I like the egg with light tippet ploy, I might have to try that. I shouldn't speak entirely negative about the Salmon River. In about another 3 weeks when the salmon have died there are some longer runs where you can fish in a classic manner for steelies. The crowds drop dramatically. There are still areas you don't want to venture into (ironically the fly-fishing only water is the last place you want to go).
Middle and lower river offer water that can be swung all winter long if you will brave the elements in that area in the winter.