[ARCHIVE] Stillwater River Report 9/14/2020
Stillwater 9/14: After bumping up last week, flows have dropped back down in the 500cfs range; still floatable in the lower sections. Although it’s slowed down a bit, hopper fishing will still continue to be good most afternoons as it warms up. Big dries like PMXs, Stimulators, Jack Cabe and smaller size chubbies in size (10-14) and hopper patterns like Fat Franks in peach, purple, gold, olive and tan have been working well too. Dropper nymphs have been successful with smaller size prince nymphs, pheasant tails, red copper johns, and Lil’ Spankers 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, optic nerve, or batman have been productive as well. Later in the afternoon, there may be some 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. Searching likely water with a smaller dry fly like a purple haze, royal wulff or parachute adams will likely produce as well.