Stillwater River Report 8/21/2017
After a slight spike from last week’s rain, flows on the Stillwater have dropped back down again and are now running about normal year to date. Fishing has been up and down and there has been some occasional off color water.
Unless you have a small, light craft, or don’t mind dragging your boat, 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 Yellowstoner Chubby, Chubby Chernobyl, Fat Frank, PMX, stimulator or a Jack Cabe are consistently taking fish.
The key is to have a heavy enough nymph to get it down in the strike zone. There may be some caddis late in the day. As the afternoon goes on, fish are coming up for the big dry, particularly on days where there is a little afternoon cloud cover.
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 on overcast days will produce as well. The Stillwater River road is now open for through traffic.