The Skeena in the fall
Agree with you about using gear matched to the larger fish you may encounter.Meiser MKS 13 1/2 foot 8/9
Fly Logic FLO+ 1409-4
These two are my winter standards. But a brilliant new acquisition is insinuating itself into the lineup: a CND 13' 7" 7/8/9 BV-GT. (It's really a dead-solid eight weight.)
My preferences are a bit heavier in line weights than the average winter steelheader seems to favor. It's my response to an unsolvable paradox: when pursuing winter steelhead, there is a very slight but real chance of hooking into a colossus, a monster. Losing such a lifetime fish due to inadequate tackle is not to be endured, not if it can be avoided.
That’s good judgement by you and fair to the fish.