A question that was brought up amongst my friends... I noticed that particularly in WFF and various other fly fishing forums, there is great emphasis on the history and lore of steelhead fishing. It is almost as if an entire culture has formed around steelheading. Similarly, we see this for Atlantic Salmon in other regions around the world. I've met some dedicated steelhead fisherman who choose not to fish for anything else but only fish to swing flies for steelhead. My question is...here in the PNW, our options are very much open to us...including various pacific salmon species. So why is there such an emphasis on steelhead but often not on salmon? They make similar journeys and are beautiful fish in many ways. So for you dedicated steelhead fishermen/women... why steelhead?