The Stillwater is cold and low. Ice flow and ice shelves are common on this river. If you do find a warmer hole in the weather, This is the time of year to break out the nymph stick or streamer stick. Freestone tactics are all you will need. Run your double nymph rig in the slow water and keep your flies going big to small. Try a stonefly or worm pattern to a midge or small attractor. Streamer fishing will be most effective with leeches and other small bite size offerings. Beware of ice flow and ice shelves out here. Safety first!
Dries: Purple Haze: 12-18, Renegade: 16-18-20, Griffiths Gnat: 18-20, Matts Midge: 18, adams parawulff: 16-18, CDC Emerger pink: 16-20,
Nymphs:Soft hackle Pheasant Tail: 16-18-20 Mega Hare's Ear: 6-8 Mega Pheasant Tail: 6 Mega Prince: 4-6-8 Mr Rubberlegs Brown Stone: 6-8 Copper John Yellow, Blue, Red, Lime: 12-14-16 Lightning Bug Pearl, Gold, Silver: 14-16-18 Purple Berger: 14-16 Crystal PT Pearl, Rust: 14-16-18 , Wire Worm: 6, San Juan: 8-12, Pats Rubber Legs: 8-12
Streamers: Sparkle Minnow and articulated Sparkle Minnow; JJ colors (brown/yellow) JJ Specials Black ,Olive Sex Dungeon: 2 Black Home invader: 2 Black, CH Bow River Bugger Black, Brown: 2-4-6 Stinger Sculpin Tan: 4 Silvey's Sculpin Black, Olive, Tan: 2 Flash Fry Whitefish: 2 Bling Minnow Pearl & Gold: 4, Baby Gonga: 8
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