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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

Jun
6
Sat
CWA Zoom Meetup
Jun 6 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

CWA Zoom Meetup

ALL MEETUPS REQUIRE ADVANCE REGISTRATION

Please join us for our CWA Zoom virtual meetup on June 6, 2020 from 9:30 to 10:30 am featuring

Flies Made Simple: Finding a Friend in your Fly Box
presented by Casey Peltier

Flies Made Simple

CWA Secretary Casey Peltier will show you the simple way to figure out what’s in your fly box and how to use it, what to say when you go to a fly shop to buy more, and how to approach fly tying without tears. Casey will also demonstrate how to tie a wet fly. Don’t forget to bring your fly box to the Meetup!

Please sign up for this Meetup no later than 24 hours prior to the event: Saturday, June 6, from 9:30 to 10:30 am using the form below.

PLEASE REVIEW INSTRUCTIONS

 How can you participate in CWA Zoom Meetups?

  • Members sign-up on the CWA website calendar and complete the registration form for each meetup they wish to join. Zoom participants need to sign up no later than 24 hours in advance of the meetup. Unfortunately, last minute registrations cannot be accommodated.
  • The Zoom meetup information and link will be emailed to registered members prior to the meeting. (Look for an e-mail from our Zoom host, Denise Swensen to invite you to the meeting. This should arrive the day prior to the meetup.)
  • Members should click on the Zoom meeting link to join the event on the date and time listed for the meetup. The final email with instructions for joining the meeting will be distributed approximately 24 hours prior to the event.

(Note, if you do not have the Zoom application on your device, you will be prompted to download and install Zoom when you join your first Zoom event. It’s super easy.  You can participate via phone, laptop, computer or tablet. The prompts say “save file.” Then just follow the prompts. No need to enter a separate password. Once that’s completed, you click on “join meeting.” You will be put in the “waiting room” until the host lets you in when the meeting starts. Make sure your mic and video are clicked on so everyone can see and hear you. We will be allowing video connection so that members can interact during the session. Or, there will be a dial-in option for audio-only participation.)

Consider downloading Zoom prior to the meeting at this link, https://zoom.us/download#client_4meeting.

Information and tutorials are located at this link, https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us.

See you there!

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Jun
13
Sat
Canceled: CWA Fish, Lunch & Learn at Merkel Wildlife Refuge
Jun 13 all-day

This CWA event has been canceled.

Great fly fishing for all skill levels on five ponds holding largemouth bass, bluegill, and other species of fish. Maryland fishing license required. For insurance purposes, all non-members must register as a CWA member-for-a-day at this event- fee is $10. Trip Leader: Rachel Willingham.

Members

Please submit the form to register.

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Non-Members

Pay $10 via Paypal to become a Member-for-a-Day and register.

Jun
20
Sat
Canceled: CWA Fish, Lunch & Learn on the Gunpowder River
Jun 20 all-day

This CWA event has been canceled.

Enjoy fishing on one of Maryland’s premier trout waters for brown and rainbow trout. The group will meet at Masemore Road in the Gunpowder Falls Park and fish in small groups. All skill levels. Maryland fresh water fishing license and trout stamp required for fishing Gunpowder River. For insurance purposes, all non-members must register as a CWA member-for-a-day at this event- fee is $10.  Trip Leader: Carol Stevenson.

Members

Please submit the form to register.

Member Registration Gunpowder River
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Non-Members

Pay $10 via Paypal to become a Member-for-a-Day and register.

Jul
11
Sat
Canceled: CWA Fish, Lunch & Learn on the Monocacy River
Jul 11 all-day

This CWA event has been canceled.

Great warm water fly fishing for all in the Monocacy River at Devilbiss Bridge Rd just north east of Frederick.  Bass and other pan fish including Sunfish and Bluegill. Maryland fishing license required. For insurance purposes, all non-members must register as a CWA member-for-a-day at this event- fee is $10.  Trip Leader: Kathy Harding

Members

Please submit the form to register.

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Non-Members

Pay $10 via Paypal to become a Member-for-a-Day and register.

Aug
22
Sat
Canceled: CWA Saltwater Fishing Trip to Western Shores private beach front on the Bay
Aug 22 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

This CWA event has been canceled.

Members meet at 2460 Western Shores Blvd, Port Republic, MD at the gated parking area at 10:00 am. Bring your Kayaks and saltwater fishing gear for a day of fishing on the Chesapeake Bay. Pack a lunch! Maryland Chesapeake Bay and Coastal Sport Fishing License required, information:  http://www.eregulations.com/maryland/fishing/licenses-fees/.  For insurance purposes, all non-members must register as a CWA member-for-a-day at this event- fee is $10. Host/Trip Leader: Margaret Thompson. Please register in advance.

Members

Please submit the form to register.

Member Registration Saltwater Fishing Trip
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Non-Members

Pay $10 via Paypal to become a Member-for-a-Day and register.

Sep
11
Fri
CWA Fishing Trip to State College, PA
Sep 11 – Sep 13 all-day

Details TBD. Fishing on Penns or Spring Creek and other local waters. Pennsylvania fishing and trout licenses required. Our experienced member will guide on Friday afternoon and all day Saturday. Fish on your own Sunday. Overnight lodging options TBD. For insurance purposes, all non-members must register as a CWA member-for-a-day at this event- fee is $10. Trip Leader: Brenda Foster.

Members

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CWA Zoom Meetup June 6

Please join us for our CWA Zoom virtual meetup on June 6, 2020 from 9:30 to 10:30 AM featuring "Flies Made Simple: Finding a Friend in your Fly Box" presented by Casey Peltier. CWA Secretary Casey Peltier will show you the simple way to figure out what’s in your fly box and how to use it, what to say when you go to a fly shop to buy more, and how to approach fly tying without tears. Casey will also demonstrate how to tie a wet fly. Don’t forget to bring your fly box to the Meetup!

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CWA Zoom Meetup May 28

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Please join us for our CWA Zoom virtual meetup on May 28, 2020 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm featuring "Fly Tying & Tactics for Trout Fishing" presented by Bryan Donoway. CWA hosts local Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide, Bryan Donoway, from Flys In Disguise as he ties some of his favorite euro nymph trout patterns. He will also be talking tactics and techniques to find and catch these fish.
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CWA Zoom Meetup May 23

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Please join us for our CWA Zoom virtual meetup on May 23, 2020 from 10:30 to 11:30 am featuring "Match the hatch: Aquatic Entomology…What Fish Eat" presented by Anne Timm. This zoom chat presentation will discuss the kinds of aquatic insects that trout eat and how to match fly patterns to aquatic insects we observe on the river.
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CWA Zoom Meetup May 7

Please join us for our CWA Zoom virtual meetup on May 7, 2020 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm featuring "Fly Tying & Tactics: Snakehead & Trout Fishing" presented by Bryan Donoway. CWA hosts local Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide, Bryan Donoway, from Flys In Disguise as he ties some of his favorite euro nymph trout and snakehead patterns. He will also be talking tactics and techniques to find and catch these fish.

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