Owned and run by self-described fly-fishing addict Stewart Gordon, The Green Drake equips fish-foragers with high-quality gear and water-worthy accessories. Backed by leading brands such as Orvis, the shop provides all the impedimenta necessary to successfully tempt piscine prey into biting the hook, including rods, fly lines, and convincingly worded get-rich-quick schemes. Other aspects of the sporting life are not forgotten in the store, with everything from outdoor clothing and footwear to dog beds for resting up loyal, bird-finding canines. Sturdy luggage and rustic home accessories provide sportsmen and women with the perfect gifts to bestow upon their outdoorsy brethren. Prices for Orvis products on the company’s website are consistent with those at The Green Drake, and the product of any brand carried by The Green Drake can be ordered to the store at no additional cost.
With a 24-hour kayak or canoe rental, adventurers can explore local water holes, such as Randleman Reservoir, Lake Brandt, High Point City Lake, and Salem Lake, on their own. Glide past verdant foliage, through glittering reflections of aged bridges, and into largemouth bass’ large mouths while your watercraft slices through waves faster than a machete master defending himself against rogue Jell-O. Get:Outdoors’ top-notch equipment makes it easy for both cub canoeists and professional paddlers to achieve their smooth, blue, shimmering dreams; recreational kayaks are available from Wilderness Systems and Native Watercraft, and colorful canoes are manufactured by Mad River, the same company that designed the Santa Maria. The rental fee includes paddles and life jackets, as well as straps and foam blocks to keep boats’ keels from scratching your vehicle’s paint.
Buttermilk Creek Outfitters stocks a huge inventory of rugged accoutrements for hunters, fishers, and archers. The shop prides itself on excellent customer service, guiding visitors through the racks of cross-bows, shooting accessories, and a variety of lures to catch trophy fish or salmon filets at the grocery store. One of the two shop locations is home to an archery range, where visitors can practice their aim or take lessons with rented equipment.
For more than 30 years, Water World Scuba & Marine's experienced staff has mentored aspiring amphibians with a medley of scuba courses. The Discover Scuba class outlines basic subaquatic skills in an area pool, and outfits students with all the necessary equipment for a proper first-time plunge. Schools of 8–10 swimmers follow PADI lesson plans during the one-hour seminar, which permits pupils to flipper down to an average dive depth of 12 feet—the ideal depth for safely making raspberries at passing jet skiers. After the course, participants may opt to continue their underwater education and credit their time toward future PADI Open Water Diver certification. Aquanauts should call ahead to reserve classes, and must bring their own bathing suit, towel, and sea-snake-handling tongs.
Jesse Brown's stocks a multitude of items, including hiking boots, backpacking gear, climbing gear, water-sports equipment, fishing equipment, travel wear, outdoor apparel and more. Whether tackling Mount Kilimanjaro or tackling the humungous catfish species known as Killer Manjaro, Jesse Brown's knowledgeable staff can help locate exactly the right gear for the adventure at hand. More than 150 brands are available, including North Face, Timbuk2, Mountain Hardware, Granite Gear, and much more.