Steelhead fishing is doing fine these days with some excellent catches in rivers from the Vermilion to the Grand to Conneaut Creek. Fish are now evenly spread throughout all Lake Erie tributaries and prime action should continue from now through mid-April when fish descend their rivers again and head out into the big lake.
I like steelhead fishing always have. I don't eat them much, though I don't mind an occasional fillet baked under bacon strips and lemon juice, and I occasionally smoke one for finger food. I like them primarily because they're incredible fighters, especially when I hook one that goes 10 pounds or better. It's like being attached to a freight train.
Back in my early days of steelhead fishing I ignored advice from veterans and used an ordinary spinning rod with medium action on the rivers. It took just one fish, a trout that jerked my arms straight, the rod straight out, and broke off to teach me that a nice long, whippy noodle rod was much better. Even then you can count on a sizzling first run or two, some high leaps, and a magnificent scrap before they come to the net.
Perhaps you're a veteran steelheader and perhaps you're a beginner who'd simply like to drive a hook into something truly heavy. If you're the former, you need no advice, but if you're an amateur, keep these thoughts in mind.