Southeast AK island streams are often steep and boulder strewn -water that is is suitable for fishing the swing isn't that common. This pocket water is usually best fished with a dead drifted glo bug or nymph fished under an indicator using a 9.5 or 10' 7 or 8 wt rod.
YUCK!!! Gillnets and dynamite are effective too!
I fish a few of the streams which allow the classic swing. Our water is generally colder, so I'm usually forced to fish sinktips.
Like so many other of you are who are also afflicted by O. Mykiss, I have too many rods but seem to want more. All my sticks are Sage -not cuz I think their better (tho they are great) than anything else, but because I can get 'em cheap (sort of). My main rods are the 8150-4 and 7141-4. I really love both of those rods (they're pretty similar to each other). I also use a 7136-4 and a 10150-4.
For lines I really like the Mastery Spey/Salmon. I chop off 17' and install loops and then use tips of varying density - intermediate, II,III, IV & VI depending on the water. I fish a wulff TT 7/8 on the 7136 on the Bulkley and use a full DT for bigger rods for my dry lines. All my lines are spooled on Hardys.
I could catch (hook for certain) more steelhead if I used the indicator and glo bug/nymph technique-no doubt about it. So what! I could hook more yet if I used drift gear. But I figure I flyfish because I like it better than other (more productive) techniques, so why not use the technique with the fly rod I like best? Fishing spey rods the past five years has made the swing more effective -and more fun!
I guess I have to catch enough of 'em though to keep me happy. I can't see freezing my toes casting a dry line/ fly combo and not getting bit -so I'll use the tips a small concession I think. I'll save the dry line/fly for the Thompson-and not get bit! But now and then I will there and oh! what a sweet reward! I've caught quite a few steelhead from Oregon to Southcentral AK -those Thompson fish are in a class by themselves! I almost got spooled there even using a No.3 Salmon.
By the way, pesacphile is now dead. I misspelled my handle earlier -Oops!