I knew these fish would either be in deeper holes or faster tailout water with these conditions. I caught a couple in the first two hours and then noticed the bug activity began to pick up. This little guy landed near me and I knew conditions were about to change.
At first I noticed a few BWO's in the air, but as I progressed up stream, they became more prevalent. As I looked ahead to a very nice tailout with a decent flow, I noticed a few ripples. I tied on a size 20 BWO and approached the rising McClouds. I actually could have gone with a bigger BWO but after digging through my flies, this was going to have to work. There were at least 10 actively feeding fish or it seemed from the constant attack of the hatching BWO's. I knew that I would need a long cast and a stealthy approach or these fish would go down immediately. It did appear that most of the fish were on the smaller side but my second cast proved this wrong as this nice chunky fish rose and inhaled my dry fly. Even with the poor conditions, this guy was in great shape!
I caught a few more rising trout but after casting to the same general area and catching 5-6 more, the feeding stopped as I had put the trout down. I took a seat on the bank, ate lunch and enjoyed the sun on my back.
After a few minutes the trout began to pick off the BWO's again. The air was full of bugs immediately over the faster water where the hatch was the heaviest. There were 2-3 trout rising at all times including a few in the 13-14 inch range. I had caught one nice one so I watched for a while longer, slipped up the bank, and left the fish to finish their meal uninterrupted.
The smallest trout of the day showed why these wild McClouds grow up to be so pretty.