I took a guided trip last week on the Yakima river through one of the well established guide services. I had a great time landing four fish on dry skwalas, and had several more nymphing including my first white fish. I had a really good sized fish take my skwala and then roll into my line setting himself free. It would have been picture worthy...but so it goes. I learned a lot fishing that day. Number one was that I wasn't a very accurate caster. I have more of a 3/4 cast that is somewheres between sidearm and not sidearm, which is fine in lakes, but not when your drifting trying to place a fly right behind a rock, tight to the shore, with an overhanging tree quickly approaching. Second thing I learned was to mend, mend,mend, mend,mend, mend,mend, mend...and then to mend some more to get a good drift. The third thing that the trip exposed was that I've been a pretty whimpy hook setter. I only landed about 25% of the fish that actually had risen to take my fly. What a day. I got quite frustrated at times, and I could tell the guide was frustrated at my lack of ability at times. By the end of the day though I had made some huge steps in reading water and improving my casting. I can't wait to get back out there again soon. Thanks to the Evening Hatch for the tutorial and the fishing!