California's East Carson River
Searing summer heat means that many higher streams, like those in eastern California, are just coming into shape. “If you’ve never been up to the Carson, you should give it a shot sometime in the not-so-distant future. It’s a very scenic and enjoyable stream to fish and it harbors plenty of 12- to 14-inch rainbows (with 16+ inchers not entirely uncommon), a few truly jumbo brown trout and the rare cutthroat. Oh yeah, and did I mention it’s not 105 degrees up there?” J.D. Richey in the Auburn (California) Journal.