Part confession, part exhortation. I've been spending the last couple of months fishing steelhead with all sorts of "cheater" gear that is supposed to get me into unlimited numbers of fish. I didn't care. I needed to catch a fish. I was throwing beads (with secret polish) horribly dirty jigs (even tried ones with a glow stick) I even started dipping my jigs in a little bit of anise before heading out. I was literally that cracked out, trolling the back alleys of nefarious tactics to get a fish on the end of my line. None of it really worked. I LDR'd 4 fish in about 6 months of fishing with a lot of fruitless trips in between. So, I figured what the hell, maybe I need to really sell my soul to the devil and buy a gear rod. Three more trips of utter whoredom and depravity with nothing to show for it I had a "come to Jesus" moment and said to hell with it all. I am going to learn to swing. I might as well look really cool not catching. First trip with the spey rod and I've landed two fish. Touched their bodies and everything. You guys are evil bastards going straight to the inferno of eternal hell. The fact that you have been lying to everyone about spey fishing being the least effective method is pure evil trickery. It is by far the most productive method of fishing for steelhead. The casting part isn't even hard. It's just a god damned loopty roll cast.