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Ben Carlson is pictured on a fishing trip on the lower Kinnickinnic River in River Falls, Wis., just this past weekend, on April 12. Submitted photo

HHS grad starts fly fishing business: Ben Carlson offers local guided trips focused on teaching

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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.

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Katrina Styx
Katrina Styx has been a reporter for the Hastings Star Gazette since 2010. She has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in journalism from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. Prior to coming to Hastings, Katrina reported for weekly newspapers in Jordan, Minn., and River Falls, Wis.
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