So, where I should be posting my "first steelhead" story, I am instead posting a question. Is regular heavy trout tippet (1X-2X) widely accepted to be too weak to handle steelhead? Background: fishing buddy and I drove out to the OP this weekend to fish a coastal river small enough that I won't name it here, since someone would probably be miffed. Around midday, we actually got him his first steelhead, which is great -- he's been obsessed for two years, while I've been strictly a trout guy. Anyway, we're further upstream toward the end of the day, and I've just changed my rig from a stone nymph of some sort to a size 8 prince. In the process, I downsized from some heavy monofilament by adding a short length of 2X tippet (10 lb). I'm standing on a log shortly thereafter, running the nymph through a narrow trough, and suddenly hook up. The fish goes straight down for a moment, then straight up to show himself just a few feet in front of me. He's big. Right about then, I think "Oh sh*t. I wish I had a steelhead rod." I was using my 6-weight trout rig. Sure enough, this big guy decides he's heading under the large log I'm standing on, just a few feet upstream. I knew that was trouble, so I clamped the line and put the wood to him as much as I could. Sadly, as I mentioned, I had brought a "knife to a gunfight". Without any effort at all, the buck bent my rod almost in half and chuckled as he ducked under the log. A few seconds later, he surfaced in a small space between that log and another one laying parallel on the other side. Right then, the line broke at the fly. Schooling complete. Again, it seems unlikely I could have landed the fish (12-14 pounds) anyway with that rod, but my buddy insisted that my big error had been using tippet material instead of heavy mono line, and that I should never use tippet for steelhead. Since I know nothing about steelheading, I just thought I would ask for some input/clarification on this issue.