Bruce Fennell, Jim Dow and I went to DC02. At the bridge we talked to a quadder who was camped downstream. He was unaware of which species of "trout' were in the stream, and the regs so I enlightened him. Jim Dow told him the rules about driving quads on streambeds, and assured him that the conservation officers patrolled this area frequently.
After a short hike upstream we started fishing at a nice pool. Jim had hits on his first casts, so it looked like a promising day. Bruce was also getting hits, but it looked like these were little ones that couldn't get their mouths around their flies.
It was another 1 1/2 hours of hard fishing and a lunch break before we actually caught anything. This was an 11 cm grayling that I caught on my tenkara rod, my first this way of fishing.
Then we fished upstream for another 3 hours with nothing coming to the flies. We found a beautiful, deep pool that we covered with casts. Nothing.
We crossed Dismal above the pool and looked upstream. It was about 3:30 then, and Jim sat us down on an ant covered log for a conference. The pool below us was the best we had seen, and Jim thought we should keep fishing there. Two things became apparent to us. Ants were crawling up our waders, so we got off the log. And we saw a grayling rise twice in the pool.
After Jim and Bruce tried drifting flies from upstream over the dropoff without any interest from the grayling, Jim spotted a predacious beetle in the slack water next to shore. Bruce took a bunch of photos of the beetle on Jim's reel, and the stick Jim was using to pose the beetle.
Then we crossed the stream and tried the pool from the corner point. I hadn't tried my tenkara from above because I didn't have enough line to reach the dropoff. So it was my turn. I had been using small imitative flies (Griffith's gnat, CDC BWO, beadhead PT) so I decided to switch to a large sakasa kebari fly tied with peacock quill and partridge hackle. On my third cast I had a strike and landed a 35 cm grayling. But in the confusion over trying to get a measurement we lost the grayling and were unable to tag it.
Jim and Bruce rigged up heavier nymphs and indicators. Jim caught a 38 cm rocky mountain whitefish. Then as I was demonstrating indicator fishing to Bruce with his rod, I caught a 33 cm whitefish. Bruce hooked a 30? cm whitefish which "ralphed" off when he got it close to shore.
After that we fished downstream through all the nicer pools, but nothing was caught. The one nice pool we found was 8-10 ft deep, and looked like it would be an over-wintering pool. (Very similar to the nice pool on the Freeman where Dennis got stuck in the mud.)
We fished for 6 hours, got our water sample, landed 2 grayling and 2 whites. Water temp 10 degrees C when we started, 14 degrees when we finished.
I am looking forward to hearing other reports.