A first ever redd survey was implemented on the Boardman River which is currently undergoing a multi-dam removal project. Salmonids present in the reaches surveyed are wild brown trout and brook trout. Goals were winnowed down to the point that initially proposed methods varied from what eventually occurred both in the field and during the post-survey data analysis. Primary goals and outcomes that did mesh included provision of a spatial presence/absence analysis of spawning activity, temporal analysis of spawning activity, redd location and construction techniques, and baseline redd numbers in a newly restored section of relic channel undergoing a large wood installation project. Redd construction tended to be proximal to cover be it wood, deep water, aquatic vegetation, or along stream banks. Brown trout created “textbook” redds in larger gravel while brook trout (potentially small brown trout) constructed amorphous “pots” and “smears” on finer substrates, sometimes as uncountable numbers of pockmarks on gravelly shoals and in sediment. The primary lesson learned is that redd surveys for brown and (especially) brook trout are not as simple as one might think upon reviewing the literature. Determination of what constitutes a brook trout “redd” especially was a difficult call to make in the field and constituted the primary confounding factor in determining overall spawning activity and determination of actual numbers of spawning brook trout.