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David Knapp
06-19-2010, 11:48 PM
Fished upper Deep Creek last weekend. I've been really busy this week but finally got a full report up on my blog. My cousin and I packed into #53 for Friday night and Saturday night. We fished from a little ways above #54 all the way up past #53 between Friday afternoon and Saturday, skipping about a half a mile in between. For those that want just the pictures, here are a few from the trip...

For those interested in the bugs, we saw good numbers of Golden stoneflies, various light colored mayflies (PEDs, Sulphurs, and Light Cahills or some combinations thereof), BWOs (very small), little yellow stoneflies, some unidentified larger mayflies that were probably Isonychias (but definitely not sure) and various caddis. Interestingly, the fish didn't seem to be looking for inch worms as the Green Weenie did very little to interest any fish. Best flies for me were a beadhead caddis pupa, Isonychia soft hackle (although didn't see any of the duns yet) and a Tellico nymph. For dries, stimulators and the Neversink caddis, all in yellow, were good.

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Crockett
06-20-2010, 12:34 AM
Great report David and I loved the part about the bees attacking your pack. I often use hiking poles and find they help a lot on the steep trails like bote mountain or deep creek. Some trails like the little river trail not as much although they do help in trecherous spots like crossing over rough creek right before you get to cs 24.

GrouseMan77
06-20-2010, 08:19 AM
Very nice report. It's been about a year since I made it over to the upper reaches of Deep Creek. That is a little too long...

rbreedi1
06-20-2010, 03:48 PM
Looks like a fun trip! Nice brownie

spotlight
06-20-2010, 10:44 PM
Great report I'm going to check out the blog now....wow that is a nice brown! I love Deep Creek.

knucklehead
06-20-2010, 11:50 PM
man, you guys found the fish. i went to the upper end of deep creek today(6/20) and hiked down from newfound gap to the first campsite. i was barely able to fish at all. water access from the trail seemed sketchy at best: nearly straight drop-offs, rhodo thickets and when i could hit the water, deep pools and massive boulders prevented my further exploration. i guess i was expecting a somewhat easier stream entrance. i did manage a couple of nice specs on a thunderhead. i gather downstream from the the first campsite is much more fishable and fisherman friendly. by the way, i found a still working watch nestled in a tree at the campsite. either of you lose the time? and great pics! needless to say, my experience was exactly the opposite of what ya'll had. i doubt i'll return...to that section.

David Knapp
06-21-2010, 08:38 AM
Knucklehead, neither of us took a watch so it wasn't ours... Next time, Walk down a mile or two below #53 and fish back up. Above the campsite it gets really tight quickly but below there is plenty of good water...

gmreeves
06-21-2010, 09:22 AM
Really nice report and fish. I enjoyed the full read on your blog.

Bran
06-21-2010, 02:34 PM
Thanks for taking the time to share those David, enjoyed that!!

knucklehead
06-22-2010, 12:25 AM
cool deal man. read your blog as well. bees still present. glad ya'll had a great time.

flyman
06-23-2010, 10:37 AM
That is a nice brown anywhere, beautiful color on that fish.:smile: I was always surprised at how far up the creek you could continue to catch fish like that. I can't believe you can hike in those sandals. :eek:

Jim Casada
06-23-2010, 01:05 PM
Knucklehead--There is more water access from the Deep Creek Trail above Poke Patch campsite than you may have realized. From the point where the trail first comes to the stream after the downhill trek from Hwy. 441, the trail never gets too far from the creek. You would almost certainly have noticed you could hear it to your right as you walked towards Polk Patch.

I would also note that there are two fine streams which feed the Right Fork of Deep creek in this area, Sahlee and Rocky Fork. Both come in from the west and both are home to specks in goodly numbers.

The tight quarters you mention are, I guess, just a matter of perspective. I've always consider Right Fork to be moderately open, although its upper reaches are much tighter than those of Deep Creek's Left Fork.

If you venture into this area again, I'd suggest taking the relevant USGS map along and paying close attention to the topography in the area where the trail reaches the creek (Beech Flats) as well as where the above-mentioned feeders are situated. On both the feeders you have to use the creek as your trail, but it's an off-trail expedition I highly recommend.

Jim Casada
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dalerio
06-24-2010, 01:17 AM
envy is thy name, for trip i wish thus had...............

Carlito
06-24-2010, 09:20 AM
Looks like ya'll had a great trip. Excellent photos!

PeteCz
06-25-2010, 11:16 PM
David, awesome report and blog post! I'm convinced that you could catch an 18" brown in a 5 gallon bucket of water with some twine, lint and a rusty paperclip...

Knucklehead, like Jim said, the creek is actually quite close to the trail, but it is cut-off in many spots by the rhodies and elevation. However, there are a few places that the stream is easy to access from the trail. As you are hiking down and in, there is a pretty good spot about .5 miles above 53 to get in/out of the stream. I usually leave my pack and/or some form of temporary marking scheme along the bank, so that I can go further downstream and fish up to it, knowing I have a spot to get out. You can fish for about 4 hours or more by going down to 53 and fishing up to this takeout point.

The key to fishing in areas like this is knowing where to get out. The same is true of many of the back country streams that are tough to navigate out of. Pick the spot you will get out first, and then find an entry point that you can fish up from. Once you have an exit spot, you should have no trouble fishing through any section...without worrying about how you will escape...

knucklehead
06-26-2010, 01:48 AM
you aren't kidding about the stream's proximity to the trail. once you hear it, it only gets louder. good idea about marking exits as well. i'll be giving that stretch another try, hopefully soon. also, i've had so many lucky slips in the hills where i could've broken something or worse that now i'm not going to tempt the slippery slopes unless i just absolutely have no choice. deep creek is an amazing place.