The first change we noticed was a spot that we called the "Stump Hole". It was now the "Stumpless Hole"; while the next riffle down became the "Stump Riffle". Kind of a bummer, but you have to roll with changes, and somewhere is probably better now. We did not get anything probing in either of those two spots, but with steelhead fishing, you just increase your odds with the more pieces of water that you decide to fish.
We were fishing some spots with two handed rods and Skagit heads, and other spots we fished with Thingamabobbers and egg patterns. The river was at the highest levels for what I would want to fish it at, but it looked very promising, and we had high confidence between swinging and nymphing.
We fished a variety of spots and nothing was panning out. Just the 1000 casts that these fish are know for and that was about it so far. My friend Brian was fishing a spot and suddenly a fish flashed through the water. We both noticed the chrome bumper under the water, but very close to his fishing position. He carefully presented the fly to the nearby fish and suddenly he was shouting fish on!
A nice battle and the fish was in. We were stoked for this chromer, and the day's effort was well worth it now. Another fine fish and another fine day out on the river!