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Fly Fishing Little Piney Creek Missouri
Little Piney Creek is one of Missouri's best little spring
creek, wild trout streams. It's formed by several springs
and provides a few miles of trout fishing opportunities.
Lane Spring is the best known spring that forms Little
Piney Creek. It's located in the Lane Spring Recreational
Area of the Mark Twain National Forest.
The upper section of Little Piney Creek is classified by
the state of Missouri as Blue Ribbon Waters in order to
protect its wild rainbow trout population. Only artificial
flies and lures may be used in this section. Only one
trout that's over 18 inches may be taken and that's of
course, would be an exceptional catch. Just below that is
what the state calls the White Ribbon section. It is
stocked and trout can be taken from this section.
The Blue Ribbon section starts near the headwaters of
the stream but the most productive area of Little Piney
Creek is located near and downstream of the springs
near highway #63. There's access at the highway #63
bridge, Lane Spring Recreational Area, Milldam Hollow,
and Vida Slab.
Fly fishing Little Piney Creek is best during the Spring
and Fall months. Wild trout can be taken during the
Summer but low water can limit the habitat of the trout.
Long, light leaders and tippets are usually required and
more importantly, you must stay hidden for the trout.
Little Piney Creek has some aquatic insect hatches.
There's some Blue-winged Olives, Brown Drakes and a
few other species of mayflies along with several species
The White Ribbon section of Little Piney Creek starts at
Milldam Hollow and extends downstream to the county
road # 7360 bridge. The stocked trout do move
upstream from this area into the Blue Ribbon section
due to the cooler water.
Fly fishing Little Piney Creek can be good year-round.
Trout can be taken during the Winter on warm days.
Springtime is the best time for fly fishing Little Piney
Since the water is cooled by springs, it stays cool
enough for trout in the Blue Ribbon area but it can get
very low and clear at times..
Fall is a prime time to fish Little Piney Creek.
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