7:00AM on the Sky, ice on my eyelets. After 3 casts on my 8 WT, a steelhead takes off for Ben Howard. 10 minutes later, coming to the end of my backing, I start to panic. The terrain prevents me from chasing the fish, so it was time to get inventive. I breakout my backup reel (7wt) and tie the end of the line to the seat of the reel Im fighing with. Here goes nothing! I drop the eight in , and fight another 5 minutes, finally tiring the fish. I reel back the 8 and the spend another 3 minutes reeling in the fish. This trick isnt for the novice. What a day!