Stillwater and Yellowstone Flyfishing River Reports

[ARCHIVE] Stillwater River Report 8/31/2020

Stillwater 8/31: Flows have stabilized in the 500cfs range. Cooler temperatures, particularly nights, should help water conditions too. Float fishing is pretty much confined to Jeffrey’s Landing and below. Hopper fishing has continued to be good most days. Anglers are picking up fish on big dries like PMXs, Stimulators, Jack Cabe and smaller size chubbies in the early morning to midafternoon. Smaller size (10-14) hopper patterns like Fat Franks in peach, purple, gold, olive and tan have been working well too. Other patterns like a smaller Otter Hopper or parachute hopper are good choices too. Dropper nymphs have been successful with smaller size prince nymphs, pheasant tails, red copper johns, and Lil’ Spankers are picking up fish. 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 like a prince or batman has been productive as well. Later in the afternoon, look for caddis. A smaller size stimulator or Jack Cabe 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 also been effective as a big dry pattern.

By Chris Fleck River Reports