RE:North Country Salmon
After reading your report I realize I don't get up there often enough. In fact I haven't been up there since moving out west. Other than the weather and river levels, it sounds like the classic north country fishing experience.
Would sinktips fished with attractor deep patterns have helped out with your lead jones? I tend to favor lead bans myself, although the indicator / nymph method probably calls for it on occasion.
In any case I tend to forget just how much we have right here in New England. Thanks for the report!