My first steelhead trip in the 90's was on the Karluk on Kodiak.
It was single handed outfits back then, chucking 3x heavy shots of lead crimped onto the leader, with a stopper to prevent it from sliding down. About 3' down from the stopper was tied an egg fly (or bead) then another length of line off the bend of the egg fly hook to a classic steelhead fly. It was said the fish were attracted to the egg or bead then went for the wet.
This rig was cast out and swung, sometimes the fish hit the egg, and sometimes the classic wet. I had lots of luck on a Winter's Hope and a Deep Purple Spey. Curiously even back then, I double speyed the rig to get it out and back out into position to haul out again (as you would with a Teeny head).
There were char about too, and one of the guides killed them with just the lead shot, leader to bead (painted with nail varnish) pegged to the line, and an inch or two to the hook.