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River of Gold

The image is unmistakable: A man in waders and wide-brimmed hat stands midstream, casting a line in a graceful arc and waiting for a trout to rise. Whether you want to stand beside him, or just take in the autumn colors in South Dakota's Spearfish Canyon, now is the time to head for the Black Hills. The river is waiting.

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Top Midwest Trout Streams

Here are a few other cold-water rivers and streams perfect for Midwest fly-fishing.

Au Sable River, Grayling, Michigan

The "Holy Water" section of this river is a worldwide destination for fly fishers angling for brown trout. This also is the birthplace of Trout Unlimited.

Bois Brule River, Brule, Wisconsin

Presidents Eisenhower, Hoover, Coolidge and Cleveland fished here, enjoying the variety and numbers of trout.

French Creek, Dorchester, Iowa

Gurgling through brush and pastures, this stream is a trophy brown-trout fishery.

Lake Taneycomo, Branson, Missouri

Just below Table Rock Dam, this lake's frigid upper section flows like a river.

Two Hearted River, Newberry, Michigan

Venerated by Ernest Hemingway's Big Two-Hearted River, this wilderness river is recognized nationwide as a top-notch brook-trout fishery.

White Water River, Rochester, Minnesota

This stream remains ice-free yearround. Hardy fly fishers ply its runs beneath limestone bluffs in temperatures nearing zero degrees.

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