SO—season opens (or opened); SC—season closes (or closed). 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; OVG—outlook very good; OG—outlook good; OF—outlook fair; OP—outlook poor
This is an article from the July 8, 1957 issue
TROUT: COLORADO: FG/OG as majority of trout water reported C but slightly H. Del Norte, South Fork, Creede, South Park, North Park, Gunnison, Antonito, Grand Mesa, Bayfield and Pagosa Springs areas all warrant attention and Willow fly hatches are reported from the Gunnison area. FP/FF in the Fort Collins, Estes Park, Glenwood Springs and Salida-Leadville areas where streams are still H and R.
PENNSYLVANIA: FP/G, depending on which streams are flooded by backlash of hurricane Audrey. Tionesta Creek reported producing on No. 18 dries and nymphs. FG also in Bald Eagle Spring and Spruce streams in central state limestone area with wet flies recommended, although snooper reports a live 17-year locust absolutely irresistible. Youth had its day when James Awald, aged 12, of Conneaut took a 7-pound brown trout from Conneaut Creek.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: FG in country north of White Mountains where three days of overcast and light rain have lowered WT and raised stream levels. Connecticut Lakes area enjoying excellent evening rises on ponds, and dry fly addicts are happy. A Dark Wulff has been most tempting on lakes near Pittsburg.
VERMONT: Brook trout catches considered excellent on the New Haven River from Bristol to Middlebury and on the East Middlebury River from Ripton to East Middlebury. Large brown trout responding at the lower end of the East Middlebury, and some rainbows are being taken from the New Haven. FVG for lakers in the Averill lakes and Seymour Lake in the northeast and Lake St. Catharine in the southwest section of the state; OG.
NEW YORK: Recent rain and cool weather indicates OG for Catskill waters. WT in 60s on the Beaverkill and Willowemoc, which are both C but slightly L. Local savant Harry Darbee advises using size 16 or 18 wet or dry flies and that the pattern is a matter of choice.
MONTANA: OG as runoff subsides with smaller streams in fly angling condition. Best of these are Rock Creek near Missoula and Spring Creek near Lewistown. Big water still H for wading but FG in Madison where the salmon fly hatch is under way. Fire Hole also proffering nice creels with trout taking Nos. 12 and 14 Adams; OG.
WASHINGTON: FVG on Yakima River for rainbows particularly in stretch from Easton to Cle Elum. Naches River below Bumping Dam also torrid and FVG for sea run cutthroats from Gray's Harbor up the Wynooche River, with spinners and worms taking most fish. High lakes are now thawed, runoff is subsiding and state-wide OG.
IDAHO: OG although cold snap has retarded fly hatches in high country. FG now on the Little Salmon for rainbow and Dolly Varden with the rainbows taking size 12 McGintys and the Dollys single salmon eggs. Small fry again in the limelight as 7-year-old Jean Main of McCall, Idaho prevailed over an 8-pound 11-ounce brook trout. Agent reports other worthwhile waters are beaver ponds on Trail Creek using small Invisibles and Antelope Creek drainage on Dry Renegades; OG as state-wide streams approach N and C status.
MICHIGAN: All streams on lower peninsula H and R but clearing rapidly. FG on the Manistee, Au Sable, Au Gres, Boardman and Betsy with caddis hatch in full swing and excellent browns being netted. FP/FF for rainbow on the Sturgeon below Wolverine until July 25 when annual summer run is due to start. Above Wolverine FG now for rainbows on hopper and caddis patterns. FVG for brookies on the Black River and PF/FG on the Maple, Rapid, Boyne and Upper Jordan.
TARPON: FLORIDA: Summer run tapering off although rewarding catches still being reported, including a 51-pounder taken "by Mrs. P. H. Hanes Jr. of Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 27 minutes on a 7-ounce fly rod and 12-pound test leader.
BONEFISH: FLORIDA: FVG/OVG throughout upper Keys with the just-concluded second annual Bonefish Tournament of the International Women's Fishing Association a very feminine success in Islamorada. During two-day tournament 21 distaff anglers vamped a total of 57 bonefish, many of which were released. Winner Cathy Williams, wife of Islamorada guide Dick Williams, totaled 10 fish, five on 8-pound test spinning tackle and five on 10-pound test spinning tackle. All were released. Mrs. Charles Stevenson, of Boynton Beach, Florida, took second place with six fish, and Mrs. Francis White of Fort Lauderdale and Mrs. Thomas Sherwood of Lantana tied for third with five fish taken and released. Heaviest fish of the match was credited to Mrs. J. K. Webb of Delray Beach at 9 pounds 6 ounces.
BLUE MARLIN: BAHAMA ISLANDS: Edgy participants in two upcoming marlin tournaments at Bimini encouraged last week by a 418-pounder soundly thrashed there by Mrs. Ann Shelly of Miami Beach; OG.
BLACK BASS: TENNESSEE and NORTH CAROLINA: FF/FG on Norris Lake, mainly on top water lures. Bass news from the region, however, dwarfed by David Higdon, 11-year-old son of an Andrews, North Carolina contractor. David was taken along by two men fishing Lake Santeetlah in North Carolina to act as bait boy and was relegated to the stern of the boat where he could not interfere with the expertise of his elders. David did not interfere. He just caught two bass weighing a total of 17¼ pounds while all the experts could produce was one catfish charitably estimated at about half a pound.
MINNESOTA: FVG as fish near completion of spawning. Largemouths gulping frogs in deep water while smallmouths prefer streamers and minnows. Rainy Lake at International Falls now yielding limits of smallmouths to 5 pounds on underwater plugs and OG.
MISSOURI: At Gravois Arm of Lake of Ozarks FVG with crawfish favored decoy. Dr. Byron Stewart of Booneville, and Dr. William Sodeman, professor of medicine at the University of Missouri Medical Center, last week produced a string of fish including three over 5 pounds and four of 4 pounds plus; OVG.
STRIPED BASS: NEW JERSEY: FP trolling but some fish being taken from rock jetties and surf between Long Branch and Asbury Park. Deal and Bradley beaches are current possibilities chiefly at night and daybreak. New Jersey, however, seems to be lending its share of oddities to the current angling season. Recently one charter boat had a sailfish strike and last week Russell Bellina of 360 Kingsland Avenue, Lyndhurst confounded himself and everybody else: casting for stripers from the south jetty of Shark River Inlet, he hooked and landed a 5½-pound brown trout on a block tin squid with bucktail.
MASSACHUSETTS: Frantic Cuttyhunk run now spotty but the famous little island is still producing fish from 35 pounds up and OVG through fall. Billingsgate Shoal also sporadic but squid are plentiful and bass are being taken on that old standby the Reverse Atom. Some anglers connecting close to shore by trolling Stan Gibbs Darter. School fish to 7 pounds reacting to sea worms in North and South rivers and in the Weir River at Hingham.
SOUTH CAROLINA: FVG at Santee-Cooper where excited spy reports at least 10,000 fish taken last week. Stripers are schooling in the early morning at lower end of lake but during the day must be located by trolling or jigging; OVG.