Custom Rod Building & Guide Service
Ben Turpin Custom Rod Building and Guide Service evolved out of 20 years of year-round fly fishing obsession. I looked up to George Harvey, Joe Humphries and other legends of the sport as a teenager and even selected the college I attended in-part because of the local fishery. I loved the sport and then I found that I really enjoyed sharing the sport with others. Countless days on the water teaching friends and family how to catch fish turned into helping total strangers who would approach the only angler on the stream who was catching fish. Finally, one day someone requested to pay me for my assistance on the stream and a business was born! Ben Turpin Custom Rod Building and Guide Service was officially established in 1997. I've built an excellent reputation in the industry, am very dedicated to education and excellence in the sport and have enjoyed every minute of teaching and helping others to have a more enjoyable and productive time on the water.
Fly Fishing Guide Service:
I have been a professional guide for 15 years and offer guided fly fishing trips in the scenic Pocono Mountains and Northwest New Jersey. Some of the streams I guide in this historic fly fishing area include the Brodhead Creek, Lehigh River, Big Bushkill Creek, Big Flat Brook, and the Pequest River. Along with guiding in the Pocono region I also guide the Southeastern, PA limestone streams in the Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton areas. These limestone streams are highly productive and just a short ride from New Jersey and the Philadelphia area. I also guide two-day trips to the classic limestone streams of Central Pennsylvania. You are invited to join me and experience the wild trout fisheries of Spring Creek, Fishing Creek, and Penn's Creek while enjoying the comfort and hospitality of Centre Mills Bed & Breakfast or The Spring Creek House B & B, both of which are well appointed and fishermen oriented. Each of these fertile limestone streams are unique in there own ways and combining them in one trip allows the angler to experience some of the best fishing the mid Atlantic region has to offer. I have years of experience on the local Pocono streams and my fly fishing roots started on Spring Creek, which has kept me coming back to Central, PA for many years.
Fly Fishing Instruction:
I have the ability to cater to fly fishermen of all skill levels. From learning the basics to mastering specific fishing techniques, we all have room to continue learning. I believe that all fishermen have the ability to catch fish on the fly, but as with any worthwhile endeavor, the basics must be mastered first. I teach individual and large group classes and events with the assistance of additional professional staff. Equipment is available at no extra charge for all those who need it. It is often recommended for beginners to use equipment provided so that they can feel what a balanced outfit consists of before going out and purchasing their own.
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.
Although I fish year-round, I'm an avid outdoorsman and really enjoy guiding bird hunts. During the fall I often find myself afield with my Brittany who lives to track pheasants and other upland birds. Come and join me on the hunt for pheasants, quail, chuckar, and woodcock on local hunting grounds or one of the scenic preserves. Enjoy bird hunting behind a well trained dog that points and retreives while you enjoy the company and scenery of the region.
Please explore the site and check out the many trips and products I have to offer. Time is short and this business is designed to help you make the most of it and enjoy your fishing and hunting to the fullest extent. As always, I'm here to to help you. Please call or email with any questions.