I gave the Steelies a shot for the first time today and it was a blast. I didn't catch anything, but that upper section of the Vedder is just so beautiful and the day was so nice that I had a great trip anyway. The most surprising thing was that the other people on the river were so friendly and helpful. It was a totally different atmosphere from what I've experienced lower down the river in October, where everyone is grumbling and swearing at each other. Anyway, thanks to all the guys who offered advice and took the time for a chat, and thanks to the American Dipper who sat on a rock beside me a sang for 4 hours. It's a hell of a drive, but that spot is worth the trip even without fish.