What we were looking for:
Large, fat rainbows with maws big enough to swallow a duckling.
The big fish in this photo is most likely around 12 lbs.
What we found:
16-18 inch hard fighting rainbows but not the leviathans of our dreams.
Now I have a couple of more opportunities before the end of the season on this stretch, but I think I will pass. The SF is very low now and aggressive, randy browns in skinny water are calling to me. Last year the browns disappeared from the skinny water shortly after Thanksgivings so I need to get out while the getting is good.
My big rainbow run of late fall just didn't happen this year. Now I am sad.