That was three years ago and the Salmon River was incredibly low...thus having a majority of fish holding up in deep pools. I watch salmon move out of the way of 4lb mono and tiny egg patterns that trip. For my wife, father-in-law and I the trip turned basically into a sight seeing trip, as too many salmon-crazy anglers were doing anything to catch or snag a salmon. No point in being subjected to some of the A-holes that were on the river then. In that great hole I identified above, one very intoxicated angler (8a.m.) preceded to yell, "Anyone who wants to fight can come over here and I'll kick your arse". he was pretty big so everyone ignored him but the craziness I saw on the Salmon River those few days was almost enough to make you stop fishing. You are right, it was gruesome to say the least.