The ember of Nick Coppola's fervor for fishing began years ago. While Nick studied biology in college, this passion bloomed into a full-blown vocation as he spent summers scouring the rivers of Southwest Montana. Since those early moments wading in the tides, Nick has become a New York State–licensed guide, continuing to catch trophy salmon, steelhead trout, brown trout, and runaway goldfish as the head of Slickwater Adventures.
Throughout two seasons each year, Coppola and his staff lead anglers of all levels into some of the East Coast's most picturesque habitats, including the Ausable River during summer months and the eastern Lake Ontario tributaries during winter. No matter the location, Coppola encourages participants to customize each adventure to their specific goals, whether they are honing existing skills, learning basic techniques, or luring in trophy catches with tricks and well-timed eyewinks.
At Adams Eden, summer camp isn't just for youngsters. The family-owned establishment welcomes adventurers of all ages to its 328 acres of undulating greenery where activities on land and air abound. Anyone with day passes can partake in hiking, boating, and volleyball, or explore the mountain meadow maze. Overnight guests have their pick of lodgings that include a sprawling lodge, a cozy cabin, a rustic platform tent, or camp sites equipped with fire pits and picnic tables.
For 23 years Camillus Kayak has outfitted area aquaphiles with premium, quality equipment for fun, energetic maritime outings. The well-stocked boatique is stuffed to the gills with brand-name recreational kayaks (13'–14' long) and stand-up paddleboards available for daily ($50) or weekly ($200) rental. Larger premium kayaks (a minimum 16' long; $65/day, $275/week) increase wave slicing speed and the odds of winning back the farm in upstream drag races. Paddlers and sentient driftwood looking for a change of pace can navigate the waters atop a stand-up paddleboard, which combines the exhilarating adventure and exercise of boating with the familiarity of standing. From the higher vantage of a buoyant stand-up board, waterwalkers can witness submerged mysteries that are often hidden to the boatbound eye, such as lakebed land grabs or the ascension of angelfish. Rentals include vessels, paddles, a whistle, life vest, and temporary car-top carrier to ensure a safe and convenient trip.
Ithaca Rod Company's fishing experts provide myriad ways to enjoy the great outdoors. They equip fly fishers with what they need to successfully angle, including custom-built rods or other gear. They teach customers the basics of fly-fishing on guided fishing trips on scenic local waterways. Or they introduce them to the natural splendor of Ithaca through hikes and camping trips.
Ben Turpin Custom Rod Building and Guide Service is dedicated to education and excellence in the outdoors. I enjoy guiding anglers of all experience levels through out Pa and NJ. When not on the water I can be found in my shop building high quality custom fly rods or guiding upland bird hunts with my Brittany Mollie.