I took today off (its my birthday!) and headed up to the north fork of the Stilly for a little fishin'. I kicked off my day fishing at the "Elbow Hole" (I use quotes as the river is not the same as it was before the Deer Creek Slide when the Elbow Hole was named). I fished through the pool with a Purple Peril on a dry line to no avail. Just yesterday, I was talking to a buddy that just caught an obscene number of fish in the Sky on Saturday (like 2 steelies, and 6 bull trout) and he suggested that after fishing a deep pool or run for steelies, I ought to take a pass with a sinking line and a bead head bugger for bulls. So I did. And on my first cast with this rig I hooked up. About a 10 minute grunting fight later I landed a beautiful 25" native hen steelie! I took a picture and let her take off. So after 2 years of trying to catch a steelie on the fly, I succeed. And it was in 1975 when I took my first steelie on the fly in the original Elbow Hole. Not a bad way to spend my birthday. I think I need to make this an annual event. Rob --------- Genetic pollution damages wild stocks, bonk those Hatchery Zombies!