He wastes no motion, no time and keeps the fly (usually black, articulated and tasty) in the strike zone. He fishes the hang down with a methodical purpose and keeps his leaders simple and short in winter. He always sharpens any hook he pulls out of his vest. He fishes the line to the reel (A well lubricated ready to scream Hardy). He will adjust his fly target zone on the cast to assist the swing in any way. He understands mending and attempts to find water that lets the fly "swim". He hates overmending. He plays fish extremely hard (losing his fair share due to the speed he attempts to get them landed and released) and knows how to apply side pressure in the fight. He looks for walking speed green and boulder strewn (nuggets we call them) waters with knee to chest depth and fishes the head, throat and tailout accordingly. He has the patience to stop in mid run, and change tips to get more or less depth or a better swing. Sometimes he will change tips 3 times in one run if it feels right. He is not Simon with a spey rod but more importantly is very consistent in his delivery and if needed can reach out and blast moon shots for those outlying shelves in lower water days on the Skagit. Most fish are hooked in the inside seams in well known and traditional runs but there are a few lies that are "deep in center field
All good points that us "novice steelheaders" should take note.