Stillwater River Report 07/16/18
The Stillwater has dropped to a near optimal level for floating. Although the water temperature is still cold, dry fly fishing is on the cusp of really taking off! At one time or another during the day, PMDs, Yellow Sallies, Caddis and Golden Stones are all coming off. Fish are starting to eat the big dry with regularity. Stimulators, Jack Cabe, Chubbys and PMXs are good choices. You can fish a dropper nymph, but when they’re on the big dry, leave it off as it allows for better accuracy when casting tight to the banks. Nymphing early has been producing, and by lunch time, the dry fly action usually picks up. For nymphs, try a prince nymph, hare’s ear, batman, red copper john or pheasant tail. While the entire river is floatable, the river above Absarokee is probably the best bet as far as clarity and more manageable flows. It will likely continue to fluctuate in response to weather patterns and heat. For information, the Stillwater River road remains closed at Midnight Canyon.