Stillwater River Report 9/4/2017

Flows are now running below 500cfs, and while still doable, float fishing can be a tough proposition. Some anglers have done well wade fishing on the upper river with smaller dry flies with an emerger of some sort. 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 Yellowstoner Chubby, Chubby Chernobyl, Fat Frank, PMX, stimulator or a Jack Cabe are taking fish too. There may be some occasional caddis, particularly later in the day.

As the afternoon goes on, fish are coming up for the big dry. The smoke and haze has created an overcast effect on the water. Fish are also hitting the small dry like a Purple Haze in the afternoon. Streamer fishing or dead drifting with the Grinch or a black or olive bugger between Jeffrey’s and Whitebird/Swinging Bridge has been productive most days too.

The Stillwater River road is now open for through traffic.

By Chris Fleck River Reports