Permit anglers often get credit for pursuing the most difficult fish to catch on the fly, but many of these individuals have not spent the countless hours working a swung fly through a run on a coastal river. Winter steelheading is wet and cold, to say the least, and the thought of just being in a tropical location brings short-term warmth to any angler working a beat during the winter months on the coast. You know when you’ve missed your shot when permit fishing, but swinging a fly for steelhead is blind and one can only rely on faith. By now you feel that your cast count is getting close to 1000, and your time to dance with one of these elusive unicorns is growing close. So here is to another early morning of cheap gas station coffee and river bank sunrises.