I was near Dillion Mt - and in the distance one can see a hill (mountain?) side opened up for a mine. It revealed a roadside made of quartz and other wonders. Traveling further on I found twisted ancient deposits and garnets for which the Ruby Mountians are named. Amazing.
After a day with a guide, I figured out how to rig a dropper nymph - one so small there is no way I would think it would work -just a shiny wire with a small bead head - and caught a number of big trout in a pool. So exciting to see the flash of a trout taking the hook underwater!
I realized I was not in Washington anymore - needed to make big changes in tactics!
I also got the satisfaction of the smug response when this happened after I had crossed paths with a man who said he'd caught nothing up there.
I first started fly fishing in NY state sometime around 1985 ... mostly I fish in the Snoqualmie Forks -- very small trout but very fun to catch and release. I'm pretty much a home river person - that being said I've had a few fishing adventures. Currently I'm trying some new places on both sides of the Cascades.