You're in pretty good form, being just laid off, to become a trout bum, or steelhead bum, if that's your objective, or fate, or whatever. You'd be better positioned to become a steelhead bum if you already had some suitable gear. If you don't, take your savings, if any, or first unemployment check and purchase the requisite steelhead gear. Otherwise you ain't gonna' be in the game. PERIOD. If you need some bargain gear, an online mail order place known as Sierra Trading Post has some good stuff on sale right now. I just ordered a new pair of wading boots yesterday for 1/2 price, so I'll have 'em when the current ones wear out. There are good values on waders, boots, and 8 wt. rods. A decent steelhead reel will run you $100 - $150, but I don't know if they have any. The thread search you're going to do will turn up some good recommendations in that price range.
Since the value of money has just gone up for you, it will be worth your while to peruse and search this forum for all the recent and not so recent "how to fish good for steelhead" threads on this forum. There are many, and at least one extensively detailed one around this time each year. From those and from reading a few books like Trey Combs, Deke Meyer, and Dec Hogan you will obtain the paper and cyber knowledge you need to get started. The rest comes from OJT with TOTW, which tests the measure of your commitment to winter steelheading.
Other pointers, to help you take maximum advantage of your situation, read up on where to be and when to be there (and it ain't on the Sno-fuckin-qualmie, sorry), then after cashing your next unemployment check, purchase a week's worth of food or booze, whatever it is you get by on, and gas up your wheels, load up some camping gear, cuz hotels are off limits for the unemployed, and your new steelheading gear, and head for where the fish are. At this time of year, think early hatchery winter run steelhead. Head for the OP, camp out on the Bogie, Salmon, and any other place you get word that might be hot. Talk to fishermen who are catching fish, not the ones getting skunked like you, and the WDFW creel checker, and try to get to the next hot spot just before it gets hot. Repeat this process each week as the unemployment checks roll in.
I hope you tie your own flies. Buying flies is unbecoming of the unemployed. If you follow this advice, you''re gonna' need a bunch. Also, if you follow this plan, you're gonna' be a successful steelhead bum before the unemployment checks stop coming and you have to go back to work. Good luck, and I hope you make the most of this opportunity.