I cleaned up my fishing spreadsheet/log today and adjusted a couple times back in 2009 where I was fishing for Salmon and had marked the sheet as steelhead. As a result, I see that today marks the 4 year anniversary of my first attempt at fishing for steelhead. I've learned a lot in that time, spent many mornings on the river in the winter, fished with flies, lures and bait. I've swung flies with single hand and spey rod, nymphed, lobbed spoons and various other contraptions, drug various kinds of bait through fishy-looking runs, and all sorts of other approaches. At first my approach was pretty random- just trying whatever. Then it moved to concentrated efforts- do the same thing every time no matter what. Now it's much more about trying to match the method to the water and location. Many a morning was spent walking and wading, exploring river banks and sandbars. Many an evening was spent watching flow level reports, weather predictions and pouring over satellite maps searching for "secret spots". Articles, both in print and electronically published have been consumed, and many videos have been studied- some to learn techniques, and some to try and figure out where they were filmed. I've seen many steelhead caught in person, sometimes within a few feet from where I was fishing. I'd say that I've spent countless hours on the river, but that's not true. I've spent 220 hours on the river specifically targetting steelhead. It still remains my "white whale" though- not a one have I managed to catch and land... yet.