I can't explain all for now typing from my motel room but on this not-fish-oriented trip, I was persistent, patient, and positive to end the day.
I don't go details since this post is meant for the trip not as a fishing report. Long story short, at the very end of the day and my effort, I finally felt a big hook!!!!
What fly is that? I will go more details once I get home.
It was a beautiful and powerful 19-inch rainbow (hen I guess).
One of the best rainbow in XXXXXXX River. Grip & grin as the Sun set in the back.
I made it through this uncertain trip. Some fishing and many other things. All accomplished which sounds pretty rare. Usually it's one way or another and one done and another failed.