Wrong fish for me, but I'll post here as evidence of troutmasta's "get 'em with hardware."
I have been struggling a little with steelhead on the Clack, scratching out a hookup every once in awhile...but nothing like this time last year. So, been expanding my searches and went a little astray today.
I'm near Barton, cast a spoon into a deep, fast chute, with the intention of getting down and drifting through into the seam...the spoon sinks, stalls, set it and feel some slight give, like a log. Then the 'log' starts to drift...branch? This 'branch' starts taking a little drag, then a lot...then zzzzzzzzzzzzzz as a fish starts rocketing down the fast water, heading through the entire run, nearing the end of the tail....holy smokes!
I'm desperately trying to bend it like Beckham, twisting the rod to the bank, thumbing my spool, trying to turn this thing. I have some room, but the next tailout has a large obstacle on the bank I don't think I can pass and I need to stop this thing. Fortunately, it slows and halts. I work it back over the course of a minute or two, then it takes offense and makes a similar run for it. I again halt it, work it back some more, then rinse, repeat, again, but this time a stutter, stutter run...aha, tiring. Now it hunkers in and starts thrashing, I see the chrome and it looks fat. By now, I have figured out this is no steelhead.
Eventually, I tail a 15.2 pounder....bummer blank on steel by end of day