Any color plastic worm is going to work if you get it in the zone! And the Reel deal works just as good.
You know why pink worms work soo good? Go grab a Night Crawler and leave it in a glass of water for a few hours. See what color it turns.
Ahh, that's all circumstancial. Like species; Borax owns over any sulfite cure I've tried for Steelhead, but ANY sulfite cure outfishes Borax for Fall Chinook. (in my limited experience)
And I'm not sure, this story might be from a mute Blue Heron and/or maybe this is translated wrong from a...
1st was Corky/yarn/bait for Winter Steelhead. Mostly Spin N Glo or Okie Drifter and bait for Winters.
2nd was Lures/Spinners/Spoons for Summer Steelhead. Mostly huge spoons in fast or deep water, or slow thumpin' spinners through the heads riffles for Summer Steelhead.