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John Desjardins 10-16-2001 09:05 AM

Stillwater scouting report
I had the morning free yesterday and spent it scouting the Stillwater river. From all the conversations with other anglers the run should be imminent. The fish are reported to be ripe and staged in the Stillwater basin.

Unfortunately there is little water flowing in the river, and fishing the stretch from the singing bridge to the mouth I did not see a redd or a fish. Many spots had only 3 -5" of water flowing through them. Rains are needed to be allow the fish upstream to spawn.

There is a beaver dam located between the singing bridge and the first downstream bend that will stop the upstream migration. This dam has backed up enough water that it probably affects the level that the USGS stream gage at the bridge reports. Two other partially breached dams are in the general area, but if the water comes up 6-12 " fish should be able to get past them. Given the dams and being soaked from yesterday mornings rain I did not scout upstream of the singing bridge.

juro 10-16-2001 02:30 PM

Thanks John, great report. Is there any way to find them in staged areas down in the basin?

John Desjardins 10-16-2001 02:47 PM


juro (10-16-2001 03:30 p.m.):
Thanks John, great report. Is there any way to find them in staged areas down in the basin?
Its doubtful to get them on a fly in the basin. Most of the area around the basin has a high bank, many bushes and you dont want to get caught wading there. When they move into the channel at the mouth of the river it will be possible to get them on the fly. I did not see them in the channel yesterday, but that area did have 18-24" of water so they may be there.

The other possibility is the Thomas basin which is 5 minutes away.

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