Hello all. Been lurking a bit here some. I moved to Whidbey Is. seven years ago and have fished Pass, NF Snoqualmie and the Samish. Not a lake guy, so Pass wasn't a joy. Lot's of kicking and not much catching. The NF Sno was beautiful. But too many dinks and not much chance of a surprise if you get my meaning. The upper Samish felt like familiar water. But I found no trout. I did spot a pod of hatchery kings doing their thing. All I had was the 4wt. Lami F904-3 rod that I made. It would've been like shooting at elephants with a bb gun!?! Other than that I get out on odd years for some pinks in the salt. I'm just now looking into some close local waters. I'm considering the SF Sky, the NF Tolt and Cherry creek beaver ponds. These probably seem like obvious choices to some. There are more anglers here than where I came from so there's not much chance of finding a great secret spot. Now... Where I came from... I lived in San Jose California. I would make the occasional trip to Putah creek or the upper Sac. But most of my time was spent scouting local creeks that were often adjacent to cities. My favorite was a small creek that flowed out of the Santa Cruz mountains and through San Jose. There was about three miles of nicely shaded, tail water in a riparian area at the edge of the city. Twelve minutes from my house. I never saw another angler on this water. You could hop over it in most places. Small stream. Fish were seven to ten inches on average. BUT... There was often the chance for a surprise!!! I caught several fish between ten and twelve inches on that stream. And I tell people that the grandest trout I ever caught was thirteen inches long! That's not the largest trout. But the grandest. Because I caught it on that creek. Where it was about as out of place as a nine foot tall person walking through a mall. Anyway... I love small streams, and I don' need BIG fish. I may be spoiled by the good thing I had, but I'd love to find a place that didn't have such hard ceiling on the small size of these barren stream fish around here. Preferably a place I could get to in a couple of hours (from Whidbey). Re learning the game in a new place is frustrating, but I'm starting to get excited about it again.