There is just something about landing a fish like this:
In a river like this:
That does it for me. I am not into targeting them in the skinny water on their spawning grounds myself. I like targeting them on a big river swinging flies to them. Granted I will nymph for them from time to time but given the choice I will swing for em. There is just something about feeling the take that works for me.As far as the fight goes well it isn't like any trout. Fighting a steelhead vs. a big rainbow (I have done both) is not even close to the same thing.
It is either something you are into or not. I mean seriously standing in a cold river all day sometimes while it is raining/snowing. Hoping that you may get a take. This type of fishing isn't for everybody
Now I have never fished for Lake Run rainbows so I can't speak to that experience.