East Fork of the French Broad River


The East Fork has all the great characteristics of a classic mountain stream.  Changes in elevation, an abundance of big rock bottom & some great long runs provide a great variety of fishing opportunities.  The main DH section runs alongside of East Fork road providing relatively easy access from a number of roadside parking spots.  The upper DH section is often overlooked and tends to see less fishing pressure.  It can be challenging though as the stream is much narrower with lots of hungry fly-munching trees all around.

Be respectful of landowners along this stream.  Access to the water through their property is a privilege.  A little courtesy goes a long way to keeping this open for us all to enjoy.


The standard DH assortment will suffice.  Streamers like wooly buggers or attractor nymph & egg patterns are always good, as well as an assortment of dry fly patterns in 12-16 size range.


Head on in to Brevard for a nice selection of lunch options.  Several fast food choices are available.  Stop at The Cardinal for an “old school” drive-in experience, or grab a burger @ Dugan’s Pub.  Not hungry?  Both Dugan’s and the Oskar Blues tasting room also have a good selection to quench your thirst after a hard day on the water.

Info Sheet

Download the East Fork information sheet.