A river runs through it

Minnesota's lakes may get all the attention, but its rivers are impressive too. Miles of rivers crisscross the state, providing bountiful trout habitats. (Top photo by Brian Peterson) 

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Driftless Fly Fishing Company guide Brennen Churchill fought a brown trout as he fly fished Wisel Creek in the “Driftless Area” in the southeastern corner of Minnesota.
One of the beauties of the trout stream, the spots on a brook trout are decorated with red, blue, yellow and green at Trout Brook in Miesville, Minnesota.
John Lenczewski, Executive Director of MN Trout Unlimited, fishes an un-restored stretch of Trout Brook in Miesville Ravine Park.
Brennen Churchill climbed an easement as he fly fished for trout in a section of the South Fork Root River in the "Driftless Area."
Brad Thacher cast his fly line as he fished for trout in a section of the South Fork Root River in the "Driftless Area."
Two fishermen work in the meandering Vermillion River in search of large brown trout. The Vermillion River offers the only Blue Ribbon trout water within a major metropolitan area in the entire country.
A peek inside Tony Nelson's fly box. Nelson is the Twin Cities Trout Unlimited Habitat Chairman, and recently fished a restored stretch of Trout Brook in Miesville Ravine Park.
Driftless Fly Fishing Company guide Brennen Churchill used hemostats to remove a barbless hook from a brown trout before releasing it.
Brennen Churchill, left, and Brad Thacher were greeted by a pair of landowner's dogs as they walked to a section of the South Fork Root River.
Brennen Churchill cast his fly line as he fished for trout in a section of the South Fork Root River.
Brad Thacher fought a brown trout in the "Driftless Area."
Brennen Churchill released a brown trout as he fly fished Wisel Creek.
Brad Thacher walked up a stretch of the South Fork Root River as he fly fished for trout.