Fly fishing on a southeastern Minnesota stream was not where Christie Atwell thought she would be in her fishing life in 2022. She grew up in LaCrosse, Wis., in an outdoorsy family and walleye were king. That changed when she moved to Rochester in 1996 with her husband, Dr. Tom Atwell, who fished with a fly rod.
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