Tall, Well I'll bet you steak and eggs down at the corner that I know said guide quite well. He is a very good spey caster but he spends his days steering dudes down the Clearwater while they sit in the front with a single hander loaded with a Hi-D head. I know something of his tackle because he has bought heads from me in the past. I am not criticizing his methods (he is very effective) but his method in the main is not swinging flies, be they BIG fluffies or petite hairwings. He does occasionally have a dude with a spey rod but they still fish out of the boat in the same manner as described above for the most part. There is only one guide on the Clearwater not fishing from a boat and that is Tracy Allen. His boat is only used as a conveyance. All of his customers spey cast and step down while swinging hairwings or spey flies. The book you can't find is available at the Red Shed. I do know the the story of the string leech. There are lots of stories like this and I give them their due. I even have a couple myself. However, I can't believe that you would dismiss the findings of the majority of published steelhead authors based on these incidental happenings. I would not have the above any other way. You should fish what you have confidence in. If you need a boatload I'd suggest a "Dupont Spinner". It will cut through the wind and be much more effective then your BIG fluffy. As to hairwings and floating lines, I base my beliefs on my time fishing the Clearwater continually since 1971. Also on the knowledge of my many friends and customers that have been fishing the Clearwater for 20 years or more. Many of these people are well traveled. They have lots of spey tackle and are well versed on the many different applications of said tackle. These guys are very successful here. None of them are fishing the type of flies or tackle you espouse. I also know the Clearwater is not a generous mistress and my time as a fly shop owner talking with hapless anglers that have been swinging leeches and other assorted BIG stuff on sinktips in the summer and fall makes me think there is a better way. When I get them to change lines to a floating line and put on a hairwing sometimes they catch a fish. That is why I believe so strongly in my preferred method.