CALIFORNIA: With cooler weather in lowlands East Slope Sierra fishing improved at all points. Best reports: Mammoth lakes, upper Owens and Hot Creek where small gray flies paid off. Anglers up in arms over 1,100 big dead browns in Bridgeport Reservoir, believed poisoned by DDT washed from ranches by rains.
OREGON: Water L and algae clearing in most central Oregon lakes; Wickiup Reservoir producing large fish on flies with record so far a 22-pound brownie.
MICHIGAN: Soaking showers last week brought relief to the big drought and OG for balance of season.
IDAHO: FG St. Mary's River with Cowdung fly. High lakes in north excellent with frost at night. If you don't mind a walk, Seven Devils Lake in central Idaho is terrific.
COLORADO: Steamboat Springs area: Yampa River, L and C, OG. Snake River very L and C, FF/FG. Montrose area: Gunnison C and FF. Estes Park area: Big Thompson, Fall River and north and south St. Vrain Creeks N and C. Canon City area: Arkansas River clearing, but OP. Eleven Mile Canyon Reservoir N, but OP. Horseshoe Lake N, FF for flies and lures.