Well, I got my first steelhead experience on a fly yesterday, but don't get too happy for me. That rat bastard broke me off quicker than you can say "What the hell was that!". All I saw was an explosion in the water, a big flash of silver where the fish broke the water, and then it was gone. When I got my breath back, I reeled in and found that my leader had broken just below the knot where a guy in a shop had tie it. I was just devastated at seeing that because as hard a jolt as he put in my rod I figure I had it hooked solidly. So, here are the details. A friend and I went up and did a float on the Toutle (South Fork) from the bridge (not the 4100 bridge) to the concrete slabs and I can tell you that there are good fish in the river right now. As soon as we got out of the Jeep we walked over and looked into the pool just under the bridge and saw three holding there. The float from the bridge to the slabs is just at 4 miles and there are some killer runs to fish. The water is very low and gin clear right now so be patient. If you do float it be prepared to carry around several places where it is too shallow to pass a pontoon. Also, don't forget to crimp your hook. My friend got a ticket for not having his crimped enough ($80). The warden said that if you can catch your finger on the barb it isn't pinched so he gave him the citation. All in all it was a good trip though. Mike It's better to burn out than to fade away....or break your leader on you first steelhead!