I remember when I started steelheading (mid 70's) all I used was a full sinking SA type 3, green butt skunk, phlueger medilist 1495 and a 8 1/2 7wt fiberglass fly rod. I hooked a lot of fish! Now that technology has improved, my steelhead catching has decreased. I have went from 8 1/2' fly rods to 14', high speed HI-D full sinking lines to T8, T11 and T14, sink tip skagit heads, even scandi lines. Well, not as many fish. Every time I take a step back and use tackle of the yester year, I hook fish. What is this telling me? I met a man a long time ago, his name, Joe batoric, he lived just outside of arlington, right onlong the N.F. Stilly. He had his own technique of fly fishing. Many people did not do what he did. He brought me under his wing and I started even catching more fish than ever. In the late 80's, Joe was biulding rods on canadian mooching rod blanks (10'-11') for silver fly fishing fishing in the sound and started to use them for steelhead. He built them with a longer extension in the rear handle to use two hands. The flies he tied, were out of this world. Things I would never thought would have caught a fish in my life, unless you had snagged one. On a regular basis, he landed numerous fish, bigger than I saw others catch. I was crushed years ago when I found out he was found passed away in his home. I went on with technology and everytime I fish, I feel like someone is kicking me in the ass. Is it Joe, saying hey dumb ass what are you doing? Remember what I taught you. Is it, there is a place in time for that technique? fish how you feel comfortable? or am I just an old timer that does not like change? For me, I am taking that step back, remembering what some of the pioneer fly fisherman, Joe, Harry lamire, Merlin Stedum and many others taught me. I am going old school....two lines, floating and full sink. Lets see if I still have the old school mojo!!!!