Steelheading: Brutal Bliss

April 3, 2008 By: Marshall Cutchin

As Bill Scheider describes it, it’s a “pandemic with no cure.” Pretty hard to argue with someone who has so obviously succumbed, except to wonder if he is indeed hoping for treatment. “Not only do steelheaders miss a lot of work (if they still have a job) and family dinners (if they’re still married), but even when they aren’t on the river, they can’t concentrate on anything else because they’re thinking about being on the river. At the office, you can easily spot them. Remember the movie, Invasion of the Body Snatchers? Now you understand how Steelhead Fever manifests itself.” In New West.