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We are all looking forward to a wonderful year of fishing fun and friends.  You should have received the Winter Issue of the newsletter by now.  It is filled with lots of pictures and fond memories of the past year's worth of fishing outings. And check out the 2018 CWA Calendar.  

>=}}>      Winter fly tying opportunities:

Potomac-Patuxent Chapter of Trout Unlimited is sharing an opportunity with Chesapeake Women Anglers to learn how to tie flies with their resident expert, Bob Dietz. 

 Classes start on Tuesday, February 13 from 7pm to 9pm and run for six weeks through March 19.

Location of the classes will be Landover, MD.

 To sign up for classes  and for more details  - please contact Bob Dietz directly : dietzredietz@gmail.com

Participants will be required to supply their own tools but materials for tying each fly will be provided for students.

Good for beginning fly tyers or as a refresher course for those with more experience.

>=}}>      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