Re: Winter Steelhead
I have to give you credit for sticking it out and still trying for your first Steelhead. You should be proud that you have not given up. I know you got a new rod and reel and have all of that worked out. I think the big fly tip is good.
Since you can see the fish you need to make sure that your fly is getting down to their depth. If the water is real shallow they are even more alert to what is going on around them. Try and find fish in wanter that is two or three feet deep at least. You need to be sneaky because if you can see them more than likely they can see you if you are not careful. Are you using Polaroid glasses? They will make the fish easier to see so you can observe what they are doing. You need to get the fly right on their nose. You may have to use a weighted fly. Make sure that you are not lining the fish. Get into a position so the fly swings right past their nose. If you are finding lots of fish then pick one and practice your drift. Don't worry if it doesn't bite. Just keep trying to get you fly to the fish. Once you have things work out as to your angle to the fish and your fly is deep enough and is hitting them on the nose. Now move to another hole and try on fresh fish. Try to get it right on your first cast.
I know you have hooked up with one big fish and hopefully you will land the next one. The important thing is to be calm and be very observant of everything you are doing. After your next hook up, hopefully you land it, sit down and think about what you did to get your hook up. If you lose the fish remember what you did wrong. In some instances you don't do anything wrong and the fish just gets loose.