Rainbow trout are not the
headline species in Deep
Creek - brown trout are.
Deep Creek Watershed:
Fly Fishing the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Description:
Deep Creek is a relatively large stream located at  Bryson City, North Carolina. The
stream flows from the park and immediately through Bryson City where it enters the
Tuckaseegee River. Deep Creek is one of the better brown trout streams in the
Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

S
tream Size:
Compared to other streams in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Deep
Creek is a large stream.

Accessibility:
The first couple of miles of stream inside the park is very accessible. Deep Creek
Campground is located just inside the park. From the campground you can follow
the Deep Creek Road Trail for just over two miles. From there upstream, you can
only access the stream from the Deep Creek Trail. The trail runs alongside the
stream off and on for the first two to three miles upstream from the campground.
There are eight backcountry campsites along this stream.

Species:
Brown and Rainbow trout are both present in the lower portions of Deep Creek and
brook trout in the uppermost portions.

Average Fish Size:
The average size of the trout in Deep Creek and its tributary streams is as large as
any in the park. Since the stream has a lot of brown trout, the average size is
probably larger than most streams in the smokies.

Popularity:
The lower portion of Deep Creek, the first two miles, is a very popular place for
tubers, especially during the warmer months of the year. The first few miles or so
upstream from the Deep Creek Trailhead is also very popular. The upper parts of
the stream is popular with those that like to camp and fish but is difficult to fish
within a day.

Difficulty:
The main feature of Deep Creek, its large brown trout, are difficult to catch as
always
. The lower sections of the stream is generally more difficult to fish than the
uppermost parts. The trout in the uppermost parts and tributary streams are
usually easier to catch than those in the lower part of the stream.

Tributary Streams:
Deep Creek has several tributary streams.

Indian Creek:
Indian Creek is a small tributary that enters Deep Creek just over a mile upstream
of the campground. It's accessed from the Indian Creek Trail for the first four miles
upstream of its confluence with Deep Creek. The stream has mostly rainbow trout.

Pole Road Creek:
Pole Road Creek is a small tributary stream that is located seven miles upstream
of the campground near campground #55. Rainbows are the main species in the
stream. It can be accessed from the Pole Road Trail.

Left Fork of Deep Creek:
The Left Fork of Deep Creek is a medium size tributary stream that supplies the
main flow of Deep Creek with much of its water. Both brown and rainbows are
present in the lower portions of the stream. Brook trout are present in its upper
reaches. Campsite #55 is near its confluence with Deep Creek. The left fork has
two main tributaries. It's located just over seven miles upstream of the
campground. The stream has no formal trail that follows it.

Rocky Fork:
Rocky Fork is a small tributary stream with brown and rainbow trout. Rocky Fork is
accessible from highway #441 via the Deep Creek Trail.

Sahlee Creek:
Sahlee Creek is one of the uppermost tributaries of Deep Creek. It's accessible
from  highway #441 which requires about a two mile hike.

Comments:
This is one of the better brown trout streams in the park. Although the lower couple
of miles of stream inside the park can be good, we recommend spending some
time hiking upstream.

Copyright 2011 James Marsh
Deep Creek
Rainbow Trout
Although the lower two miles
of the stream inside the park is
visited by a lot of people,
fishing can still be rather good
at times
Another Rainbow trout:
A Nice Rainbow Trout: These
are plentiful in Deep Creek. Not
very far upstream, brook trout
begin to show up.
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Water Levels: The water in the
above image is low. The image
below shows a more normal
stream level.