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Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to get started fly fishing?

After a CWA Beginners Clinic or a private lesson or two the essentials include a well balanced Rod and Reel outfit suited for the size fish you are targeting. Most people will end up with a minimum of 2 or 3 rods for the various situations they might fish.  In fresh water if trout are your preference, a rod 8 ½ feet in length made for a 4/5 weight line is a good average size. If you prefer warm water species in ponds and rivers (bass, crappie, bluegill, etc.) an 8 ½ to 9 foot rod made for a 6/7 weight line is a better choice because the flies you will use will be bigger and heavier on average.  For most local saltwater fishing, a 9 foot rod made for 8 or 9 weight line will be your best choice.  After that, breathable chest waders, and vest filled with nippers, hemostats, leaders and tippet, non-lead split shot and strike indicators will also be needed. A favorite brimmed hat,  polarized sunglasses, non-corrosive sunscreen and bug spray, a whistle or cell phone for emergencies and of course your fishing license and you’re ready to go.  Magnifying lenses will help you see small flies and a head lamp will greatly improve your vision in low light conditions but are not essential.  Before you buy the big ticket items it is recommended that you try several different brands and sizes before you make your final decision.  CWA works closely with most of the local fly fishing shops. They support our fundraising efforts, send us potential members and we in turn send them customers and support them in this way.  We recommend you introduce yourself and they will gladly help you with all your fly fishing needs. Please visit the local fly shops listed under Related Links

Also, CWA has a limited amount of equipment available to lend to members.  Contact the CWA Outings Coordinator or your trip leader for details.

Where can I go fly fishing?
Fly fishing is one of those sports that you can literally do anywhere there are fish. The Mid-Atlantic region has endless possibilities. Whether you enjoy the beach and the salty air around the tidal waters of the bay, or find your pleasure climbing in the faster-moving mountain streams where the water is cold and clear, there is something for you. The Potomac River and a local farm pond can be your answer to success with the fly rod. Most of the state fisheries web sites list stocked waters as well as favorite places to fish. Almost all show current water conditions and fishing reports. Check the Mid-Atlantic fishers web sites under Licensing and Stocking Information here Related Links . Fly fishers can even travel internationally to broaden their horizons. When traveling consider contacting one of the hundreds of women's fly fishing clubs throughout the country as well as abroad. Visit Women's Fly Fishing Clubs .

What resources are available to learn more?

All of the local fly shops offer guided fishing as well as lessons.  There is a plethora of information about fly fishing on the internet as well.  Just search for Fly Fishing and go from there. There are many local guides, teachers and boat captains available for hire to learn local fishing spots.  Do visit our Related Links page!

And don’t forget the best resource of all in the area -- a premier fly fishing club - the Chesapeake Women Anglers. Please consider joining and attending our Clinics, Fish Lunch and Learns, and Destination trips. Here's our  Membership page.  

Get involved and expand your enjoyment of this wonderful sport of fly fishing.  CWA owns an extensive library containing numerous resources relating to fly fishing including videos as well as books These resources are available by loan to members only. To borrow from the lending library, contact the a board member.