View Full Version : Upper Deep Creek 9-25, the reprise

Younger Tom
09-25-2011, 08:14 AM
My buddy Jeff came up on Friday evening and we headed down into upper Deep Creek, my second trip down there this week, but this was his first ever fly fishing effort. We hiked down much further than I did my first time and went in maybe 1/4 mile upstream of Poke Patch. We hit the water around 10:30. Water levels were good and gin clear, as was the sky above with the fog below us. Jeff fished an orange stimulator all day. I had the best luck with a yellow EHC.

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After a little instruction for Jeff, we started fishing and alternated holes. I had forgotten how slowly a newcomer fishes and how frustrating it can be trying to get the fly where you want it, setting the hook etc. We made slow progress. Jeff finally got a fish to hand. It was the biggest speck of the trip and this picture really does not do justice to the brilliant colors:

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We came across this benchmark in the middle of the stream. I've found a few websites with info on the benchmarks, but I can't figure out what information they need to retrieve the data about it. Anyone know anything about it? I assume 1929 was the installation year.

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I got into a couple more rainbows up there. After the trip on Thursday, I restocked some flies at the shop in Cherokee and the guy there said he had never heard of rainbows that far up Deep Creek. Are they making headway further upstream or had this guy just not talked to enough people?

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Notice his tail? Is this something that could have happened as a juvenile and not grown back, or would this be a recent injury? Kingfisher? Another fish?

I also went up Rocky Fork a good piece (thanks fearnofishbob). At the confluence it doesn't seem much smaller than Deep Creek, but it has a completely different character. It's a much steeper, faster stream. It was certainly very dark when I was in there and very few rocks have moss growing on them. They're mostly bare & slick. The fish I caught were smaller on average than the ones on Deep Creek.

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We got back to our packs and swapped boots for the hike out around 5 and motored back up to the car. We met Old Tom at the Nantahala Brewery and got ourselves a pitcher of Noon Day IPA and coupled that up with a pizza from Anthony's. Jeff is fairly well hooked on trout fishing now. He ended up close to double digits for the day, which isn't bad for someone who had to learn to cast & set a hook that day.

09-25-2011, 11:45 AM
Looks like you had another great day younger tom, I'm glad your friend had a successful day as well. Yes Rocky is a little different but I thought you would appreciate it and like to have the Rocky experience. I have caught bows as high as where the trail makes a sharp turn uphill at the base of the mountain. There used to be a cabin up that prong that was used by Reuben Robertson ( founder of the old Champion Papers in Canton N.C. )This is a story that I was told, it was taken or fell down after the park was formed. IF you really want a great fishing experience you need to fish the left hand prong.......if you are interested let me know and I'll give you directions on how to get there from Poke Patch ............Bob