Moving to Las Vegas this past July has made me appreciate even more the fly fishing opportunities available to us in Washington state and the Pacific Northwest regardless where we live. Here in the desert such opportunities require a longer drive to access if you are targeting trout in stillwater, which is what I did in recent trips to Panguitich lake and the Boulder mountains in Utah and the Eastern Sierras in California. It was my first time fishing in both areas, but likely not the last. Strong winds throughout my trip to Utah made fishing difficult, but the weather in California was more conducive to fishing out of my pram.. All told I fished 2 small lakes in the Boulder mountains, Panguitich and Crowley lakes.. along with some time on Hot creek. Didn't catch as many as I hoped (at least not the larger fish.. lots of smaller fish up to 12" were caught), but caught some really nice fish. Other than Hot creek and a minor emergence of chironomids at Crowley the best bite was on balance leeches, minnows, bloodworms and blobs under an indicator in less than 10ft of water. Anchored along the river channel at the north end of Crowley in 6ft of water some really nice rainbows up to 24 inches were caught on bloodworms and minnow patterns imitating the perch fry readily abundant in the lake.. here are a few photos from the trip..