Well, I finally made a comittment to catch a steelhead and on my third trip of the year and first trip to the Kalama I scored. I had hooked one three years earlier which tore me apart on trout tackle on the Sky and then got off. Since then, strangely considering that I hooked a steelhead on my first day, almost my first cast, I have neglected steelhead and focused on trout. Around 2:30 on Thursday, at the end of my swing, with the fly hanging in a current seam, I felt a bump which seemed significantly larger than the smolt strikes I had been having all day. I set the hook and my rod stopped, then started bucking as a fish cartwheeled at the surface, showing a flash of silver. After a spirited, but not explosive fight, which took me about a hundred feet downstream, I landed the hatchery fish, which I estimated at around 7 or 8 pounds. I was exhilarated- this fish more than made up for the behemoth trout I had lost at Rocky Ford a few days earlier. It almost made up for the steelhead that ripped me and left me shaking to the point where I could not tie on a new fly on the Skykomish.... Ah, but that had been a wild fish and I wished this one could have been also. But I am not about to start getting greedy. It was a lot of fun and I plan on doing a lot more steelheading in the future. Interestingly, this fish had a green tag right behind the dorsal fin. If I was supposed to keep this fish or something, I apologize. I am sure that many on this site have insight into this matter. I probably should have kept it, considering it was a hatchery fish, but it was the first one and maybe it would have brought me bad luck. :hmmm: I have attached pictures. Sorry, they are not the greatest since I was alone and did not want to kill the fish by beaching it on the rocks.