Around noon or so the BWOs got active for a couple hours and we had a few takes on the surface. I even saw a few big surfaces in the deep stuff but not much fishable action came out of it. Just a few random splashes. One particular tailout hosted a gathering of about 100 adult BWO duns in a 20x20 area that went unharassed for the 20 minutes that we were there for. Deeper in the water column remains the focus of the fishes feeding.
The day was winding down and the wind was picking up around 3 so Brandon headed out (but not before I stepped on his rod tip and secured myself a shipping and handling bill). I decided to stick around and swing a big heavy dead drift craw through the tailout that had been producing for us and it paid off almost immediately. Second or third cast I hooked up but failed to bring it all the way in. I could tell from the flash and fight it wasn't anything special but it was a nice heavy hit. I worked the length of that tailout from top to bottom one more time over the next 30 minutes and ended the day with the nice 18" rainbow pictured at bottom. On the streamer bite, they all came at the end of the swing after a few short strips and the takes were nice and heavy.
- Right now fishing is good all day from after the sun hits the water til it leaves, with the best activity around 11 - 1 or so.
- Fish slow deep tailouts and focus on the section where the riffle is almost gone but still moves a little faster than the water on either side of it. That outside seam was where almost every hit came from.
- Get to the bottom, whether your soaking nymphs or swinging streamers. I suspect that the seams we had good luck in where probably that way because those were the ones that were the easiest to get deep enough on. The inside seam likely held fish too but we had a tougher time getting down and giving a proper presentation casting over the multiple currents (When I say inside / outside seams, I'm speaking from the perspective of standing in the middle of the river. Bank-side seam would be the outside seam)
- Nymphs that worked for us were size 16-18 midge patterns and the typical Truckee River standards like your pheasant tails and hair's ears and some other newer BWO nymph / emerger patterns. Streamers - only threw the dead drift craw in size 2, brown / olive but white or black buggers have produced in years past and I suspect this year would be no different.
This is an obscured, out-of-focus picture (solo operating the camera and keeping the fish happy was a chore) but is shows a nice fat belly on a healthy fish.