It doesn’t take a genius to calculate that a size eight mayfly doesn’t have the same hook strength as a 1/0 streamer.
This said, one can imagine my disappointment when after waiting a lifetime to finally hook a 15-plus pound steelhead on a delicate dead-drifted mayfly, all logic, know-how and thought processing suddenly vanished from my head.
Way to go, Einstein. (Bill Klyn photo.)
Perhaps they're a little different...
Yes, I admit it; after years of searching for surface feeding steelhead (particularly steelhead who wanted to eat my fly!) I didn’t take into consideration that my hook might bend out if I wasn’t careful.
Photo: Adam Tavendar
Not so proud...
Photo: Ben Grady
Photo: Nick Pujic
Photo: Yos Gladstone
Andrea with a nice streamer-caught fish.