Stillwater River Report 4/13/2020
Stillwater 4/13: With the weather change, water temperature remains cold. Nymphing with small beadheads like a red copper john, Lil’ Spanker or midge patterns is a good option. Try an Optic Nerve Hare’s Ear or Pheasant Tail as a lead fly with no split shot in the shallower water and drop the smaller nymph off of the back. A #14 Pheasant Tail has been very productive as well. There’s quite a bit of rock snot in spots, making it challenging to keep the nymphs clean. There may be midges in the afternoons, so look for sippers on the edges and in back eddy pools. BWOs may also be coming off in the afternoons as well if the wind doesn’t knock them down. Try a #18 parachute BWO, parachute adams, or purple haze along with a smallish size emerger. Also try fishing a small streamer like a Grinch with a beadhead nymph like a prince, hare’s ear, copper john or pheasant tail dropped off of the back. Look for March Browns to start showing up as the water temperature warms a bit more. You can float the lower river but be prepared to drag your boat in 3-4 spots. As of the writing of this report, FASs remain open for fishing following the guidelines for social distancing.