But for my money, I’ll take a little blue line that’s not too far from the casa. It’s overlooked in favor of other waters in the area that promise easy trekking and clear backcasts. But, I’d rather boulder scramble and never see another person all day then to have easy access and the possibility of a full parking lot.
Getting there takes you through iconic red rock country.
Long dirt roads eventually give you enough elevation for cool temps and the sweet smell of alpine forests. If you’re willing to hike, you might even find the hidden canyons that hold trout.
The fish aren’t big and I typically bring my 1wt. I’ve seen shadows that give me pause and remind me that there’s always the promise a small water leviathan. But, I’m good with what I do find.
It won’t be long before snow and regulations put the water to rest for the season. Until then, I’ll try to return as much as possible.