[ARCHIVE] Stillwater River Report 07/17/2017

Flows on the Stillwater have dropped, clarity has improved and the Stillwater has turned on, particularly floating the upper river. Nymphs like a prince, red copper john, hare’s ear, or bead head flashback pheasant tail set up on a long dropper off of a big dry like a Chubby Chernobyl, PMX, stimulator or a Jack Cabe are consistently taking fish. PMDs are coming off sporadically in the early afternoon and fish are hitting the small dry then.

As the afternoon goes on, fish are coming up for the big dry, particularly on days where there is a little afternoon cloud cover. If float fishing, a #12 Purple Haze thrown right on the banks has been the hot ticket. The streamer bite has been excellent too using the Grinch or a black or olive bugger.

The flows are still up, so use caution when wade fishing.

Remember that the Stillwater River road remains closed above Cliff Swallow due to a rock slide.

As always, give us a call, email or stop by the shop for an update on current conditions.

By Chris Fleck River Reports


  • Floated the upper yesterday from the mine down about 8 miles. Stopped and fished some deep holes.
    Caught (1) fish. I ask a few fellow anglers where I stopped and they to did not have a great day of fishing. The weather was perfect and it was a good day for fishing but not for catching.

    Reggie Jewett,
    • Thanks for the info Reggie. River is dropping and warming, likely affecting fish behavior too.

      Chris Fleck,
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