The first day we got there, all the water was raging. You could see where the holes should be but the slower steelhead friendly water was non existent. We did luck into a few that day somehow but decided we better give the river a few more days to settle down and get out in the bay instead.
The second day we got out, I think the river was in the 700+ level somewhere. Something like twice the day's historical record! Dave said it would be a challenge still as the fish would be scattered. We actually did see fish cruising around the bottom and I began to believe all those fantastic stories could be true. The potential was obvious. We got into double digits that day and only one of those fish was a dark one (you see the dark fall fish everywhere).
The third day was still in the 500+ cfs zone which is double the normal flow but the fishing was great! All the bright fish were laying in the faster water which is where we concentrated. We did notice an obscene amount of fly anglers targeting shallow flat areas, clearly fishing over the spawning beds where dark fish were numerous. I think it really paid off to keep moving and looking for new players. I'm not sure how you could'nt keep some sort of a planned schedule as the drift is 14 miles long. You saw lots of campsites along the river and all I could think about was freezing nightime temperatures and hungry fresh out of hibernation brown bears. No thanks!
Another double digit day was had and it was time to leave just in time to get spoiled! I can't even imagine what it would have been like in normal flows.
Thanks again to Rick, Pete, Eddie, Cody and the crew at GBL! Special thanks again to Dave Vedder for perservering through my sick state!
PS- The Redington boots worked great Rick!