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TROUT: MAINE: Big browns are big news. Sebago Lake has served up three over 10 pounds, Branch Lake has produced 9 over 6 pounds (to 10� pounds) and reports of whoppers continue to come from ponds once sacred to the square-tail; OG for Branch Lake through June.
MONTANA: Canyon Ferry Lake is still the hot spot as 5-pounders assault red-and-white wobbler spoons. Madison River fished well last week on nymphs and streamers, as did Firehole River in Yellowstone ( Wyoming), but OP for all streams as first warm days will flood and muddy them.
NEW YORK: Portal from Gilboa Reservoir into Esopus is about 1/3 open, maintaining good height and WT50-55 in "big river," but side streams are low and need rain; OF/G for evening fly fishing in main river, OP in tribs. On Beaverkill, green drake hatch came and went last week with 8- to 11-inch hatchery trout providing fair action but few good fish showing; Roscoe fly-tier Harry Darbee says low May levels have slowed upstream movement of wintered-over browns, predicts fair-to-good fishing through June. Light Cahills in smaller sizes to #18 should produce well, with little action during midday.
COLORADO: Most streams are H, SD, but some are clearing; trout are beginning to show mild interest in flies but bait and hardware are still quickest way to smelly creel. Colorado River (Rifle area) SH, D, FF/G with bait and lures, OG; ( Glenwood Springs area) H, D, FP, OF. Gunnison River H, D, FF with bait and lures, OF. Platte River (North, Middle and South forks) lowering and clearing but FP, OP/F. St. Louis Creek H, C, FF/G, OG. Blue River H, D, FF/G, clearing and OG. Grand Mesa lakes are still frozen but FG through ice.
CALIFORNIA: Unusual weather, including 6-inch snowfall in northern Sierras, failed to foil fishermen on lakes and streams off beaten path but roadside fishing is in slump since Memorial Day. Our spy says FP, OP, except for Owens River at Birchims Canyon, and Silver Lake. Lakes above 10,000 feet should be ice-free by June 15; SO July 1 for golden trout in Cottonwood lakes and tribs, OG. Packers on both slopes of Sierras start regular trips to back-country waters June 24. In general OG for late June fishing.
PENNSYLVANIA: Allegheny Forest streams still L, C, WT62-70, FP and best bets for fly fishers are such small shaded streams as Tubs Run, Salmon and Spring creeks in Forest County. Tionesta and Oil creeks have had heavy hatches but zooming WT makes midday sport skimpy. In northern-tier counties streams are low again after last week's rain and trout were huddling in spring holes at press time; one good rain can revitalize this area. In central state the Yellow Breeches was producing some big browns on dries last week between dusk and dark but FP in most streams and rain is needed; OF/P.