For as long as I've been steelhead fishing, the American River has been my homeriver, despite my first steelhead (and first steelhead on the fly) came on the Upper Rogue. That was in 2006, and less then a week later I caught my first salmon. Then came another 3 steelhead that winter, fly fishing though. Since, i've had a tough time with the steelhead, but I plan to turn that around this year with greater determination to fish.
I owe a lot of my knowledge of steelhead and salmon to my 'mentors' i guess. Mark Lynn has helped me phenomenally, as well as Ray...well Ray and John Hamilton.
Heres some pics from the past.