Today I went out for my first day of the season chasing winter steelhead. Fished a local river which is known to put out a few fish. I got into the river about 3:00 this afternoon and decidecd to fish one of my favorite runs. I was using a Scandi head with a type III poly leader. I was swinging a #4 white bunny. I didn't feel like spooling up my Skagit or breaking out my T-tips yet. I fished through 70% of the run with one bump towards the top. I get to the sweet part of the run and I get a pluck and head shake. I figured it was a dolly and make the same cast again, and again, I get a pluck. I missed the fish and made the same cast again, this time I hold a loop and drop it when the fish hits. I feel the line go taught and sweep towards the bank. This time I stick the fish. Initially I thought, big dolly. I got a quick zip-zip off my reel and then it comes off and clears the water-- a nice 10-12 lb steelhead. An explitive may have left my mouth at this point. I was super suprised to hook a steelhead today, I really just wanted to get out on the water with steelhead in mind. Fog rolled in and the sun went down and I bushwhacked my way back to my car in the dark. The End. Thought I'd share.