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Fly Fishing Deep Creek North Carolina
Deep Creek is one of the better brown trout streams in
Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It also has its
share of rainbows and brook trout inhibit its headwaters.
It is a fairly large stream relative to other streams in the
national park. The stream flows out of the park through
the little town of Bryson City and into the Tuckaseegee
River. Fly fishing Deep Creek throughly can take days
and that's just to cover just the major areas of the stream.
Deep Creek Campground occupies the lower section of
the stream which is accessible from the road for the first
couple of miles. Tubing is popular in the area of the
campground during the summer and tourist frequently
visit the first few miles of the lower section of the stream.
Beyond that, access isn't so easy and if anyone is there,
they are probably chasing trout.
There are several tributary streams that also have trout
including Indian Creek, Pole Road Creek, Sahlee Creek,
and Rocky Fork. The Left Fork of Deep Creek provides
most of Deep Creek's water. There are eight backcountry
campsites along Deep Creek making it a great for the
backpacker to fish.
The season is open year-round and trout can be taken
Spring is the time the aquatic insects hatch and the dry
fly fishing is at its best.
The stream generally fishes very well during the summer
months. The lower end can get on the warm side but the
upper parts of the stream stay cool throughout the year.
Fall is big brown trout time. They spawn in the fall and
become aggressive and easier to catch.
Trout can be caught all winter long as long as it isn't
terribly cold. Warm day in the fifties and higher are
common and good days to fish.
Fly Fishing Guide to Deep Creek
Fly fishing Deep Creek requires a variety of methods and
techniques depending on the species you pursue and the
area of the stream you are fishing. (Click Here To
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
4, 5 or 6 weight
Dry fly: 9 ft., 5 or 6X Nymphing: 71/2 ft.,
3 or 4X, Streamers 0-2X
Dry fly: 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 3 or 4X,
Best Fly Rods:
Perfect Fly Supreme Four, Superb Five
or Ultimate Six
For 4/5/6 fly line
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Floatants, KISS Strike Indicators
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.