[ARCHIVE] Stillwater River Report 08/19/19
Flows have dropped on the upper river and are declining gradually on the lower river below the Rosebud confluence. The upper river above Absarokee is bony and should only be tackled by experienced oarsmen. Fishing has been good in the mornings. Nymphing is a good way to go, or use a long dropper with a beadhead nymph like a pheasant tail, copper john, batman, or prince nymph off of a searching dry fly pattern like a Jack Cabe, PMX, Stimulator, or Purple Haze. Typically by late morning, fish are looking to eat the small dry fly on top. Smaller dries like a PMD, Caddis or purple are working well in the afternoon. Look to fish smaller hopper patterns too like a Fat Frank, Yeti, or Yellowstoner in peach, pink, grape or olive body colors. For streamer fishermen, never leave home without the Grinch in the box. Try the Electric Goldfish or a basic black wooly bugger too.