Stillwater River Report 05/07/18

With warmer weather, flows have started to climb and add some color. Runoff is likely on its way now. If the lower river is off color, consider wade fishing the upper river above Absarokee which usually stays clearer longer. Caddis started showing up in larger number over the last week and if it’s clear enough, the fish may be on them. Try a darker body size 14 for the dry fly and a size 14-16 green or olive pupa or emerger. Nymphing is always a good bet with black, brown and coffee colored rubber leg patterns like girdle bugs and Pat’s rubber legs, as well as similar colored stonefly patterns along with a beadhead trailer fly like a prince nymph, hare’s ear, batman or pheasant tail. As flows climb and get off-color, a san  juan worm, rubber leg, or black bugger on the edge is a good pattern. In off-color water, use a color contrast of darker color patterns like black buggers or the Grinch either dead drifted or stripped. At some point the river is likely to run high and off-color and will be best to just stay away from it in those conditions and look for smaller tributaries, tailwaters and lakes.

By Chris Fleck River Reports