I always take the hatchery fish out of the system to avoid having them bred with native fish and also consequently pass on inferior genes. Every hatchery fish I've captured as well as dressed has actually not had anything in its stomach. Out of dark interest I examine. I understand gross huh.
Nobody really understands why steelhead take flies. Like salmon, once steelhead go into fresh water they avoid actively feeding and also simply count on fatty tissue storage space to make it up the river, spawn, then return to the sea where they will gorge themselves and offset the long fast in the fresh water. So it's type of frustrating that we fish utilizing imitations of bugs and also bait fish that they don't even eat in the ocean but are prolific to the rivers.