RE:North Country Salmon
The lead ban is actually just for the lakes and ponds, although we were trying to honor it in the rivers as well. The problem was that all small tin shot is apparently backordered throughout the state. In the river mouths the sink tip systems would be fine, but in the pools you are rarely fishing more than the leader and a few feet of line, so you are really relying on that weight a foot or two above the fly to get your line down out of the current.
It is amazing how quickly the water levels fluctuate in those damned (as in below the dam, not the curse word) rivers. A few sunny days with no rain or releases and the level would have been fine.
NH is now taking camping reservations. It's a long trip but could have potential as a site for a future gathering for likeminded trout and salmon heads...