Hey all! Novice fly fisher who is looking to get some feedback from those who are much smarter (and therefore better looking, right?) when it comes to the subject! I've recently been introduced to and hooked on (no pun intended) to fly fishing over the last two Summers by a friend. I spend a few weeks each year camping up in NE Oregon where we have have been mostly fishing small rivers and lakes for Rainbow and Brook trout. However, since that is mainly done between the May-August timeframe, I am interested in making this more than seasonal hobby. That said, since I live in the Seattle area, the thought of Steelhead fishing has my undivided attention. I'm looking for some general feedback on the best ways to break into Steelhead fishing and I had a few things in mind: 1. If we are interested in wading, are there any particular rivers that would be ideal in Winter, Summer, or even year round? 2. If my friend absolutely despises fishing in a crowd, is it better to look towards the Olympic Peninsula or will it be about the same as the rest of the Greater Seattle area? 3. One hand vs spey rod for a beginner? Does it even matter? 4. Anything else worth considering?! I have a local fly shop a few miles from my house that I've been kicking the idea around with, but I've always got a bit of hesitation when someone has something to sell you to go along with their advice, so I figured this would be a great place to start. Thanks!