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 events.

Become a member so you 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. We hope to see you on the water!

Upcoming Events

CWA Annual Memorial Day Party on the Gunpowder River 29-30 May 2021 @ Gunpowder River
May 29 – May 30 all-day

Carol Stevenson is hosting this party at her house on the Gunpowder River in Monkton, Maryland.  Visitors are welcome from 8:30am to 5:30pm on Saturday and Sunday. We’ll have a mini-fly fishing clinic starting at 10am to help beginners learn how to cast. Or, come early and catch some beautiful trout behind Carol’s house or at the various access points in the Gunpowder Falls State Park. Memorial Day is a very popular time on the Gunpowder so an early start on the river is advised.  

The event will be limited to 20 CWA visitors each day so registration will be on a first come, first served basis. Activities will strictly follow the Covid social distancing guidelines for gatherings. All activities will be outside. Sorry, but no overnight guests or indoor dining this time. Visitors will be asked to bring their own food.  

You will need a Maryland Fresh Water Fishing License that can be purchased on line at https://compass.dnr.maryland.gov

Please note: You will receive directions to Carol’s house and further information via separate e-mail once you register.

Register for SATURDAY
May 29, 2021

    Register for SUNDAY
    May 30, 2021


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