[ARCHIVE] Stillwater River Report 07/15/19

Crazy weather and frequent heavy afternoon and evening thunderstorms have kept the lower river in a state of flux. The upper river has remained generally clear with dropping flows. Look for golden stones and PMDs to be coming off. The upper river continues to see a few salmon flies too. Dry fly fishing has picked up with stimulators, Jack Cabes, PMX and Chubbies getting the job done for surface action. A dropper nymph like a bead head flashback pheasant tail, hare’s ear, red copper john, prince nymph or batman have been taking fish. Straight nymphing of runs and inside corners with a big rubber leg pattern like a girdle bug, bitch creek or Pat’s Rubberleg is always a good option. For streamers never leave home without the Grinch in the box. Try the Electric Goldfish or a basic black wooly bugger too. As flows stabilize and the water temperature continues to warm just a little, fishing should take off.

By Chris Fleck River Reports