Ben Turpin Custom Rod Building and Guide Service is located in Saylorsburg, PA, just south of Stroudsburg in the Pocono Mountains. We offer guided fly fishing trips for trout in the Pocono Mountains, Northwest New Jersey and Central, PA. Take a closer look at the streams we guide through the fly fishing tab’s drop down menu, which has them broken down by region. Our fly fishing trips are tailored to the needs of the individual clients skills and abilities. Guided fishing trips may be full or half days. Hand tied flies, leaders and quality balanced rods, reels and equipment are provided for all trips. Lunch is provided on full day trips. Some of the finest fly fishing waters in the USA are located here in the Pocono Mountains and adjoining areas and I am very fortunate to have so many beautiful, productive streams to fly fish so close to home. The local streams are a reasonable day trip from the New York and Philadelphia areas, so come out and enjoy a full or half day of fishing and go to sleep at home that same night. If you have the time and you’d like to get away for a while, check out the hosted trip section and our trips to Central, PA.
The obsession with fly fishing and casting grew naturally into the desire to build better rods. I built my first rod in 1997 and have continued to expand this portion of the business ever since. I specialize in building custom cane and graphite fly rods designed for performance and aesthetic quality. Each rod is unique with custom feather inlays and hand painted artwork available by request. Rods are fitted with high quality componets and built to customer specifications. Custom grips, color schemes, inlays and components are just the beginning of crafting quality custom rods.
Catching a fish on a fly that you tied yourself gives you a sense of accomplishment that is simply amazing. Over the years I have found and created many patterns that work extremely well. Some are available in stores, other patterns are in books and many are still in my head. In 2014 Eric Lanel and I started working on a project called Whip Finish Industries to allow you to access these flies and to demonstrate how to tie them yourself. In the video section you can find many instructional fly tying videos to help you tie these flies and, if you don’t tie, you can buy them through the Whip Finish website. Through Whip Finish Industries you can purchase the materials to tie the flies or buy the flies from our online store. Since our flies are tied to order, we sell them in packs of 6. This makes it easier on our local tiers and we all know that if you only buy 2 or 3 flies the first two will end up in a tree or on a rock in the streambed just when you need them the most. We hope you have fun filling your boxes while you prepare to hit your favorite streams.