>I fish for steelhead to catch fish, duh!!
But those >fishless days just dont seem as fishless when you have the
>steelhead cutlture to participate in.
I think this last paragraph captures the essence. In other words, I can replace the "steelhead" word in your text by whatever fish does it for me and voila...
It's the tradition, the beautiful places, and everything that surronds the passion that does it, whether it's steelhead, trout, salmon, stripers, muskies or tigerfish. Mind you it's true that trout, atlantic salmon and steelhead have probably more tradition and writings dedicated to them than all others put together, but you get my point.