I'm a big fan of double-bead stonefly patterns. They get in the zone quicker and fish seem to like the hefty snack floating by! My go-to steelhead pattern is a double-bead stonefly with added rubber legs and sometimes a few wraps of estaz at the head of the fly.
Looks like a great trip fishing too! Pretty brown you have there. I really do like pocket water but don't see too much of it at home.
Working out a way to convince my university to allow me to hold my TA office hours on the nearby creek...