Originally Posted by flyfisherz
I don't know if John Hazel is really famous for fishing steelhead but his casting in the video was pretty dang good, so I'm not really doubting that his advice is correct, just wondering why and if this also applies to fishing for brookies/browns/bows.
John and his wife Amy are very well known in the spey / steelhead community here in the PNW and besides their videos they own / operate a fly shop and guide service on the Deschutes. They are very accomplished and also very nice people. I have been fortunate enough to have two very good mentors for my own steelhead fishing here on the Clearwater / Snake / Ronde and they both stressed to me to never try and set the hook on a steelhead. I've watched both of them land dozens of fish so took their advice to heart and have never had much trouble landing my own fish. We never use nymphs though, just swinging, and the strategy may be different for those who nymph.