i remember we talked in another thread about this, but I couldn't find it. I didn't have much luck in the Eel River when i went up north. I didn't have access to a car, and the area I was at was waaaaay too low. I only hooked up with one fish, was a pikeminnow and generally not too fun.
I'm the same with trout, I mostly tie and fish dries. I am starting to like streamers though, they seem to bring in the big browns.
I plan on hitting up the PNW soon, if not for a gig/music, then for the hell of it. If it's steelie season, I'm gonna hit you up for a guide trip! Would love to give that a try