'Technical fishing' those guys crack me up. You know me a little, I've been around the country a bit, what I'm not sure of is whether or not I've ever done any technical fishing
By the sound of it you figured out how to get away and catch some fish. In any of the states you listed I never had any trouble finding a place where there was no one else fishing. Part of the enjoyment was exploring the new states. I especially enjoyed Colorado, probably because I stayed there a year. That was plenty of time to find some good spots.
Here in Alaska we take a trip every year, in a few days we're going again. I'm not sure where and I'm not sure why either