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tjw37909
12-21-2009, 11:03 PM
I planned on doing Raven Fork tomorrow, but 441 is still closed. I have heard there are some good sized fish in Paint Creek. I think I will go give it a try tomorrow. Most of the posts on Paint Creek are a couple years old. Does anyone have any updated reports or advice. I plan to start out with the old trusty pheasant tail behind a tungsten prince.

Hugh Hartsell
12-21-2009, 11:40 PM
TJW,
They are there and some are very nice sized. Sometimes it can be combat fishing. Good luck.
Hugh

tjw37909
12-21-2009, 11:51 PM
Thank you Hugh. Hopefully being a weekday will help me out. I plan to fish some stretches that are harder to access for baitfishermen if there are any. I will post some pics if there are any.

BlueRaiderFan
12-22-2009, 11:34 AM
There are no trout in that creek.

tjw37909
12-22-2009, 05:25 PM
Well, I caught 9 fish from 9 to 14 inches. I had heard of much larger fish in there, but never even got a glimpse of one. The stream was much smaller than I was expecting. It is a beautiful stream, very shallow in most places. I did not expect it to be 10 degrees colder and still have 6 solid inches of snow there either. Made for a slow and cold start. A local guide still swears there are BIG fish in there. Maybe I did not go up far enough or something. I came in from HWY107 via gravel road then went upstream. Fished different stretches from the fishing pond all the way to a big intersection where the stream split. Not what I expected, but I caught some good looking fish and was not at work. Hard to beat that. If anyone knows I went the wrong way or wrong place let me know.

Hugh Hartsell
12-22-2009, 05:54 PM
tjw,
Did you follow the turnoff from the road thru Houston Valley (hwy 107) to the campground? Did you go downstream from there? That road is actually paved. I'm wondering if you crossed Paint Mountain on a gravel road and came in on the lower end of the creek, and then fished upstream? I'm not sure where you are talking about when you say that the stream split.
It is always cold down in that deep gorge and if you found any fish feeding with snow on the ground you are lucky. Congratulations on a decent day.
Hugh

Grannyknot
12-22-2009, 05:58 PM
Sounds like you fished a similar area to where I have been on a couple of occasions. I too have heard about, and one time saw a few big fish. My boss used to fish there back in the mid 90s and said that it used to be a good place to take some good "fish ****" pictures (huge stockers).

I have also heard from several different people that paint creek is ravaged by poachers during the stocking months and that it isn't uncommon to see people with gill nets standing on the road above big pools.

tjw37909
12-22-2009, 06:21 PM
Yep, that is the road Hugh. Drove across Paint Mountain and fished up to an intersection with the paved road you mention, then probably misunderstood where I was on the map they had posted. I wish the USFS marked things better. Would the fishing have been better if I had gone up?

Hugh Hartsell
12-22-2009, 07:02 PM
tjw,
Most of the fish are usually stocked in the upper 2 miles of stream and they wash downstream somewhat in high water. I imagine they have scattered pretty good this year. The section above the intersection is not delayed harvest and many wild fish used to exist in there and there were many nice browns. It did not look too good this year when I fished it a couple of times. Drought really did a number on that section for the last two years. Let's hope it comes back. That is prime Blackbird and Isonychia country. There is also a Green Drake hatch that takes place in there. You will hear it referred to as "The Gorge". It ends at a section called the Jeep Trail. Both sections are isolated and used to fish well. For a small creek, it produces more 20 inch browns than any stream that I have ever seen. Most of them are wild also. Keep trying it and let us know how you do.
Hugh

tjw37909
12-22-2009, 07:59 PM
Thank you again Hugh. I will go back and hit the upper part of the creek one day soon I hope. I will check the weather a bit closer before heading back.

Grampus
12-22-2009, 08:31 PM
I sampled it in early November and caught several in the 19-20" range. Many were parked on the bottom and unmoveable. I did best stripping wooly-boogers through likely spots, getting them to move.

I fished there a few years ago on Christmas Eve. It was so cold down in there, I actually walked across the stream in a few spots as it was frozen over.

Grampus

tjw37909
12-23-2009, 07:28 AM
I definitely must have just been too far down stream.

Grampus
12-23-2009, 09:27 PM
I fished no further than 2 miles down from the upper entrance. A habit developed when the road was blown out by a flood several years ago forcing fishermen to park and walk before repairs were made. It seems many of the questionable fishermen concentrate on the deep holes known to hold trout and keep 'em pretty spooked up. Try throwing a wooly booger through some of the flatter waters. Keep your eyes open for trout moving or following your fly, revealing their position.

tjw37909
I got a nephew in Cosby, Doug Stuart.

tjw37909
12-24-2009, 01:30 AM
Thank you Grampus. I hope to go back after Christmas when we have an overcast day to try to find one of those browns I have read about. I do not think I know Doug, but I am better with faces. I live right on the edge of Cosby at the Sevier County line in Rocky Flats and usually do not get out of the house at all unless I am fishing or headed to work in Gatlinburg.

nocona
12-25-2009, 11:59 PM
I talked to two different guys from the shop that both said we were too far down. Still some pretty fish though.

tjw37909
12-26-2009, 12:34 AM
Yea, that seems to be the general consensus. Next time we will go on upstream then. If the water ever goes back down that is.