Fishing on the lower Stillwater River last Sunday was crowded. Seems like everyone who owns a rod is anxious to get out and wet a line. Most folks, it seemed, had to settle for warm, calm weather since the fishing seemed to be pretty slow. I landed one fat, bright rainbow on a silver beadheaded nymph and lost one other. I also picked up a few whitefish.
The water temperature is still pretty cold, yet there were midges hatching and a few March brown caddis fluttering around. Despite the sight of the flies, though, I never saw any fish rising. More warm weather this week could mean things will start picking up.
So pack up your rod and take a trip to find out.
Brett French, The Billing Gazette Outdoors Editor, www.BillingsGazette.com