KEY TO SYMBOLS
SO=season opened (or opens); SC=season closed (or closes); SV=season varies by district or water.
C=clear water; D=water dirty or roily; M=water muddy.
N=water at normal height; SH = slightly high; H=high; VH=very high; L=low; R=rising; F=falling.
WT50=water temperature 50�.
FG=fishing good; FF=fishing fair; FP=fishing poor.
OG=outlook good; OP=outlook poor.
TROUT: PENNSYLVANIA: FP on most central Pennsylvania streams but OF/G when water warms to 50-55� range; anglers on Yellow Breeches, Big Spring, Clark Creek, Stony Creek find occasional browns amenable to No. 12 Quill Gordons (dry) and Gold-ribbed Hare's Ears (wet). In "northern tier" counties most streams are SH, C, WT46-50, with First Fork and Driftwood Branch of the Sinnamahoning producing fair creels on nymphs, wets and streamers; OG. In Allegheny National Forest area fly-fishermen are enjoying best early-season action in many years as WT tops 50� and surface feeding has begun in earnest; Oil and Tionesta creeks are best bet, with Tionesta from Mayburg up through west branch to Clarendon most productive. Scattered fly hatches reported along fast-water section of Slippery-rock Creek at McConnells Mills, with a few experts claiming limit catches on nymphs and small wet flies.
NEW YORK: The big run of spawning rainbows hadn't shown on the Esopus last Sunday but may get under way any day; meanwhile fish in main river and tribs are gorging on nymphs and caddis cases, and respond well to leadwing coachman, hare's ear, march brown and other drab wet fly patterns in sizes 10 to 14. River is clear and easily waded as portal is still closed, with WT46-52 and fair hatches of Quill Gordons and assorted small stoneflies to cheer the dry-fly brigade; outlook is dandy. Barring heavy rains the Beaverkill should be in fine shape now, with WT50-54 and the grannom (green egg sac) hatch due momentarily; fish a small dark nymph just below surface during this hatch (locally called shad fly); after trout have gorged on this fly the river usually goes dead for several days; until then outlook is excellent on entire length of this fine river.
WISCONSIN: SO April 30. Easy spring thaw and light rainfall have kept most streams below early-spring level; upper Brule C but lower stretches SD.
MAINE: Chicken-farmer Basil Clements of Winterport landed an 8-pound 3-ounce brookie from Swan Lake in Waldo County last week to set fast pace for down-east trouters.
OREGON: General trout SO April 30 with outlook doubtful in western Oregon; best bets in central area are Deschutes and Metolius rivers, both C, N, OG.
WASHINGTON: Lowland lake season opening was terrific success, with average opening-day catch 7.58 trout per angler and Blue and Park lakes in Grant County and Lawrence Lake in Thurston County top producers. Most Columbia basin lakes giving grand sport, and OG.
IDAHO: SO May 1 for northern part of state with record turn-out expected; Priest, Spirit, Coeur d'Alene, Pend Oreille and Hayden lakes will get biggest play and produce biggest trout.
BRITISH COLUMBIA: Despite cold blowy weather most Vancouver Island lakes below 1,000 feet are producing fine catches. Fly hatches are starting to come off most streams and outlook on island and lower mainland streams is excellent through May 10.