Well, that was one heck of a fun little adventure.
First, thanks for the replies/messages, very helpful.
Get to the cabin and decide I better take a quick peek at some options. I wanted to check out Benson Creek, Knuteson Creek, and Yarnell Creek, so I had a little trip planned out. This route showed Benson being the most optimal place to start, however I do know of a spot that is relatively easy to access so that was my fallback.
The road that crosses Benson was accurate (Summit Lk Rd). It sure does. about 150 feet above it! haha, which I traveled down, and was able to get back out, though that was a challenge in itself. Benson in that area is muck bottom, with a layer of silt about 2-3 feet deep that you'd sink into, so as I was alone, and like living, I did not continue to try. Once I sank in the first hole, I actually said out loud to myself that it was a bad idea and I should try somewhere else.
So, knowing that we were all going to the angry minnow for dinner relatively soon (man that IPA is excellent) I decided to take the easy route, park by the spot I drive over all the time, and see where that leads.
After one little bend I saw a gravel beach that was surrounded by deep pockets, a pool just upstream, and one hole downstream... some trees on the rt and some grass on the lt. How perfect, what a great spot to learn how to cast in a creek!
My first cast the line hit the water about 40 feet from me, landed relatively close to my target, and that was satisfying enough. But, before I could take my lt had up to grab the line something hit the fly took it down, and i set the hook. Pretty big chub. What a feeling that was!
Sunday I tried Benson again, but this time the side between the wildlife area and Big Chetac. Gonna have to go back there with a buddy or something, because It's thick down there. Tough to access, but looks interesting enough to try out. So anyway, went back to the fallback spot, went dowstream of where I was on saturday, and found a really big pool, where I found some chubs, sunnies, bluegills, and largemouth bass. I also walked the creek further upstream than I had, found a really stinky beaver dam, more chubs, and a small spring that was trickling into a little pool.
The goal for the weekend was to learn how to approach a stream, read one, and cast into one without snagging. Also to practice being stealthy in the approach, and different casting techniques... cathcing fish was not expected, as I've been casting a fly rod for... ohhh... counting today it's been 9 days.
the last casts I did were towards the rocky section of the creek where I enter/exit the water, the exercise here being "See that rock, cast to where the trout would be maybe" so I did this... and managed to catch more chubs. haha. It was great.
I think I'll be heading back up this weekend, gonna try the woodsy area, then somewhere I haven't thought of yet... I would love to find some trout but I bet this will be a challenge with a week straight of 90 degree weather....