Carol Stevenson, President
Carol Stevenson is co-owner, with her husband, Phil Gay, of a fly fishing guiding and destination service called Trout and About which began operations in 1994. She is one of the founding members of the Chesapeake Women Anglers. Since 2000, she has been involved, as an instructor and retreat leader, with Casting For Recovery, a not-for-profit organization that teaches women who are recovering from breast cancer to fly fish.
“CWA has been near and dear to my heart for many years. During that time I’ve been fortunate to have watched women with no fishing skills become very proficient fly fishers. Teaching these women the skills to enjoy this marvelous sport has been a real joy. As much as I Iove fishing, it’s even more fun to be on the river with another fisher and seeing her experience the thrill of finding a feeding fish, presenting a tasty fly, and being rewarded with a beautiful fish on the line. I look forward to continuing the wonderful fishing traditions that have attracted so many women to CWA over the years.”
Katherine Farley, Vice President
I grew up fishing the lakes and rivers in Arkansas and continued to enjoy the sport after moving to this area, which offers many opportunities for fresh and salt water fishing. My husband and I have always enjoyed exploring state and national parks and the waters around them.
The idea to add fly fishing to my fishing repertoire really took root when we stumbled upon the Lefty Kreh rock while hiking along the Gunpowder River one very warm November day. During my search for used fly fishing gear, I learned about the Chesapeake Women Anglers. And like many others after attending the CWA Memorial Day weekend retreat, surrounded by friendly faces, patient instruction, laughter, and fishing, the journey with CWA began.
Over the last few years, I have found some awesome fishing buddies through CWA. Even if we weren’t catching fish, we might discover a new fishing hole, practice a cast, or share stories, all the while experiencing the beauty and sounds of nature and enjoying the adventure.
I look forward to supporting our club, making new memories, and improving my skills while sharing good times with CWA members.
Casey Peltier, Secretary
What do you do with a ski place in south central Pennsylvania the other 40 weeks of the year? You learn to fly fish with Dusty Wissmath, and discover that Pennsylvania is the Holy Land of fly fishing. World class streams on your doorstep — what fun! When it’s too warm to ski, you fish, and vice versa.
Then you go home to Arlington, VA, and fish countless hours in our beloved urban drainage otherwise known as Holmes Run, and after a while you can actually catch fish on your own. Then you start to tie flies, and the pastime becomes a passion. Then you discover The West, Florida, the Caribbean and so on, and life is never the same again!
Back when The Fly Show came to College Park, I found Chesapeake Women Anglers at a booth, and now I can share all this with other ladies who love the sport. Casting for Recovery was the next logical step, helping breast cancer survivors discover the healing nature of the outdoors, and incidentally introducing them to fly fishing. CWA offers countless ways to both enjoy fishing and give back!
Deb Fagan, Environmental/Education Chair
I’ve been a member of CWA since 2007. I volunteered on the CWA Environmental/Educational Committee in past years. During that period, CWA was active in a number of partnerships with other conservation and environmental groups. CWA members trained to be stream watchers and sponsored a stream restoration and fish stocking program on the Hawlings River in Montgomery County.
I found that my pursuit of fly fishing was a good balance to my professional career as an educator, in the fields of special education, secondary education, and school administration. I have taught courses in Adolescent Literacy (my great interest) at local universities. Since retiring , my husband (Chick) and I love to travel and spend time in Florida and at the Jersey Shore. We are birdwatchers and kayakers.
I’m pleased to have joined the cadre of CWA members who support our sister organization, Casting For Recovery. I am on the staff of the Mid-Atlantic CFR retreats as a fly fishing instructor and I also serve as the coordinator for the river helpers who assist the CFR participants for their fishing day on the water during the retreats.
I hope to be fishing for a long time to come with the great people I’ve met through CWA.