[ARCHIVE] Stillwater River Report 7/20/2020
Stillwater 7/20: Flows have dropped and cleared throughout except for some color kicking in at the Rosebud that takes some distance to mix and clear. Wade fishermen should head for the upper river where flows are lower. Fishing on the lower river is excellent right now. Bigger dries like PMXs, Stimulators, Jack Cabe and smaller size chubbies have been taking fish throughout the morning into midafternoon. Dropper nymphs like smaller size prince nymphs and red copper johns, and Lil’ Spankers are picking up fish as well Straight nymphing with a double nymph setup of a bigger rubber leg like a girdle bug or pat’s rubber leg along with a smaller beadhead nymph has been productive as well. There may be an afternoon lull in the heat of the day. Later in the afternoon, look for caddis. A smaller size stimulator should get some action. Another good combination has been to fish a double dry setup with a purple haze as a lead spotter fly trailed by a size 14 Jack Cabe or stimulator. Stillwater fish love the Jack Cabe. The rubber leg variant has been effective as a big dry pattern. The upper river is getting pretty bony for float fishing so is only recommended for a light load and experienced oarsman. Water temperatures on the lower river are heating up, so play and land fish promptly.