[ARCHIVE] Stillwater River Report 7/6/2020
Stillwater 7/6: Flows have dropped and cleared. There still can be some stain coming in from the Rosebud below Absarokee, but other than that the river is clear throughout. It’s rounding into excellent post runoff shape. Nymphing in the morning with rubber leg patterns has been productive working the main river. The nymphs are plentiful, so our guides have been having success fishing stonefly nymphs and rubber leg patterns like a girdle bug or pat’s rubber leg. Some salmon flies have started to be seen here and there on the upper river, so start to look to fish them. Golden stones are starting to appear as well, so bigger dries will start to get some attention as the water warms up by late morning. Yellow sallies have been popping as well, so fish a double dry setup with a bigger dry like a purple haze, PMX or stimulator with a smaller yellow sally pattern trailed off of the back. A smaller size Jack Cabe has been working as well fished as part of a double dry setup. Water temperatures are starting to creep up into the mid-60s, so it’s time to be mindful to plat and land fish promptly.