Stillwater River Report 06/4/18
Flows have been fluctuating in response to weather patterns. When the river is on the drop, although still on the high side, the upper river has been clear enough to fish. Fish the very edge seams. Nymphing is likely the best option, with black, brown and coffee colored rubber leg patterns like girdle bugs and Pat’s rubber legs, or a san juan worm as well as similar colored stonefly patterns along with a beadhead trailer fly like a prince nymph, hare’s ear, batman or pheasant tail. In off color water, use a color contrast of darker color patterns like black buggers or the Grinch either dead drifted or stripped. There is still a great deal of runoff ahead of us, and the river will likely come up a few more times in response to temperatures and rain events. Look for smaller tributaries, tail waters and lakes to fish in the meantime.