Saturday, October 6, 2012

Deep Creek - A Scouting Trip

I made a last minute decision on Friday to take my 3 year old son on his first over night camping trip.  My goal was to see if such a trip could be accomplished with a 3 year old, and at the same time, I was interested in exploring some trout water.  Someone suggested the Nanty DH, so we packed up and drove up that way during the late afternoon.  When we got there, after a rather long drive, there were no camping spots; though there were plenty of fishermen.  We drove on down to Bryson City, and I found Deep Creek.  I had never been to Deep Creek.  The campsite itself is fairly typical of GSMNP sites - a lot of sites cramped together, a little expensive ($17 to pitch a tent), but perfect for the occasion.  We got there late.  We set a fire, rigged up camp, ate dinner, told some stories, and went to bed.  In the morning, we went for a short hike up Deep Creek Trail.  I brought my rod, but my boy was not all that interested in fishing, so I only tossed the line in the water twice, and then just admired the stream.  Deep Creek looks to be an outstanding stream for fly fishing.  It is wide enough for casting, and the flow is good for just about any style of fly fishing.  There are pools for buggers and big dry flies, runs for nymphs, and a slow enough flow to get a good drift on a standard dry fly. 

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