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A typical stretch of Black Hills stream.
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Hans Stephenson releases a big brown trout.
A tiny size 18 nymph fooled this big brown trout.
Hans Stephenson, Dakota Angler and Outfitter owner, with one of his best-ever trout from the Black Hills.
A nice rainbow trout caught from a stream above Pactola Lake.
Hans Stephenson selects another fly. Many areas of Black Hills trout water are open to those fishing with lures or bait.
Sylvan Lake is one of several lakes that offers good fishing for trout.
Hans Stephenson strolls into trout fishing country.
A fat and colorful brown trout caught in downtown Rapid City on a grasshopper imitation fly.
A section of Rapid Creek above Pactola Lake is typical of Black Hills trout streams.
Fishing a section of Rapid Creek in Rapid City. It's a catch-and-release, blue ribbon fishery.
Desmond Brook, retired, has the time to go all over the Black Hills fishing. Still, he does best on a portion of blue ribbon stream that goes through about 10 miles of Rapid City.
Desmond Brook casts for brown trout along a busy golf course in Rapid City. One of the Black Hill's best stretches of trout streams winds through the town.
A stretch of trout stream in the Black Hills.
A fat and colorful brown trout caught in downtown Rapid City.
Desmond Brook fishes about three hours ever mid-summer day in Rapid City. He averages about 20 brown trout from this size and up.
Desmond Brook fights a fish while a family crosses a nearby bridge in Rapid City.
As well as by golf courses, Desmond Brook catches nice brown trout by business parking lots, public parks, walking trails and busy streets in Rapid City.
There's more than fishing to be enjoyed. Rock climbing is popular in the Black Hills, as is hiking, mountain biking and wildlife watching.
Because of their size and stream flow most trout streams in the Black Hills are easily waded.
Hans Stephenson and a brilliantly-colored 25-inch brown trout he caught and released while fly-fishing in the Black Hills Tuesday afternoon.
The brown trees in the background show where pine beetles have destroyed trees in the Black Hills.
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