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SO—season opened (or opens); SC—season closed (or closes).
TROUT: MICHIGAN: Black, Pigeon and Jordan rivers were last week's top rainbow producers among special-season streams now open; Yellow Jacket streamer is best bet among flies, says spy. Manistee River FG below Tippy, and OG for all open streams as runs should increase through next 10 days.
COLORADO: Yampa River L, C, FG with flies and bait, OF/G. Gunnison River L, C, FG, OF. East River, Taylor River and Quartz Creek L, C, FF with flies, bait and spinners, OF. Tomichi, Slate and Henson rivers VL, C, FP, OP. San Cristobal and Crystal lakes and Taylor Reservoir C, FF for trollers, OF. Colorado River (Rifle area) L, SD, FF with bait, OP. Big Thompson River L, C, FF with flies, FG with bait in deep holes, OF; North Fork of Big Thompson L, VC, FF, OF with flies. Troublesome and Blacktail creeks L, C, FG with flies. OF/G. Fish Creek and Buffalo Pass Lakes full, FG with flies and spinners, OG.
MONTANA: Best fishing of season reported from most Montana streams, with fine catches on wet and dry fly from Yellowstone, Madison, Big Hole, Beaverhead and Ruby rivers at midday and early evening. Spring creeks in Livingston area producing fat, sassy browns and rainbows for dry-fly experts (but these 10-to 18-inchers sneer at anything larger than #18 fly on 4X tippet). OVG through October in all streams and lakes.
CALIFORNIA: Heavy rains over northern part of state doused forest fires, broke hot spell and started fish moving in most waters. Best bets in this area: upper Sacramento between Dunsmuir and head of Shasta Lake, North Fork of Feather River near Seneca, both producing wild trout to 2 pounds. Truckee River improving, with veteran fly-fishermen finding FVG and OVG. Yuba, Mokelumne and Tuolumne rivers FF, OP. Fires under control along South Fork of Kings River but fishing spotty, OP. Tule, Kern and Kaweah rivers L, WT68-74 but FG for planted trout. East slope of Sierra improving as weather cools, OG for fly-fishing in Hot Creek, upper Owens River, Grant and Silver lakes, upper Rush Creek and Sullivan, Webb, Waah. Clark, Davis and Thousand Islands lakes (reached by pack trips). FVG in all high lakes as first frosts put fish on feeding spree; Ginger Quill and Gray Hackle flies most favored patterns. wet or dry.
IDAHO: Forests closed on account of fire hazard will probably be opened this week, and Governor Robert Smylie says fishing and hunting seasons will be extended to make up for days lost by closure. Meanwhile fishermen are finding good sport in northern Idaho lakes with trolled lures and in rivers with bait; Moyie River high-rated in area. FVG in main Salmon between North Fork and Shoup, and in South Fork of Payette between Warm Springs Creek and Lowman, but agent says hottest spots in state are Island Park Reservoir and Henry's Lake, where spin fishermen were limiting on rainbows to 5 pounds. For stream fishermen, Henry's Fork of Snake River and Box Canyon on the Snake are good bets this week and next.
NEW MEXICO: OG on all streams as cooler weather whets trout appetites; Chama and Brazos rivers FVG, OVG for dry-fly fishers.
OREGON: Trouting slacked off in most lakes and rivers last week as cold snap numbed fish; outlook poor.
WASHINGTON: The rains came, and 2-month SO Sept. 15 with loud bang at Friday Creek and Samish River as sea-run cutts to 3� pounds surged up freshened streams and gobbled spinners, flies and single eggs; area west of highway bridge on Samish was hot last week, and should sizzle through this week. Lowland streams in western state now at peak of season for sea-run natives and dollies. Fly-fishermen can pick any blue spot on map at timberline and be certain of fine trip (but get into high lakes soon, as first snow fell at 5,000 feet and higher in western Cascades last week).