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SO season opens
SAILFISH: FLORIDA: Charter boats out of St. Petersburg now adopting outriggers, have started going 25 miles into Gulf of Mexico after sails. Pioneering Captain Wyly Flint of Pass-A-Grille has four fish credited to his boat. Six sails boated, several hooked and lost in four-day period has West Coast astir in anticipation of sailfish bonanza. FG/OG. FG also out of Mayport on East Coast.
TEXAS: Port Aransas boats, also now fishing for sails, report FG/OG in Texas Gulf waters. Mrs. Icy Thomas, Houston, hauled in a 7-foot 3�-inch sail on her maiden fishing trip last week. One Freeport-based boat caught three sails in three hours, and Port Aransas boats have observed the sails schooling.
TROUT: IDAHO: Lake Pend Oreille yielding fair-size Dolly Vardens and Kamloops, the latter hitting lures fished deep. FVG on Selway around McGruder where few anglers present. Morning and evening fishing rewarding on Trapper Creek and Lake Cleveland but limited to jeep owners due to poor road access. Impassable Canyon yielding rainbows to 16 inches on Nos. 12 and 14 Grey Hackle Yellow. But Idaho spy confides real sport in Canyon is fall-run jack salmon on a light rod using Mepps size 2 brass. FVG in high lakes and statewide OVG.
NEW MEXICO: FF with unusual number of showers keeping most mountain streams H and M. However dogged bait fishermen taking limits of pan-size brown and rainbows. Best flyfishing is high in Pecos country, Canjilon and Trout lakes. OF.
CALIFORNIA: Hot weather has slowed lowland fishing, but streams above 7,000 feet near season's peak. Best bets on east slope Sierra: Big Pine Creek lakes, Hilton lakes, Bishop Creek, Grant Lake, Bridgeport Lake, East and West Walker rivers.
BRITISH COLUMBIA: Paradise, Duffy, Lejeune and Mimpo lakes steady producers, but generally FF/OF.
MONTANA: FVG for dry flies. George Ewing, Pittsburgh, Pa., fishing 48 miles up the Gallatin from Bozeman, where a 2-pounder is considered large, took three trout in 5-pound class on dry flies. FVG on Madison for big trout, and FG in Yellowstone for small to medium-size fish. Lakes improving as weather cools, with Tiber Reservoir best for trout to 15 inches.
STEELHEAD: OREGON: Lower Deschutes around Stiles L, C. Summer steelhead buffs report success as far upriver as Maupin on red and white wobbling spoons. FF/G for fly fishermen on north Umpqua in early morning and late evening. OG here as more fish seen going over Winchester Dam daily. Try Umpqua Special, large Grey Hackle, Palmer or Royal Coachman bucktail with size 6 or 4 hook.
TUNA: MASSACHUSETTS: School tuna to 150 pounds plentiful four to eight miles off Race Point, and to 110 pounds on colored feathers off Pollock Rip. Giants reported in Cape Cod Bay early in week. Allen Jones, Scarsdale, N.Y., fishing from Charlie Mayo's Chantey III, caught a 707-pounder in 4 hours 40 minutes. Jones's bluefin was hooked off Wood End Light, as was the 474-pounder taken from same boat, same day by 18-year-old George Rutherford of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. OVG for schoolies, uncertain for giants.