Originally Posted by enolaeagle
First off, I've always wondered if these areas are all around better...
They can be if the regs mean they are being managed well. They can also be the spots everyone goes to because they are well known. So even if there are a lot of fish they might be spooky or better 'educated' having seen so many flies and been caught and released so often or it might just be that it is hard to find a nice place to fish without bumping into other people. It can be good to explore. Either explore some completely different place or see if you can get in the water a bit above or below the fly only areas. Look for another access point or walk further than most people walk. I think a lot of folks stay pretty close to the parking lots and a surprisingly short hike can yield solitude and less pressured fish.