Several years ago I met a man named Todd Hirano. Todd found me via the internet and was extraordinarily enthusiastic about bringing steelhead to the surface. In fact, if I recall correctly, Todd even fished surface flies during the winter months back then.
Since then we've become good friends and have fished together for steelhead on several of our favorite rivers.
Todd still loves to make what is already daunting and make it a bit more so. He's a superb spey caster, but like me, prefers to spey cast with a single hander. Its just a lot more fun when you hook up. He also prefers, in fact insists on fishing a floating line. Can't blame him there. I hate fishing tips, but I need a grab a little more frequently, so I fish my tips in the winter. Todd persists in all but the worst conditions all winter long with a dry line. Did I mention he's also friends with Bill McMillian and uses Bill's technique for using floating lines in the winter with "big iron" hooks and longer leaders to get his fly down.
This morning I got the following report from Todd;
Sorry for the long winded story, can't help getting excited about these fish.