I toss a dicknite or a Wells Spoon with a bait caster when ever I want coho for dinner. I use a basic drift setup, swivel with about 8 to 10 inches of leader to weight and another length of leader about 30 inches to spoon. Cast and swing just like a fly. Use lighter line to the sinker so you can break it off when it hangs. Works very well if you know where to fish it. It is more fun with a spey rod but the bait caster is a more effecient means of fishing if meat is what you are after.
you asked for it, dont complain! ya got a long river to fish, and ya pick a spot where all the gearheads congregate, amazed ya didnt get shot, yelled at or rocks thrown at ya, sounds like a lucky day, i wouldnt be mad.
The dick nite is so light it's even difficult to cast with a spinning reel. Maybe try some flash flies. I think they look "spoon like" in the water. If I was to spoon fish I would do it with a more conventional set up - one that is geared up for spoons. I have a 6' G Loomis bass rod that kills it with spinners or spoons - I fished the shit out of it not too long ago but usually stick with the fly rod now. I've been known to chuck the gear - especially in winter when the water is up and colored
Bass_t, i have been fishing the reiter area since 1975. have had my encounters there over the years. one was my fault. that aside. if i bring my bug rod or drift rod for that matter i go expecting to fish around those types of folks. no worries. i have caught my share of steelhead from that area.
for bug rod water i like the run just below the cable hole on down almost to proctor ( which is a great hole on the hatchery side, long walk though). and dont forget the water upstream of the ponds all the way to index. try your trout tactics upstream. just use a bigger bug and maybe an indicator if that suits you.
hint : the farther you get from the ponds upstream the better your chances of picking up a fish on the floater/skating fly.
just my 2 cents.