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Fly fishermen will experience the Western Native Trout Challenge

The Fly Fishers of Davis will hear from Laurie Banks and Ken W. Davis, who will present the Western Native Trout Challenge via the Zoom webinar at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 27.

Laurie Banks shows off a Coastal Cutthroat Trout during the Western Native Trout Challenge.
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This presentation aims to motivate people to take up this challenge and introduce fly fishermen to this program. Participants will learn the challenge, tips for completing all levels, locating and identifying fish, planning trips, as well as gear and flies.

Ken Davis is seen fishing in Washington.
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Banks and Davis have been together for 23 years and a fishing crew for 15 years. They spend their summer vacations fishing and visiting family in Nevada, Idaho, and Montana. After finding out about the Western Native Trout Challenge, they decided to give it a try. Thinking it would take years, they were surprised they took on the challenge in just 15 months.

Banks is a retired high school teacher and was president of California Fly Fishers Unlimited in 2014 and 2015. She sits on their board of directors and co-teaches their Class 101 for Beginner Anglers.

Davis is an aquatic biologist who works on several projects in Lake Berryessa and Putah Creek for Solano County. As a wildlife photojournalist, his images have appeared in over 5,000 periodicals. He has been fly fishing for over 30 years. Ken especially enjoys the fly fishing activities with Banks as they approach it as a team effort.

Although 75 anglers have completed the first level, the couple are two of the five to complete the third and final level and the first to do so.

To register for this Zoom webinar, go to

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