Stillwater River Report 7/31/2017

Flows on the Stillwater are now running about normal year to date. Float fishing has continued to be excellent. The upper river is starting to get a bit boney for floating, so most anglers are starting to float the lower river. Wade fishing the upper river remains a good option.

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 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. There may be some caddis late in the day as well. As the afternoon goes on, fish are coming up for the big dry, particularly on days where there is a little afternoon cloud cover. Streamer fishing with the Grinch or a black or olive bugger will produce as well.

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

By Chris Fleck River Reports