I hiked into Deep Creek (without pack) for the first time in April. This was my goal for losing weight and getting in better shape starting early January and I'm glad I prepared. Even without a pack, it was a tough hike out for a 57 year old.
I have to say that I've found equal or better fishing in other spots that, even though relatively remote, were easier to get to. But chances are I'll go back at some point just because it's Deep Creek.