Stillwater River Report 8/28/2017

Flows are running in the 600cfs range, that is about normal for this time of year. Fishing has been up and down and there has been some occasional off color water.

Float fishing is pretty much restricted to the lower river now, with the upper river too boney unless you have a small, light craft, or don’t mind dragging your boat. Wade fishing the upper river remains a good option though.

Nymphs like a prince, psycho prince, red copper john, hare’s ear, or beadhead flashback pheasant tail set up on a long dropper off of a big dry like a Yellowstoner Chubby, Chubby Chernobyl, Fat Frank, PMX, stimulator or a Jack Cabe are taking fish. The key is to have a heavy enough nymph to get it down in the strike zone. There may be some caddis late in the day.

As the afternoon goes on, fish are coming up for the big dry, particularly on days where there is a little afternoon cloud cover. Fish are also hitting the small dry like a Purple Haze in the afternoon. Streamer fishing or dead drifting with the Grinch or a black or olive bugger between Jeffrey’s and Whitebird/Swinging Bridge has been productive most days too.

The Stillwater River road is now open for through traffic.

By Chris Fleck River Reports