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David Knapp
07-21-2008, 09:56 AM
I packed in to Deep Creek this past weekend and finally found a good fish. This brown hit one of my softhackle creations and was in a fairly small pocket about 100 feet above a nice pool. The fish tried every trick in the book and ran under several rocks before I finally subdued it in the calm waters of the pool below. I measured it against my rod and it went between 19 and 20 inches (not a true 20 incher but close). Not bad for a weekend trip...
http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk311/drknapp83/IMGP3241-1.jpg

jzimmerman
07-21-2008, 10:10 AM
Thats one heck of a fish! Good job!

ChemEAngler
07-21-2008, 10:20 AM
Congratulations on a great fish, and I know you have been working hard for one of those all summer. Sure is good to see all that hard work pay off...

Travis

Fly_Man_Bill
07-21-2008, 10:22 AM
Plateau Angler,

That is a great fish. Nice pics of the fish. I really like fishing Deep Creek. Has some great water on the lower end. I have caugt some nice fish on this stream but nothing like that Brown... Again super job.

May God Bless You... Romans 10:9

Bill

mtnman2888
07-21-2008, 12:27 PM
Congratulations on a very nice fish. Is 53 still closed? I have been wanting to do a trip there but it's been closed forever.

David Knapp
07-21-2008, 12:35 PM
53 is indeed still closed. I had kind of wanted to do the trip to there since its a lot shorter of a hike than going down to 54 but oh well. There wasn't much in the way of bear sign in the vicinity of 53 but back towards the ridge there were lots of fresh tracks in the trail...

Forgot to mention, if anyone goes to 54, beware the mice...they got into my bagels the first night...:mad:

jeffnles1
07-21-2008, 12:54 PM
Plateau,
Seriously nice fish!

Jeff

PeteCz
07-21-2008, 04:40 PM
David, That's a great fish!

Thanks for all of the Colorado info today as well. Hopefully we can find some of the fish you talked about...
;)

BlueRaiderFan
07-21-2008, 05:06 PM
What a HOG! That's big for the park from what I've seen.

mtnman2888
07-21-2008, 05:13 PM
Yeah justin and i had figured that something must be going on at 53 since it's been closed for several months now, maybe a momma bear and her cubs hanging around or something.

About the mice, i think they are the culprit of a small hole in my pack that led to another small hole in the ziploc bag that was holding my oatmeal. I hate rats!

brown trout man
07-21-2008, 07:39 PM
That was a nice brown n i wish i could fish that creek some day that sure was a nice brown.



brown trout man

Stonefly
07-21-2008, 09:38 PM
That photo should be a post card. Great fish David.

sb

Gerry Romer
07-21-2008, 11:40 PM
David --

You are having one heckuva summer!!! Congrats!

Gerry

jwebb541
07-22-2008, 08:06 AM
Congrats Man! The wild ones are always sweet. Nice fish

Dancing Bear
07-22-2008, 04:47 PM
PA,
How skinny was the water at 53? I'm thinking about hiking down and fishing up from there Saturday.
Nice fish BTW. I'm envious of the summer you're having. Do it all you can while you can.

RainbowWarrior1
07-22-2008, 11:16 PM
great looking fish. i have been wanting to can hit deep creek but havent had the time

David Knapp
07-23-2008, 11:36 AM
Dancing Bear, the water levels are great over on Deep Creek. The stream gets tight in places above 53 but there is (or at least was) plenty of water. I'd say with the rain we're getting this week it should still be fine...

Kevin_Thomas
07-23-2008, 09:04 PM
Holy Smoke, that's an awesome fish! I love the way those Browns in the park are long and lean. I managed 5 good fish on middle prong today in a couple of hours. The fish must have heard about the promotion in the fishing report and cut me some slack. We need to fish one evening next week. I'm no good Wednesday or Thursday. Let me know.

BTW... Thanks for the props Byron, it was an honor to have you there! I'll email you a pic of the guys punching me.

ttas67
07-24-2008, 11:35 AM
David - Killer fish!

Kevin - Congratulations! That's quite an accomplishment.

David Knapp
07-24-2008, 01:01 PM
Kevin, I'm actually about done here for the summer and won't be here most of next week. I might be able to squeeze something in Sunday afternoon if you're around...

Trevor, I've got those Tellicos whenever you want to get them...

elkhaircaddis
07-24-2008, 04:31 PM
what a pig!

Mac
07-25-2008, 11:13 AM
One of the nicest park fish I have seen. Never fished Deep Creek but I have read a few reports this year and has my interest. I have fish Hazel a few time. How does Deep Creek compare to Hazel? Do you prefer fishing Deep Creek head waters?

David Knapp
07-25-2008, 12:26 PM
Mac, I actually haven't fished Hazel so can't make a comparison between the two. Hopefully someone who has will chime in about that. As far as what section of Deep Creek I prefer, I honestly enjoy the whole stream. There is a lot of good water in the middle sections that are about an equal distance from either trailhead. The main thing about coming down from above is the crazy hike back out. There are plenty of good fish in the lower and middle sections and as you get higher there are lots of fish but mainly smaller ones. One of the biggest reasons I like Deep Creek so well is that there are lots of brown trout in that watershed. I catch far more browns over there than I do here on Little River...

old tom
07-26-2008, 02:57 PM
I think it's real difficult to say you prefer one over the other.

Deep Creek is easier to get to. You can catch specs near the headwater, so a slam is possible. But it has only one feeder stream worth mentioning - the Left Fork -and there is no trail except the stream itself.

Hazel Creek is more difficult to get to. But it offers multiple feeder streams - Sugar Fork, Bone Valley, Walker Prong. Specs also can be caught up above the Cascades.

Mac - If you've fished Hazel but not Deep Creek, I'd branch out and try something new. You can't really go wrong.

Jswitow
07-27-2008, 01:04 AM
David,
Congratulations on that fish! Soft Hackles always a good bet this time of year. Fitting end to what must have been a great summer. What year are you in college anyway? Hope you all do even better this year than last in Colorado.......... though from the pictures I remember seeing that is a tall order!
Best,
John