SO—season opened (or opens); SC—season closed (or closes).
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; OF—outlook fair; OP—outlook poor.
TROUT: PENNSYLVANIA: Most streams in central section of state are still SH and fishing is slow; best bets are Big Spring and Letort's Spring Run, where a good bucktail man may latch onto some fairly big browns of an evening (and then again he may not). In Allegheny Forest streams are N, C, FF/G with few anglers in sight; local talent is taking fair catches on dry fly from big eddies on Tionesta above Mayburg early and late in day. Northern-tier county streams L, C, WT 64-70. FF but long fine leaders and cautious approach are essential; Pine Creek experts start at 5 a.m., are home by 8; best bet for dry-fly action is Cross Fork at dawn and dusk.
NEW YORK: West Branch of Ausable is producing a few browns from "lagoon" water above Wilmington on evening rise to spotty hatches, with best action 8 p.m. to dark; our agent says badger spider may raise browns to 20 inches in "bush country" water below Wilmington. Esopus River slowed down last week after red-hot action on stretch below portal, but outlook is good as WT stays around 65 and few fishermen are on water.
OREGON: Central region is still best area for trout as lakes and rivers are H and SD but producing good catches of browns and rainbows on spin lures and large wet flies; some high lakes are still snowbound but thaw is in high gear and outlook is good.
MONTANA: FF on most streams as water recedes; best are Madison and Big Hole, where stone-fly patterns are deadly; OG as water continues to drop and clear.
WYOMING: Most Yellowstone Park waters in top shape and FG, with Firehole River a standout for dry-fly action; OG in all Park water.
CALIFORNIA: OG for July 4 weekend on both slopes of Sierra and lowland creeks and lakes as runoff is over and waters are C, N and well-stocked. Best bets in north and central regions: lower sections of Mattole, Bear and Van Duzen creeks, upper Sacramento, Trinity and tribs. Hat Creek from Pit to Lake Britton, Lake Almanor and Fordyce Lakearea, Truckee and Little Truckee rivers, Sagehen Creek, Frog and Webber lakes; on west slope of Sierra try the Tule, Kaweah or Kern rivers (well-planted in lower parts, with good wild fish in upper stretches); on east slope of Sierra, golden trout SO July 1 in Cottonwood lakes and tribs with easy limits for bait and fly-fishers (try Grey Hackle, sizes 12 to 16). Owens River SH, F and clearing but mosquito dope is absolute must. Upper Rock Creek, upper Rush Creek and Big Pines Lake are good producers and OG through July 10. Hot Creek L, C, FG as fair rainbows take #16 Quill Gordons and Ginger Quills wet or dry, with big browns as bonus for hard-working experts; OG.
MICHIGAN: Drake hatches have petered out on lower peninsula streams but OF and improving for daylight fly-fishing for natives and rainbows on Black, Pigeon, Sturgeon and Pere Marquette rivers. On Au Sable. Manistee and Platte rivers the larger browns lay low by daylight but FG with big dry flies at dusk and dark; OF.
COLORADO: Best trout fishing last week was on Grand Mesa where lakes are ice-free, clear, OG. When Denverite Fred W. Rediess, Jr., on way to Jefferson Lake, spotted big trout in outlet pool he drifted worm to it. after 30 minutes beached 10-pound 14-ounce German brown. Laramie River N, C, FF/G with bait and flies, OG. Colorado River (Rifle area) F, C, FF, OG. Upper Blue River clearing, FG, OG. North Fork of South Platte (where Ike fishes) H, D but F and FG. Roaring Fork H, D, FF, OF/G. Frying Pan SD (but C in upper part), FG, OG. Yampa River H, C, fishing and outlook excellent.
BRITISH COLUMBIA: Most interior lakes producing well on fly and OG until WT in lower lakes tops 60 degrees about July 15. Most coastal streams H with late snow runoff and estuary fishing is best bet now (but good cutthroat catches reported from Salon River up to White junction. OG for Buttle, upper and lower Campbell and Mohun rivers.)