Before we go further, maybe I should explain our equipment. Our boat was an inflatable 2-man raft, with no seats or anything. You can see it here below, and we used our supposedly waterproof duffel bags (more on that later) as seats.
The fall colors really were splendiferous. It was quite an amazing trip in the scenery department, as each bend revealed something more beautiful than the one before.
In fact, in the picture below I'm trying to see if it will make a difference if I try David's rod. He caught a fish the cast before this, then gave it to me to try. I cast (while he took this picture), caught nothing, and then he went back to fishing and caught another fish with his first cast. Sigh.
We took stock of what remained - we had lost one paddle, a black bag (that contained my camping pad and our tent boat repair kit, among other things), all our fishing gear, and a few other bits and bobs. The plastic box with our food had somehow flipped upside down, thus creating an air pocket that kept it afloat. Our waterproof bags were caught in some eddies, so we had them as well.
The rules in these kind of places is that anyone can stay, and you do your best to leave more than you found when you got there. It even had potatoes and salt, and was in very good condition, though we left the food alone as we still had most of ours (having only lost the bread and things that could get wet).