After spending all morning hiking, climbing the side of a waterfall, handling a 40 level decline in temperature, as well as having a run in with a couple elk, we finally reached the lake. It was a traditional high altitude lake embeded between towering rims. It was deep blue and also water around the shallows and clean adequate to drink.
After a while I realized that a key component was missing from this experience: the secret, the possibly this cast, the perhaps during that location, the obstacle. Part of exactly what attracts me to fly fishing is obstacle. If it's too simple, after that it's not fun. I intend to have to attempt as well as catch them, attempt and view if I could figure out exactly what they are after.