Congrats on your new setup and your day on the Caney to christen it.
Sounds like you are hopelessly addicted! Definitely do not overlook those slow deep pools. My personal best (21" brown) came out of that first deep pool below the sandbar, just before the bluffs. He hit a #18 grey thread midge that was dropped about 3' below a yarn indicator... so you never know.
So how was that casting class with Grumpy
Again, congrats all the way around!! Happy Birthday and thanks for the report!