Like Kerry says a first timer can catch fish. A friend and I took a guy visiting from Vermont steelheading on a coastal stream early in the winter season. He caught five. Seems like my friend and I only got one or two. The guy was just out of college and about 90-percent fly fishing bum. He figured this steelhead thing was cake, so he moved out here. He fished for something like another year and didn't catch another fish. Ended up moving to Montana and guiding for one of the big shops to support his habit. He's visited a few times since and he did eventually catch another. But the point is that on that first day he had a couple of guys with him who halfway knew what we were doing and knew the rivers. A second point is that steelheading is fickle and sometimes it's a lot about luck and/or kissing up to the stealhead gods in the hope of winning favor.