Stillwater River Report 07/1/2019
The Stillwater continued its late spring and early summer pattern of fluctuation. Flows came up significantly the past weekend and were extremely swift, making for some challenging float fishing conditions. It should be stabilizing and start a downward tick. Nymphing a short leash set up on the edges has been the best option, with a darker body stonefly along with beadhead patterns like a prince nymph, red copper john, Lil’ Spanker, hare’s ear, batman or pheasant tail. Streamer fishing has been fair. It’s been tough but fish are starting to look up at the big dry flies like a Chubby, PMX or Jack Cabe with a beadhead nymph dropper in the softer inside water. As the water warms up just a bit more, a larger size Purple Haze fished as tight to the bank as you can get it can produce some nice fish when floating. The river will likely continue to fluctuate in response to temperatures and rain events for a while yet.