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: CALIFORNIA: Sierra roadside fishing spotty but hikers and horse-borne anglers getting easy limits. Hot spots on east slope: Mildred and Genevieve lakes (Convict Creek basin); Tyee, Marie. Chocolate. Bishop and Saddlerock (Bishop Creek basin); Twin lakes, Robinson Creek, East Walker River and Green Lakes ( Bridgeport area). Saddlebag, Tioga and other waters off Tioga Pass road FF/G, OF. Best bets on west slope: upper reaches of Kaweah, Kern, Kings and Merced rivers. In northern and central regions, lower waters are slow because of hot weather and algae but hard-to-reach waters are good (best is east side of Lake Almanor and near Hamilton branch mouth, with flies). Twin, Silver lakes in American River headwaters FF/G; tribs of Cow, Cedar and Natchet creeks in Pit River region FF, OF.
MAINE: Heavy rains last week came too late to help trouters as SC Aug. 15, but saved thousands of brookies trapped in trickling tribs.
TENNESSEE: When General Mark Clark prepared to fish for trout in fast water below dam at Norris Lake, Guide Eddie George fetched felt-soled wading shoes; when the General started to put them on he found size right but both for left foot. Eddie thought about this, said, "General, now you know how I felt for three years in the Army." Clark wore shoes, found FG, OG.
NEW MEXICO: Lower Pecos River FF. Johnson Lake FG. Most streams D or SD and in general OF. Chama and Brazos rivers recently stocked and improved by rains, OG. Jemez area reports FF, OP, Fenton Lake poor. Navajo and Zuni Indian reservations offer FG for fly-fishers.
OREGON: All streams L, C. Fly-fishing good on Deschutes, Crooked. McKenzie and Santiam rivers, and OG next 10 days. Sea-run cutthroat OG: trolling best in tidewater, spinning most productive in upper streams.
MICHIGAN: Although cold front was moving in last Sunday and promised relief to drought-damaged streams, veteran trouters are already writing 1955 season into records as stinkeroo; OVP.
WASHINGTON: Creeks of upper Skagit are in good shape, and OVG for rainbows and dollies on eggs, flies and worms at Bacon. Goodell, Marble, Damnation. Jordan and Granite creeks. Most high lakes now well defrosted and OVG for first parties in. Icicle River area lakes FG, OG. Dosewallips. Hamma Hamma ditto. (For rainbows to 22 inches try dunking brown hackle, caddis larva or Coachman bucktail in canyon potholes of Hamma Hamma River 3� miles above mouth.)
COLORADO: Steamboat Springs area spy says Elk, Yampa and Snake rivers L but SD, FF with flies, bait and spinners; all small streams L, C, FF/G. In Glenwood Springs area, the Colorado, Frying Pan, Roaring Fork and Crystal rivers are muddy, FP, OP. At Canon City, Arkansas River FP, OP.
SAILFISH: FLORIDA: As a few sails were reported last week from the Keys, Tampa charter boats reported sailfish (rarely seen in Gulf waters) 25 to 30 miles off Pinellas beaches; William Lairson of Dayton, Ohio boated 35-pounder after 43 minutes, 12 jumps.