Description of Water
The rainbow trout of Mill Creek were first stocked over a 100 years ago by the Frisco Railroad, with the last stockings occuring more than 50 years ago. Several miles of public water are available, most of which lies in the Mark Twain National Forest for exact information on public and private water contact the USFS Ranger Station (573-341-7475) in nearby Rolla, MO.
The stream itself is only 10-20 feet wide and canopied with thick brush and trees, backcasting can be tricky be ready to roll cast. In stretches featuring faster water anglers can work up the middle making short little casts to the edges, underneath branches and along the undercut banks. Most of the wild rainbows are in the 6-10 inch range, a few smaller and every once in a while a bigger. These little wild trout seem to be aggressive feeders when not spooked, eager to take a well presented dry fly. The recent droughts have had an impact on this fishery. My last trip to this fisher (January 2003) did not produce a fish, nor did we spot any fish. It is the opinion of most fly fishermen that had frequented this water in the past, that it will take several years to see if this stream can rebound from the drought.
Popular Access Points
- Bohigian Conservation Area Walk-In Access (Google Earth Download) (Garmin Waypoint Download)
- Wilkin’s Spring Walk-In Access (Google Earth Download) (Garmin Waypoint Download)
- Forest Service Road 7550 Walk-In Access (Google Earth Download) (Garmin Waypoint Download)
Maps of Stream
USGS Stream Flow Data
- There are no USGS Stream Gauges on this stream at this time.
Recommended Fly Patterns
- Mohair Leech (Size: 10)(Color: Olive)
- Crackleback (Size: 16)(Color: Sulphur or PMD)
- Elk Hair Caddis (Size: 18)(Color: Natural)
- Tungsten BH WoolyBugger (Size: 8)(Color: Black, Olive, or Brown)
- Tungsten Flashback BH Hare’s Ear Nymph (Size: 16)(Color: Natural)
Stream Specific Links