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: COLORADO: Heavy snow in high Rockies put chill on surface fishing in high-altitude waters but big valley streams are hot. Frying Pan L, C, FG, OG; Gunnison L, C, FF, OG; Michigan L, C, FG, OG (this stream is next week's best bet); South Platte VL, C, FP, OF. With tourists gone home and rivers low, fly-fishing is at peak but cold weather will force bait and spinner fishing before SC Oct. 31.
BRITISH COLUMBIA: Kamloops fishing good to excellent at mouth of Adams River, although sockeye run hadn't arrived in force last week; FG in interior lakes and OG until snowfall. All Vancouver Island lakes producing good cutthroat catches to fly and troll; Campbell Lakes, McIvor and others fishing well and OG as sea-run fish show in most streams.
IDAHO: Salmon River and tributaries producing well as redsides move into spawning areas; dry flies taking fish from Snake River in Thousand Springs area as warm weather released heavy fly hatches, but morning trollers getting biggest trout; good evening fly fishing on Little and Big Wood rivers with heavy-hackled brown bivisibles most productive; FG and OG in Lost River watershed streams.
WASHINGTON: 18�-pound rainbow caught in Wait's Lake (Stevens County) on bait as lake fishing picks up with cooler weather; Jamieson had hot opener with rainbows averaging 12-16 inches and OG for top fly fishing through October; Lake Sammanish good for cutthroat and rainbows to three pounds on troll; back-in potholes and beaver ponds in cut-over land producing fine wild trout on fly.
MONTANA: Missouri River above Canyon Ferry Lake yielding five-to 10-pound trout on spinning lures as bright warm days and cool nights maintain top fishing throughout northern Rockies.
WYOMING: Cool spell is putting more moxie in trout and OG for fly fishing in most rivers; most Yellowstone area streams are at peak for fly fishing: Lewis, Shoshone and Heart lakes producing mackinaws on large light-colored flies and OG through next week.
CALIFORNIA: Best bets for trout in northern state are upper American and Feather rivers. Good trout have started hitting in Lake Al-manor which will be open all winter this year. Big browns now moving up Owens River out of Crowley Lake and are amenable to flies and spinners.
OREGON: With algae cleared and water low in Wickiup Reservoir (upper Deschutes River), fishing is excellent for rainbows to 10 pounds, browns to 18 on spinning lures (copper wobbler best bet). FG with large dry flies and OG until SC Oct. 10.