The next spot was a small hole along the cliffs. From past experience, I knew there was a 4' hole along the ledge maybe 20' long. It was one of "money" holes because it always paid off. I used a white sac and placed the float along the bubble line. I moved it over it get it right along the ledge. The float was halfway along when it went under hard. This wasn't a chub take and I set the hook. The line immediately went tight and I felt the hard charge downstream. A great but brief fight as I gently maneuver the fish towards the bank. An average size PA steelhead all ready in full spawning color despite the fact it was early October. With a single push, I watched the fish bolt for the hole where I caught it.
Redemption, I thought. I could of thrown in the towel and allowed those chubs to get the better of me. I caught a couple more steelhead further at the first riffle close to the lake. Further downstream I watched another angler throw back a chub and he had a look of disgust. I thought not much longer, once the cold weather hit they'll swim back under those rocks where they belong.