Re: About tippet for Great lake steelheads
I live in OH on steelhead alley (Chagrin River). When swinging big streamers with a sink tip, I use about 24-30" of 0x or 1x tippet. When drifting indicators with buggers/nymphs, I'll use a 1x to the first fly, and 2x to the 2nd fly.
The water clarity on the Chagrin and Grand are usually stained to the point that you don't need flourocarbon and you don't need to worry about it being too thick. You may lose out on 1 or 2 fish who see the line....but you'll land many more with heavier gear.