fearnofishbob--Your Deep Creek experiences go almost as far back as mine. My first trip to Poke Patch (I know the campsites by name and can never remember the numbers) was in 1955. Since you've fished the Left Fork well above Keg Drive Branch, and in the "earlies," it's likely you saw the vestiges of Little Dam. This was about four miles up the Left Fork and was an old splash dam built by loggers. It is long since gone, thanks to the periodic heavy flooding which is the reason the Left Fork stays so wide open.