Are you sure you fish the tribs very often? The only reason I ask is because in all my 40 years of living here and growing up with a fly rod in my hands on the tribs, fishing for steelhead, I can honestly say I have NEVER seen a hatch...of any kind...influence the activity of steelhead and how the feed, of which, a steelhead's feeding virtually stops alltogether once the fish have been in the streams for a week or so, contrary to what some folks may think and the bite response is more to aggression to red invaders and a more lingering feeding-type reaction/response only, more than actual feeding. The water temps are also usually too cold to elicit a "hatch-type" feed as it were in the first place and the fish you do catch, are usually fairly lethargic until the water gets up a few degrees. To the OP, the thousands, upon thousands of late winter/early spring steelhead I have taken on the Lake Erie tribs would contradict what Fly Guy just told you. As long as the water at the mouths of the tribs are open enough and there is enough water in the streams, you have a very good chance of finding fresh fish in them. I fly fish exclusively as well and while I do use nymphs on occasion, I find spring steelies most receptive to streamers like wooly buggers and muddler minnows and minnow patterns and the like and spawn patterns like sucker spawn and ice chenielle patterns (both of which stimulate that feeding REACTION more than anything else). It's not to say you won't get a fish on about anything you put in front of their faces, but when the water is up and just ever so lightly stained, streamers in darker colors are what you'll find me throwing and catching fish on...Fly Guy said:Fishing the tribs is very hit or miss during the spring time. Suckers move in and cause a lot of "false" hits. Fall and winter have produced the best personally, but you can still pull out a few beat up steelies during the spring. Sucker spawns and egg patterns do okay and nymph patterns do well, with emerging insects will get hits. I always use a fly rod when up there, but wax worms always seem to do well for the bait fishermen.