Steelheader hit the nail on the head...
The food sources in the Great Lakes and tribs are different than the PNW. Yes, we can learn a lot from our PNW brethern, but for a learning procedure, if you are a GL fisherman, do as the successful fishermen do in the specific area...... it works. That's the BEST advice I can give.
Also, stream conditions are smaller, shallower streams.
Don't fight it, guys - do what catches fish.