Re: Winter Steelhead
Not sure of where you are in the Great lakes region, I hail from West MI. At this point most of our rivers are way too high to wade & I have not taken my Hyde out either. Most times, but not all, they are just sitting
in deep pockets & are not motivated yet. If you can I have a suggestion
for you : Get, or tie some BIG flies. If you have a rod that will handle them try casting BIG flies. When something of size comes into their territory steelhead many times view this as an intrusion on their turf. I have been tying for years & the more I read the more I'm convinced this works. Many of my steelhead/salmon flies are in that BIG category. Just hold on. Most of the strikes I've received throwing these flies are "Slammer" strikes.
( Just a FYI : I'm talking about 4-6 inch flies made with marabou, rabbit strips, flash, etc.)
Try this it may work for you, it has for me,
Tie One On