Stillwater River Fishing Report
The Stillwater River is not the best winter fishing option. It tends to ice up and the fish seek the slower deeper pools. If you can find open water focus your efforts on nymphing the slower deeper water with general nymph patterns. The usual patterns for a two-fly nymph rig will suffice. A larger stonefly up top for weight/profile and a smaller flashier nymph behind it. Look for more and more open water as the temps rise in the spring time.
The Month Ahead:
Fishing will be tough for most of the winter with ice shelves and slush. Look for open water to start popping through the ice later on in the spring.
Long Term Fishing Forecast:
The Stillwater is a relatively cold river and isn’t as productive as some other fisheries in the region in the winter months. April will result in better results but we wouldn’t recommend a long drive to get there until later in the spring when water temps produce more active fish.