Kayak and Fly Fishing Outfitter located in the Nantahala Gorge – the premier outdoor destination in western North Carolina.
What’s so special about our Outdoor Store? No fluff – you walk in and know that you’ve found a store that is focused on bringing you tried and true gear. We are stocked for boaters and fly fishermen – and staffed by a team that knows their stuff – because they are out using what we carry.
Liquidlogic Kayaks: Demo and Buy
We are proud to represent this great line of whitewater kayaks. We have a full demo center for you, including:
We say “demo and buy” because after you paddle a Liquidlogic boat, of course you are going to want to take one home that day!! We carry all the great designs and colors that Liquidlogic has to offer. Come browse the boat room – it’s like being a kid in a candy store.
The Fly Fishing Loft
A dedicated section of our store featuring equipment that you will want to be using out on the river. Our hand-tied flies are stocked and we keep an updated list of which flies are doing well for this time of year. And when he is not out guiding or fly fishing himself, our “fish whisperer” and head guide Ken is here to offer advice to help you with the local fishing.
Need a fishing license?
Stop in and we can set you up. In North Carolina you can chose between a short term (10-day) or annual license. Don’t forget – you need a trout stamp with your license when fishing in western North Carolina.
ERA staff is on the water every day and so is our gear. Here is why we like what we carry….
Why do we Feature Astral?
~Astral shoes keep us ssteady on our feet when jumping around on river rocks
~The shoes are unique, necessary, and they look good.
~Astral factories are safe, their materials are non-toxic, and their waste is minimal.
Why Do We Feature AT?
~AT is the only paddle that is ergonomically shaped to fit your hand.
~AT paddles have a lower swing weight and more torque than other paddles.
~Like us, they are inspired by whitewater.
Why Do We Feature Immersion Research?
~Because like ERA, IR is run and staffed by expert paddlers.
~Because they love every aspect of the business- the good, the bad, and the ugly.
~Their dry tops not only keep you dry, but come in great colors.
Why Do We Feature NRS?
~Because you would never know they aren’t small when you talk to them on the phone.
~They understand boaters sometimes have small budgets – but need quality stuff.
~NRS started as one man with $2000, a garage and a dream; and that’s just cool.
Why Do We Feature Stohlquist?
~Because Jim Stohlquist was one of the first to create gear especially for kayaking.
~Jim has always been deliberate in every detail of his design, so when Stohlquist comes out with a product it has been tested – to this day often by Jim himself!
Why Do We Feature Shred Ready?
~Shred Ready’s helmets are solid – but look good.
~They realize that sometimes the work can wait – especially if the river is running.
~ Because they make a great product and aren’t afraid to go the extra mile.
Why Do We Feature WRSI?
~Because “to promote whitewater safety and save lives…” is their mission.
~Because these helmets are used on rescue missions and in tactical pursuits.
~WRSI’s Trident is HOT!
Why Do We Feature Sweet?
~Because in Trysil in the 80’s the only way to get their hands on a helmet was to make it.
~Because “stronger, lighter, better”, love for outdoor sports, and friendship is what their company is built on.
~Their paddling gear is top-of-the-line
Why Do We Feature SnapDragon?
~The founder, Rich Wilson still spends half of his day at the sewing machine.
~Because when we call them, we are likely to talk to Rich himself, and always receive the help we need.
~Like us, they are a small company with a passion for kayaking and having fun!
Why Do We Feature Scientific Anglers
~ Scientific angler lines are some of the best on the market.
~ They have provided high quality line for all fishing applications.
~ They have a good line of quality reels that are affordable.
Why Do We Feature TFO?
~ Quality rods for all types of fly fishing applications.
~ Great no fault warranty.
~ Everything from good low cost rods to higher end rods.
Need to Look for Used Kayak Gear?
We get that you cannot always deck out in brand new gear right away. For that reason we offer up a place on our porch for used boats sold on consignment (by folks that have bought new boats from us) as well as some of our demo boats when available. Check out to see what’s available on the porch….