After opening day, I can finally indulge on the wild fish of my favorite stream. X Creek has a beauty so far unmatched by any other trout stream in the near vicinity. I was lucky and hooked several fantastic browns on my monofil nymph pattern. As I traveled back downstream, I was lucky to observe a barred owl close enough to get pictures. I was overwhelmed by its stare. I have never once seen such an inquisitive bird.