Took off last weekend to the Umtanum campground for a cast and blast weekend. Put on the goat legs and covered some serious ground around the ridges with my "flushing" dog in tow. Will say that the Umtanum area gets a lot of pressure. There was a bloom of orange vests on Sunday. Fortunately young legs got me outside the typical stomping radius. Jumped a few quail and chukar. Most flushed early. Only one chukar knocked from the sky. Dog felt more interested in finding and chasing rabbits, so I rewarded him with taking a few of those out of the population density too. All the hiking and hunting prevented hardly a cast on the river although flows and clarity looked very good from the shore. Did cast a few streamers near the bridge for just a few minutes before the sun dipped below the hills. No action, but I played around with some cool new casting techniques with big streamers. Always nice to get outdoors. Oh, and two Fish and Game officers came into camp early Sunday. I have a feeling someone called me in and reported me because they drove straight to my camp without hesitation and at first seemed like they were looking for something wrong. No dice. They quickly realized I was a law abiding citizen enjoying the freedoms of a great nation (guns out being cleaned with some campfire coffee in my hand). I'm glad to see them out patrolling and approaching people. They did proceed to write a few tickets while in the parking lot. I respect what they do.