip leaders: Katherine & Frank Farley, kvkfarley@gmail.com; (703) 554-3704.

July 14              CWA Fish, Lunch and Learn day at Devilbiss Bridge Rd., Frederick, MD. 

Located just north of Frederick, MD off route 15 on the Monocacy River. This is a fun warm water fly fishing area for bass, bluegill and sunfish. A Maryland freshwater fishing license is required. Meeting location is at the Devilbiss Bridge Road Boat Launch at 9:00 AM.  More details will be provided to participants when they RSVP.  Please RSVP to the  trip leader: Kathy Harding at  klharding@msn.com

July 28-29         CWA Fishing Trip to Dam 5 on the Potomac River, Hagerstown, MD.

Evening & morning options with potential overnight.  Come experience Big-River fishing! The Potomac River at Dam #5 is shallow, warm, and full of bass. We'll park next to the C&O Canal on Dam #5 Road south of Clear Spring, MD. (Exit 18 off I 70) Bring your 6 WT rod if you have it, and some poppers and other bass specials, and join us for an evening outing. Wet wading is the order of the day. Bring a picnic supper AND A FLASHLIGHT so you can find your way back to the car after dark. This outing depends on the water temperature. If it's too warm the fish don't bite! We'll let you know several days before whether it's on or not, so sign up to get the word!  Trip leader: Casey Peltier, caseypeltier@hotmail.com, (703) 819-5733. Optional overnight near Hagerstown. (Alternate Date: August 4-5). 

>=}}>      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