Im Curious, what kind of fly rod did you catch that beast on? I am new to the area (Grays Harbor) and I just bought a Sage 690 DS2 fly rod, and I am wondering if it will be strong enough for steelhead. Also what kind of flies were you using.
That was caught on a 13 foot 8 weight spey rod. Personally, I wouldn't try to catch winter steelhead (or big BC summer/fall fish) on anything less than an eight weight. I think that a 6 weight would be enough for one-salt summer fish like on the Deschutes that are usually 5-7 pounds. But, you should ask others on this board. I've never caught a steelhead on a single handed rod, because I took up spey casting when I moved out here and started to fish for steelhead.