Home Page

August brings more exciting fishing opportunities.   Try for striped bass in the Susquehanna River, or saltwater species from a kayak in the Bay.  Get yourself into the water on the shady side of the river and have some fun with your fly rod.  The warm water species are very active. Morning and evening hours can produce lots of action on poppers.  The famous White fly hatch happens in August around the mid Atlantic region. Try the Yellow Breeches in Boiling Springs, PA, the Potomac River around Harper's Ferry, and even Seneca Creek to name a few possibilities. They usually hatch in the late afternoon and evening.  The trout streams are low but can also provide you with relief from the heat.  Can't get out to fish?  Tie some flies and consult your diaries and daydream about your next fishing trip.  Check out the 
CWA Calendar
 and start planning your next adventure now. 

Here is a web site where you can study fish identification: 
                                Fish ID

Here is a web site where you can study knot tying: 
                        How to tie fishing knots                      

NEWS and Notes

Announcing the Annual Fall Fling !

Once again, CWA is holding its annual fall fling at Pavilion Two at Pinecliff Park located at 8350 Pinecliff Park Rd., Frederick, MD 21704  on the Monocacy River, September 30th at 2PM until dusk.   Come earlier if you wish and fish for bass and panfish and enjoy dinner in the late afternoon. There will be plenty of daylight for fishing after dinner as well.  CWA will provide hamburgers and hot dogs so please bring a side dish or dessert to share.  We have reserved our usual picnic pavilion to relax under and hold our meeting. 

The weather and the water should still be warm enough to wet wade in the river.  Remember to bring wading shoes that don’t have felt soles.  These are illegal in Maryland.  Recommend you also bring a 5-6 wt rod, reel and a weight forward line, small terrestrials (ants, hoppers), poppers, elk hair caddis, insect repellent, sunscreen, hat, polarized sunglasses, lunch and a lawn chair.  A Maryland freshwater fishing license is required.  

This will be our biennial meeting to elect officers for the CWA board.  We very much need more enthusiastic members who are willing to keep our organization running and plan the fishing events and activities we enjoy throughout the year.  We will be electing members to serve as President, Vice-President, and Treasurer.  If you’d like to run for one of these offices, please contact Carol Stevenson (castevenson@mindspring.com) or Casey Peltier (caseypeltier@hotmail.com).  

Please RSVP by 23 September to Carol Stevenson at castevenson@mindspring.com or by phone, (410) 472-0272 so we’ll have a count of participants and know how much food to buy.  

Guests and children are always welcome. 

NEWS and Notes

You may already know that the August 5th FLL had to be cancelled because of high water in the Potomac River. It has been rescheduled for October 7-8.  See CWA Calendar  for more details.  

Also, a more distressing note about the Potomac River.  We have heard reports that Point of Rocks, as well as other favorite river access points, have been inundated with vandals and gang activity. Although Loudon County officials are working hard to deal with it, Point of Rocks remains unsafe for now.  

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.

 NEWS and Notes

A new FLL has been added to the calendar for September 9, 2017. 
FLL -  September 9, 2017.  Exact time and place have not yet been determined but will likely be a morning start and continue through and beyond lunch time.  Wet wading will hopefully still be possible and you will catch some of the fish the Potomac has to offer.  Small mouth bass, Sunfish, Bluegill, and Catfish are all possible if the heavens allow and the river doesn't rise.    Please RSVP to the leaders to be put in the loop for final information.   CWA Calendar


   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


CWA Outings for 2017 posted: CWA Calendar  

    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:

Ask Rachel Dagovitz 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.    As a group, we will mentor 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.

 Casting For Recovery Mid-Atlantic will be hosting it's 2nd retreat in September. 
See the CFR page for more information. 

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