[ARCHIVE] Stillwater River Report 5/11/2020
Stillwater 5/11: Cooler weather has dropped and cleared the flows. If it doesn’t rain too hard, a window should remain to fish before runoff. For wade fishing it’s usually best to go above the Rosebud confluence for clearer water. The river is floatable throughout although the upper river is recommended for experienced oarsmen only. The water temperature is still cold, but as it warms up again look for March Browns and Caddis to still be appearing. Try fishing a dry/dropper setup with a smaller stimulator, jack cabe, purple haze or march brown with a caddis pupa dropper nymph. The number one March Brown dry fly pattern is Trina’s Carnage Drake March Brown in size 14. Nymphing has also been productive with everything from a girdle bug or stonefly pattern, to san juan worms and small beadheads like a red copper john, optic nerve, batman, North Fork Special, Lil’ Spanker or midge patterns taking fish. In higher, off color water fish bigger rubberleg patterns or the san juan worm. For streamer fishermen, the Grinch is always #1. In off color water try a darker body color streamer for contrast. Get out and hit it now as things are not likely to hold up once we get a sustained shot of warm weather, particularly nights, or rains set in.