Lenoir, North Carolina was where the idea of opening a full service fly shop came to mind. My wife Anne and I knew the area we were in at that time was not the ideal location to support a fly-fishing business so we were patient with our ideas. In February of 2000 I noticed an advertisement in the Orvis newsletter looking to establish a dealer in Winston-Salem, N.C. I quietly researched the idea of a Winston-Salem dealership and four months later The Green Drake opened its doors to the fly-fishing community.
Although we began carrying strictly Orvis and Filson products we have expanded our lines to include some of the industries leading fly fishing manufacturers. The Green Drake offers clothing and gear from Simms, Sage, fishpond, Wapsi fly tying materials, Umpqua, Rio, Redington, Ross Reels and, of course, Orvis and Filson.
My history consists of fly-fishing and being outdoors. It has been a way of life for my family and me since I was big enough to hold a fly rod.
My history consists of fly-fishing and being outdoors. Growing up in Laurinburg, NC afforded me the opportunity to chase bass and bluegills on many local ponds and lakes as well as trips to the mountains and to the NC coast. Following bird dogs with my Dad was also a huge part of my life and thankfully, kept me in the woods as often as possible. It has been a way of life for my family and me since I was big enough to hold a fly rod. Our goal since we opened has been to extend that way of life on to our customers. We want to grow as a business and be the source of information and equipment for those who enjoy the outdoors as much as we do.
The Green Drake is a family owned and operated business and when you come into our store we hope that your experience is relaxing and memorable. We thank you for visiting our site and hope that we can be of service to you in the future.