As I am short on time, my post will be a quick summary of how I actually feel.
I started fishing for steelhead because from what I had heard they were the everything fish. Quickly I lost the trout bug. It has been over a year, atleast, since I have inflated my tube and been out to a lake.
As I began educating myself about fishing for steelhead with the bug rod, I began to realize that fish were second to the culture. I read the famed works over and over again and did my best to tie those famous patterns. I began to idiolize the innovators, the authors and all those well known personalities.
The day I met Alec Jackson for the first was nothing short of amazing and the same goes for so many others.
My fist steelhead I ever caught was on the bug rod and that day was amazing also but nothing compares to sitting down and having casual conversations with people that are so famous.
I fish for steelhead to catch fish, duh!!
But those fishless days just dont seem as fishless when you have the steelhead cutlture to particapate in.