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: WASHINGTON: Ice is rotten and going fast in high lakes of upper Skagit and Cascade rivers; Stillwell, Clear, Green, Monogram, Upper Falls, Lower Falls. Found, Slide, Jug, Upper Granite, Upper and Lower Jordan should be accessible now, but check trails before you pack in. Upper Yakima River FG, OG for big rainbows; American River FG, OG. Single eggs or worms will get you rainbows to 17 inches from Dosewallips River, 4 miles above end of road. Lower North, Naselle, Willapa, Humptulips FG, OG for sea-run cutts. (Best bet for cutthroat: Mosquito and Goodman creeks, fished with light tackle and small lures or flies; well worth the trouble you'll have getting there.)
OREGON: Almost all streams were at summer levels last week and fly-fishing should be at season's peak. Deschutes, Crooked, McKenzie and Santiam rivers are best bets (but for sea-run cutthroats, try tidal sections of Alsea, Siletz, Nestucca and Siuslaw rivers where fish are waiting for rain before moving upriver).
CALIFORNIA: Kern River above New Kernville producing most consistent accessible fishing on west slope of Sierra. FVG in Little Kern at Quaking Aspen region. Upper Rush Creek lakes producing nicely, and OG. On east slope Clark, Lager, Sullivan and Webber lakes are providing limits of golden trout. Northern and central Sierra fishing was slowed by hot weather but spin-and-bait fishermen were taking trout to 3 pounds from Fall River. South Fork of Yuba FG, main Tuolumne River FF/G and OF. Best "put-and-take" water close to Los Angeles is West Fork of the San Gabriel River.
MICHIGAN: Last week's rains stirred up some action on Pigeon, Jordan, Black and many other rivers; best fly patterns are Gray Squirrel, Beaverkill and Coachman, wet or dry; OF.
MINNESOTA: FF, OF at Park Rapids on Straight River and in headwater beaver ponds of Lake Superior's north-shore streams.
MONTANA: FP, OP until cooler weather.
NEW MEXICO: Heaviest rains in three years slowed trouting over most of state last week. Chama and Brazos rivers SH, FG, OG. Pecos and Jemez areas poor to fair, OF, with worms doing better than flies.
MAINE: FVG at Wadleigh Pond in northernmost section of state (where several anglers have reported catching bluebacks, almost extinct since 1912 but previously a popular Maine trout subspecies averaging about� pound).
IDAHO: Best streams in northern state are upper St. Joe River, Marble Creek and Little North Fork of Clearwater where FVG with flies. In central state Little Salmon River near New Meadows offers fine evening sport with dry flies, and OG. South Fork of Boise River near Danskin reports FVG last week and outlook dandy. In south-central area the Big Lost River is giving up 2- and 3-pound trout about � mile below the dam, but water is gin-clear and careful stalking and casting are essential.