Our home river, the North Fork is a wide-open stream well suited for fly fishing. Like its sister to the west, the North Fork runs through a deep, rocky gorge, plunging over several major waterfalls on its way to the mainstem of the French Broad near our shop. Several unmarked trails lead into the gorge from Hwy. 215, but they are not for the faint of heart. Likewise, wading can be sketchy at higher water levels. The river’s fast runs and dark holes are home to browns and rainbows averaging 10 inches, but many quality fish are taken by bait fishermen and skilled fly anglers each year. Heavy stonefly nymphs and streamers are effective year-round. Above Macedonia Church Road, the river bisects private land in Balsam Grove and is heavily posted. The North Fork is regulated as Wild Natural Bait, allowing the harvest of four fish per day.