HHS grad starts fly fishing business: Ben Carlson offers local guided trips focused on teaching
Ben Carlson, a 2012 graduate of Hastings High School, still remembers his first time fly fishing. He was 12 years old and was at a cabin in northern Minnesota, where his father’s best friend gifted him an old fly fishing rod, a 1961 Shakespeare Wonderod.
He remembers standing out on a big rock, trying to get the hang of casting and trying to keep his lines from getting tangled. He remembers holding his first trout the wrong way for a photo because he didn’t know any better.