That's a good question.
I'm actually not sure.
I could stick with the obvious and just say it's about summer steelhead but that wouldn't be a fair description of what I'm hoping to do here.
I can say that the idea for this blog originates from a humid, late summer morning last September. On that day, I enjoyed a glimpse of what draws anglers to steelhead.
Up to that point I hadn't given steelheading much of a chance--I was perfectly content with my single handers. The choice between a dozen resident coho or the possibility of hooking a steelhead was an easy one to make.
Ignorance can be kind like that.
For some reason, I broke from my habits. Maybe I had heard enough stories, maybe I just needed something new to do.
Either way, the urge took hold and I threw myself into it. I recognized the risk for making such a commitment--the beaches were fishing fairly well and trout fishing east of the mountains was starting to peak.
But it's just like a friend of mine used to say:
"No risk, no reward."
Of all the words I've used to describe the experience, the one that comes to mind in how I'd relate it to this blog is clarity.
Though brief, what little clarity I experienced I wanted more of.
Any mediocre chance to steelhead suddenly overtook a good chance to hit a beach.
The Sky, the Snoqualmie, the Methow and the Deschutes replaced the Sound in importance and even when I did hit the salt, I did so more often with a two hander.
Addiction. Obsession. Call it what you want--steelheading had bitten me and there was no going back. I couldn't wait for the next season.
I know, "Why wait for next season?"
Simple--I tried fishing a river in the bitter cold. It sucked.
There, I said it.
I'm a tropical kid, after all.
With the summer solstice just a few days past, it's officially summer.
And there are steelhead to be had.
So back to the original question: what's this all about?
Let's find out.