Can you use a spey rod on a body of water that is closed to steelhead? Do you need a steelhead permit to do so?
Depends. It is illegal to fish for steelhead when the steelhead season is closed - even catch-and-release. You can use a spey rod as long as you can pass the "red-face" test when you encounter an officer. You must be able to convince the officer that you are fishing for cutthroat or rainbow trout (rainbow under 20" in length). That means a fly with a small to medium-sized hook.