I was able to tow the "tin tipi' over to the east side for a few days last week in search of grouse, quail, and trout. First stop was in the Winthrop area for a couple days and covered a lot of wooded ground without seeing any birds. I hit Big Twin for a few hours but only had one fish to hand so I headed farther east to try my luck. Hunted some great looking area but still no birds to be found so I decided to go down into the valley and hit Aneas to see if I could find some pigs. Got there in the early evening, set up the trailer and figured I'd hit the lake for little bit. Fished some of the spots that had produced fish in the past but didn't even get a hit. I think the turtles have taken over that lake. The wind picked up and it had been dark for about an hour so I headed back to the launch area. I had the rod in the holder with my big black sculpin on it as I rowed back into the wind. The rod went down a couple times but I wasn't able to get a hook up. About 20 yds from the ramp I stow the oars and start to kick in and wham, fish on. It fought well and I thought it would be bigger as it only measured 17 inches. So, the plan was to hit the lake early the next morning if the wind had stopped. Woke up early and was glad to see nice calm water. Hit the lake and fished in front of the ramp for a while picking up a couple about the same size as the night before then headed across to the other end in search of larger fish. After an hour and a half of nothing, the wind started blowing hard so I headed back in to assess my next move. To add insult to injury, as I drive up to the trailer, there is a covey of at least 30 quail pecking in the gravel right where I was camped. I could have thrown a rock at the darn things and hit them. From there I headed south in search of a little FF only, catch & release lake I had found on the map called Rat Lake. I hunted a wildlife area for quail for a little while the next morning and then headed to the lake. It is a nice little isolated piece of water and I had it all to myself. Caught several fish right away by the launch but all were in the 8"-10" range, so I switched over to my "blonde bunny" in size 4. Had lots of strikes but when I did hook up the fish were better size, going 15" to 17". The lake had lots of signs of poaching along the shore. It would be almost impossible to fly fish with the brush and steep rock shore line, but there were tackle wrappers, trash and such in several little openings. My suspicions were confirmed when I pulled in a nice rainbow that had a bait hook in it's jaw with a short piece of heavy line and two large split shot attached. I removed the gear and took a picture. You can see the red spot in the lower jaw where the poor guy had been dragging that thing around. Ended up netting around 15 fish so it was the highlight of the trip except for the poor fish with the gear snag. Headed home on Sunday just as the weather started to turn to rain. All in all a nice outing. Although I didn't get any birds I hunted (hiked) some beautiful areas in the Okanogan and caught some nice fish. It was a much needed get away after a long year with a lot of BS and not enough fishing.