Top Fly: According to Sabol, it's hard to go wrong on the Deschutes with a size 4 Muddler Minnow. And make it purple. "Our steelhead respond very well to purple," he says. "Plus, I can present a Muddler several different ways." Steelhead are very light sensitive and are most apt to feed on the surface early or late in the day. At these times, Sabol uses a 14-foot leader and floating line to skate a Muddler across the surface or just below the film. When the sun is high and the river is lit up, he'll switch to a sink-tip and 3-foot leader, and swing the Muddler deep. In both presentations, simply cast downstream at a 45-degree angle, keep your line tight, and let the fly ride with the current. To handle those B-run giants, Sabol recommends a 7- or 8-weight outfit.