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>=}}>     Notices and Calendar updates for November and December

Notice of By-Laws changes made 9/6/2018   (See Bylaws pages under Membership)

Article III, Para. D NONMEMBERS:  Nonmembers of CWA shall be eligible to attend related functions and are eligible to attend special meetings and events.  A fee of $5 shall be charged for participation in the fish/lunch/learn events, which will be applied to dues if the nonmember participant joins the organization.  The Board will set an appropriate fee for any other event except for the annual Fall Fling for which no fee shall be charged.  Non-members will be offered a choice: a one-day membership of $10, or annual membership at the usual rate.

Nov 9 to 11      CWA Steelhead Fishing Trip to the Lake Erie region of PA. 

Fish the Lake Erie tributaries in PA (Conneaut, Elk, Grand) for the really big steelhead. You will need a 7 or 8 weight rod, all your gear and a PA license. Lodging will be at The Liars Den in East Springfield, PA. Fishing guides will be hired from Steelhead Alley Outfitters. RSVP to the trip leader: Rachel Dagovitz, racheldagovitz@hotmail.com or call 202-468-9653. 

NOV 10            Upper Gunpowder Watershed Brook Trout Conservation Partnership recovery of Stream Temperature Loggers – Volunteers Needed!  

The group will be retrieving the (17) loggers we deployed last Spring.  Saturday (11.10.18) from 12PM to 4PM.  If you know anyone who may like to help (friends, spouses, fishing buddies, drinking buddies, etc.), please invite them along.  THIS LOGGER RECOVERY WILL OCCUR RAIN OR SHINE.  See the CWA Calendar for full details.  Adam Nabors, Project Manager from Environmental Quality Resources, L.L.C. will be leading this event.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend, as he’ll need an accurate ‘head count’ to plan appropriately.  Please give Adam a call at his mobile number below if you have any additional questions.   CONTACT:  Adam Nabors, 443-764-5318 


Dec 8               CWA Holiday Party. 

The Aquatic Resources Education Center (AREC), 11am to 3pm, 1900 Anacostia Drive SE, Washington, DC 20020, Anacostia Park, Section E, (next to Skating Pavilion), 202-535-2276.  Our own CWA member, Teresa Rodriguez, is the Director of this facility.  Her phone number is 202-754-2249 if you’d like more information about the AREC.  AREC is a multi-use, environmental education and aquaculture center. It is one of three facilities of its kind in the Northeast Region. We plan to include a brief tour of the facility and its many aquariums, lunch, and a speaker.  Kiki Galvin, a popular fly fishing guide and instructor in the DC area and a long time CWA member, will give a short presentation on some of her activities and trips this year.  We will have a scavenger hunt, and a preview of 2019 trips, along with a possible equipment exchange. Please consider bringing any equipment you no longer need to this event.  CWA will provide the main dish and beverages. Please consider bringing a side dish, snacks or dessert to share.  Join your fellow members for great conversation, a chance at the raffle prize drawing, and an opportunity to experience close encounters with more than 40 species of fish, amphibians, reptiles, invertebrates, and aquatic plants.  Free to all CWA members.  Non-member guests are welcome as a member-for-the-day at this event for a fee of $10.

Contact/RSVP: Katherine, kvkfarley@gmail.com, 703-554-3704.


>=}}>      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 Frederick, MD 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 or bear 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, 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