Fishing Report Updated September 18, 2022
This Stillwater River fishing report is valid September 18 through September.
The Stillwater is now too low to float with any size raft upstream from the Rosebud confluence. Downstream, it’s still possible to float with two-man whitewater rafts or three-man ultralight rafts, though even these craft will need to be dragged over some gravel bars.
Early mornings will be slow. Nymph the deep runs with a Girdle Bug and either a BWO nymph or some type of slender attractor such as a Delektable Spanker or Lightning Bug.
From around 10:00AM until late afternoon, look for Tan Drakes (Drake Mackeral) and BWO. It also makes sense to fish big or small mayfly attractors (#12 Royal Wulff Cripple, #16-18 Hazy Cripples) as searching patterns, with or without a hatch. On warmer, brighter days, midsize hoppers (#10-12 peach, pink, or yellow/brown Bob Hopper) with one of the above attractors underneath will also work.
The Stillwater can also be a very good streamer river at this time. Fish a modest-sized Zonker or Woolly Bugger either under an indicator or under a short sink-tip. Don’t hesitate to “high-stick” your streamers in narrow slots, particularly while floating.
Our next Stillwater River fishing report will drop in early October.
Stillwater River Fishing Report Relevant Links
- Absarokee Streamflows: Flows over 4000cfs get sketchy above Absarokee. Flows 4000-2000 are best floated above Absarokee. 2000-1200 are good everywhere. 1200-800 are best below Absarokee but doable above. 800-450 are doable downstream of Absarokee, with the precise cutoff between 500 and 450 depending on how much weight is in your raft and how willing you are to drag the boat through shallow areas.
- Absarokee Weather