We often fixate on what we have done wrong or should have done because of the sometimes vast amount of time between encounters with steelhead. Even with more years experience I think we all still do it. I do it all the time and still do not learn from the lessons I go over year after year. Sharpen hooks, tie a new knot, less mending, more mending, more pressure on the fish, less pressure on the fish, etc. You have to look at each experience as a learning lesson. Remember you were doing a lot of things right that got you with that brief hookup. The experience of bringing it all together is the fun part. Three days on the Hoh, awesome! Take Chromeseeker's words lightly, he drives many miles for skunks too !