Who We Are

Founded in 2013, the Chesapeake Council is a partnership of individual members and clubs of Fly Fishers International residing in the states of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, DC.

The FFI, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is the only united advocate for fly fishing throughout the world. Its tag line, “All Fish, All Waters” is reflected in the fisheries within our council.

You can fly fish a Great lake for Musky in the morning and be presenting a fly to a mountain Brookie in the afternoon. In a single day you can be prospecting for Rainbows in the sweet waters of a limestone stream and later be stripping in a streamer on a briny river estuary hoping for a Striper to take it and run. We have it all, and that is reflected in our tag line, “From Headwaters to Blue Water.” Come and join us; the water’s fine.

How’d We Get Our Name?

The Chesapeake Bay Watershed drains over 64,000 square miles of land area embraced by Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, Virginia, and Washington, DC and contains over 100,000 rivers and streams. The Chesapeake Bay Watershed is the common denominator shared between the council’s states and it seemed logical to share the name.

Our Mission

The Chesapeake Council is dedicated to the growth and enhancement of the sport of fly fishing through Education, Conservation, and Fellowship.

We believe through the FFI Casting Instructor Certification and Fly Tying Group programs the council enables its partner clubs to provide fly fishing education to their membership and the public at large. Through knowledge comes enjoyment and participation, and through participation comes growth. We firmly believe it is from this inescapable passion for fly fishing that springs the need to conserve, protect, and restore the waters we fish. Through this journey, like all shared life changing experiences, comes fellowship.