I had always heard that pound-for-pound, and inch-for-inch, there is no fish that pulls harder on a fly line than a Dean River (British Columbia) steelhead. Having now finally had the chance to fulfill a lifelong ambition and fish the Dean myself, and even pull on a few of those fish (or maybe they're pulling me around?), I'm not going to argue. I haven't caught every species I want in this world, but I have caught quite a few, including blue marlin, tarpon, roosterfish, arapaimas, mako sharks, and yellowfin tuna… and I have also caught plenty of steelhead from Alaska to Oregon, and in the Great Lakes as well. All those fish are absolutely wonderful. But the Dean fish are indeed special.