[ARCHIVE] Stillwater River Reports 08/20/18

As flows drop, the lower river is the best option for float fishing. The river above Absarokee is pretty bony and is tough rowing. Dry fly fishing is good as fish are eating the big dry with regularity by early afternoon. Stimulators, Jack Cabe, Chubbys and PMXs are good choices. Royal, Yellow, Orange and Olive are good body colors. Also try the Micro Chubbys in purple, tan and gold. They’re also hitting smaller dries like the Purple Haze with a good presentation, even with no actively rising fish. So, try trailing a smaller Purple Haze or Parachute Adams off of a spotter fly. Fish have been on a dropper nymph, like a prince nymph, hare’s ear, batman, red copper john or pheasant tail. If fish are hitting the big dry, particularly tight to the banks,  leave it off as it allows for better accuracy. Nymphing has also been producing, particularly early in the day. For information, the Stillwater River road remains closed at Midnight Canyon.

By Chris Fleck River Reports