I have been fishing for steelhead for over 30 years most of which was on the Salmon River in Idaho. For the past 18 years, I have added the Stamp and Somass Rivers near Port Alberni, BC on my list. I must admit that I started my steelhead career as a bottom bouncer, but have been fly only for the past 15 years. The Salmon River in Idaho is Disneyland when it comes to catching steelhead. I don't believe there is an easier river to catch one if you pay attention to the run and river conditions. Granted, I have fished it hundreds of times and know all of the good holes to it. It is also very accessible and you can cover a lot of water in a day's time. I would have to say my catch rate on the Salmon is in the high 70 percent range. The BC rivers are much different and my catch rate is probably down in the low 30% range. I fished it four days this December and one day one, I hooked and lost one, day three, hooked four, landed three, day three, nothing, day four, hooked two landed one. These were all on flies swung and dead drifted. I would not even want to wager what my casts to hookup ratio must have been. All I know, is that it would be waaaay up there. As far as the subject matter of beads go, I am not a big fan of them and do not consider their use to be fly fishing. I do not think they should be allowed on "fly fishing" only waters. Having said that, my favorite flies for steelhead have flame coneheads or nickel dumbells on them. I also use glo-bugs and egg sucking leeches. I have caught as many steelhead with yarn flies, as I have anything. I guess a bead fisherman could label me a hypocrite and I realize that this can be a very heated topic of discussion. I too, do not mean to stir the pot and am only stating my point of view.