Hey, I swung flies on the Hoh for the past three days from dawn until dusk. The River was fishing really well, and so was I until one of our friends abrutly interupted my day. One long solid pull. (Feeling the tug was worth the whole trip) I missed the hook set by attempting to pinch off my running line on the fabric of my fingerless gloves.:beathead::beathead: Yes, I know all you guys are going to call me an idoit for doing such a stupid thing. I would have to agree. What was I thinking? Well, my twisted thought process was that my right index finger was getting raw from stripping and casting my running line back for the prior two days. So, I thought would give my finger a break just for a couple of swings. I would serioulsy consider chopping off my right index finger in exchange to have that moment back. I was pretty shooken up about it(heart racing & hands shaking), but composed myself enought to fish effectivly down the run. I've been a Spey rodder just over a year and have practice dilligently. I'm still learning a great deal. However, I do feel confident when I'm swinging . I have only caught and landed one 30" hatchery fish on the Snoqualmie swinging a fly. Driving the four hours back home I found perspective about my mental error. I had a awesome time and learned a few new things about Steelheading swinging a fly. Let the flogging begin. PS: The Steel is Reel and so is the Hoh. T.