First,I don't wish to offend anyone with this thread. I know their are fishermen that are very adept to this type of fishing. Here is my beef. I like to think of myself as a good fisherman. I can catch my share of walleyes,pounds of perch,and catfish and crappies until my hearts content. Steelhead is a whole bunch the opposite. My first problem is I don't like to fish elbow to elbow with other gentlemen. I have no problem sharing a fishing hole. I think I respect someones fishing space more than most people. Tangled lines, eight pairs of waders in the water sloshing around, and eight differant bait selections all in a space you couldn't park a truck is somewhat of a joke. I try to stay away from the "community" holes due to those reasons. I have scouted the river. I have went on numerous hikes and found some nice spots that few people go to. I understand that my I dea of a good hole and the fishes idea is not always the same, so I try several. I use an assortment of differant baits( spawn sacs,jig-maggot,minnows) Fly fishing is the only method I have not used. So, after several trips fishing and hours on the river I have one fish to brag about. That's right- one. I know I'm not your typical fisherman. I should say I have had tweny or so ten pounders. I have came to the assumption that this is not much of a fish to target for a past-time. I have read posts that people have taken years to figure out these fish,and the rivers they are in. When the papers and baitshops say the steelhead are biting good. I now take that with a grain of salt. Many times after one of my several lousy outings, I will drive to other spots where the people are all herded up on the holes. I rarely see any fish caught. I am talking about driving to four or five holes with numerous anglers. Where are all the fish? I see the fly-boys dressed to the nine's, not a one. The bobber-boys, just bobbing. And the lure casters, just sore arms. I am not discounting any of the fish you have caught. I do believe that angler's do come away with good numbers of catches. And some real trophies. All I am saying is for the average angler,I think were the one's with the hook in our mouths. Snagged by the excitement of an easy steelhead run. I have found it couldn't be anything further from the truth. It's so overrated that I will be out again next weekend,cursing at my fishing holes.