Good description Dan, yes it is much more complex than river fishing. Although the rewards can be great. Today I got skunked not a touch, thanks to the blue bird autumn weather we got today in western michigan. Oh well lots of spey casting practice was obtained on a beautiful autumn michigan beach and river.
There were a few fish around but the sun really put them down. on way back I stopped at a Indiana creek, and it was full of salmon and steelhead, was ready to go buy an indiana license. Pool had about ten chrome kings and steelies.
Oh well the fish will be in the rivers now until next May, I will be back and get my share for sure.