Iíve only been at this steelhead thing since September of this year and Iím inclined to agree with Salmo g. Not that Steelhead are overrated, rather the fight isnít always there. Iíve hooked and landed several fish this year on the Deschutes, Grande Ronde, and the John Day since I started swinging flies and Iíve lost even more. I have yet to get into what I would consider a ďhotĒ fish. Most tug pretty good and some have pulled 10-20 yards of backing, but nothing that surprised me. I donít doubt that will change and am looking forward to a true ďhotĒ fish. Still, that initial tug is fantastic and just the idea of hooking steelhead will keep me coming back.
Someday you'll be lucky enough to hook one a day's swim from the salt and get a chance to rewind a lot more backing onto your reel than you're comfortable with.
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