Little Piney River

Craig Peterson is seen here fishing a section of the Little Piney after a snow fall.

Craig Peterson is seen here fishing a section of the Little Piney after a snow fall.

Description of Water

The Little Piney Creek is one of the jewels of the wild trout streams in Missouri, and offers the chance for trout to survive year round as well as the neccessary habitat to support natural reproduction in some sections of the stream. In addition to the wild trout, the stream also recieves stockings of trout from the MDC (generally in the months between March and October). The majority of the stream runs through private land, however there are several public accesses that allow the outdoorsman access to this stream.

It is not all good for the Little Piney, as gravel mining has begun to take its toll on the stream as have the locals that use it as thier local trash dump. However, don’t let this stop you from visiting this wonderful trout stream within a short drive of Rolla.

Popular Access Points

  1. Lane Spring Walk-In Access (Google Earth Download) (Garmin Waypoint Download)
  2. Mill Dam Hollow Walk-In Access (Google Earth Download) (Garmin Waypoint Download)
  3. Vida Slab Walk-In Access (Google Earth Download) (Garmin Waypoint Download)
  4. Hwy 63 Walk-In Access (Google Earth Download) (Garmin Waypoint Download)

Maps of Stream

  1. Missouri Department of Conservation Map of Little Piney Creek

USGS Stream Flow Data

  1. USGS Stream Gauge (Little Piney Creek at Newburg, Mo.)

Recommended Fly Patterns

  1. Mohair Leech (Size: 10)(Color: Olive)
  2. Crackleback (Size: 16)(Color: Sulphur or PMD)
  3. Elk Hair Caddis (Size: 18)(Color: Natural)
  4. Tungsten BH WoolyBugger (Size: 8)(Color: Black, Olive, or Brown)
  5. Tungsten Flashback BH Hare’s Ear Nymph (Size: 16)(Color: Natural)

Stream Specific Links

  1. Weather.com Weather Forecast for Rolla, MO

Photos of Stream

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