SPINNING: Spin-fishermen are gradually taking over the Steelhead scene. Most prefer hollow glass rods in 7½-to 9-foot lengths with medium-heavy actions. SHAKESPEARE WONDEROD ($29.95), ST. CROIX STANDARD ($13.95) and CONOLON AIR-FLITE ($18.95) most popular, with wide selection currently on market, ranging in price from $9.95 to $125. Good reels may be purchased from $9.95 to $44.50, with CENTAURE RIVER ($26.50), MITCHELL 300 ($29.75) and ORVIS 100 ($29.50) in highest demand. Spoons sure-fire with 8-to 10-pound monofilament.
BAIT-CASTING: Still present, though in diminishing numbers, bait-casters pay from $3.95 to $55 for rods, lean toward SOUTH BEND ($6.95), HARNELL ($18.95)and SILA-FLEX ($26.50). The HEDDON PAL ($13.75) and PFLUEGER SUPREME ($35) lead field in reel selections, with other reels priced from $3.25 to $45. With these most bait-casters use 8-to 10-pound nylon line. Strawberry clusters of fresh Steelhead roe still holding own, along with cherry bobbers.
FLY-CASTING: PFLUEGER MEDALIST ($15.50), ZWARG LAURENTIAN ($110.50) and HARDY PERFECT ($23.50) tops for Steelhead on fly-fishermen's list using 9-to 9½-foot, 6-to 7½-ounce rods. Good fly rods run high, from $25 to $130 with ORVIS ($120) and HEDDON BLACK BEAUTY ($45) popular choices. 9-to 15-pound backing on GBF or GAF line with tapered leader and streamer proclaimed deadliest although bucktails doing well.
CLOTHING: Hip boots in demand by cautious steelheaders who fear lure of waders into dangerously deep, fast water. Top sellers are CONVERSE and GOODRICH SUB-ZERO insulated boots; prices range from $9.95 to $26. U.S.RUBBER, BAUER and HODGMAN make excellent foul-weather jackets; others run from $4.95 to $17.50. Icy weather makes insulated underwear a must for winter fishermen, with POLAR WEAR ($25), WEATHER-ALLS ($40) popular choices. JON-? handwarmers ($3.95 to $4.95) take care of frosty fingers.
COOKING: Keep temperatures low to avoid shrinkage and loss of juices. Soften two cubes butter, work in finely minced parsley, chopped onions and mashed clove garlic. Salt and pepper (freshly ground black is best) interior, spread with seasoned butter mixture. Skewer and bake uncovered at 325° Fahrenheit, basting with drippings, until well browned. Or wrap in foil and broil over coals in barbecue pit.