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MikeRob
06-01-2009, 12:39 PM
I had recently read a post about fishing on sams creek. I was under the impression that this was one of the closed streams. Was it one that they reopened. Would love to fish it if it is open.

GrouseMan77
06-01-2009, 12:43 PM
It is open.

pineman19
06-01-2009, 12:43 PM
MikeRob,

Sams Creek is open to fishing. I can't remember when they opened it back to fishing, but I know it was open last season as well.

Good luck, Neal

PeteCz
06-01-2009, 02:48 PM
It reopened late May 2008

old tom
06-01-2009, 04:36 PM
It reopened late May 2008

And in May 2009 it fished superbly.

PeteCz
06-01-2009, 05:01 PM
And in May 2009 it fished superbly.

Of course, now that its June 2009...it probably won't fish anywhere near as well....
;)

old tom
06-01-2009, 05:18 PM
Of course, now that its June 2009...it probably won't fish anywhere near as well....
;)

Well Pete, you should have stayed on your side of the hill instead of coming over to NC and terrorizing our poor little fish on Deep Creek.

Seriously, Younger Tom is trying to get me to make that trip down to #53, but I'm a little apprehensive. I'm 62, but in reasonably good shape. I think I can do it if I just hike back up my at my own pace and take ample breaks along the way.

PeteCz
06-01-2009, 07:14 PM
Well Pete, you should have stayed on your side of the hill instead of coming over to NC and terrorizing our poor little fish on Deep Creek.

Tom, even though I live in TN, I have to admit that I prefer the NC streams. I actually don't even have a TN license right now. I purchased a full year NC out-of-state license and other than trips into the park, I haven't fished in TN.
:eek:

As for your questions about the hike into Upper Deep Creek down to CS#53, I must say it is hard. I don't want to overplay it, but it is. The hike between #60 and #59 is no piece of cake, so if you can do that relatively easily, you have a shot at it (and yes you will need to take it at your own pace). The hike from #53 to US441 is about 1500' and while the elevation profile in the Brown Book makes it look fairly consistent, it ain't! I think the last 1.25 miles is almost 1000'. I have no basis for that, other than to say it feels twice as hard as the 2.75 miles leading up to it.

I think its more doable as a long day trip (read: light load), than as a camping trip. But that's my opinion. If you want any more info about the hike or the fishing, shoot me an email: petecz@charter.net, I'd be happy to give you more particulars. Now about that Hall cabin...

old tom
06-01-2009, 09:51 PM
Sorry to hijack your thread MikeRob. Go fish Sams Creek. It's an easy hike in and it actually fished better on the lower end than when we got a mile or so up the stream. I'd advise taking a partner with you too. There was high water when we fished it and we both went for a swim that day.

5 WT
06-01-2009, 10:56 PM
Last summer the cable and no fishing sign was still up. (where it flows into the thunderhead) Is it still up?

GrouseMan77
06-02-2009, 09:08 AM
The cable was up a couple months ago but I don't recall seeing a sign.

old tom
06-02-2009, 11:13 AM
Last summer the cable and no fishing sign was still up. (where it flows into the thunderhead) Is it still up?

I couldn't say. We fished both streams, but by-passed the confluence of Sams and Thunderhead. We certainly didn't see any closed signs and talked to one group of 3 and one single on our hike in and a husband and wife on the way down. So there were plenty of folks fishing two Wednesdays before Memorial Day weekend.