I've owed this post for a few weeks, to say the least. I don't owe it because he's family, though that makes it all the more special. I owe the post, because, well the rods are fantastic and I am proud that my cousin Ben has finally launched the effort to make his hobby a bit more than a hobby. It is a pleasure to fish with rods that have come from his shop. He's one of my best fishing partners - we've fished from GA to NY, from CO to AK together, and it's always been an adventure. Flat Creek Rods is his next venture on that path.
Raised in Texas, Ben's got fishing and hunting in his blood. Though raised in Texas, he was pulled to the cold trout waters of Northern New Mexico. A few years ago he ditched life in Texas as a salesman of sorts, to chase fish and dreams in New Mexico. He picked up guiding for the Reel LIfe and ventured into making more than a hobby of building fly rods. Over the years he has built a few rods for friends, sold some to clients, and made some side dough on these rods.
Pretty amazing gift, for sure. About that rod, I wrote:
James Duncan has said that with rod in hand we become more than
tourists on rivers. "A rod extends the fly fisher’s being as surely as
do imagination, empathy, or prayer. Within the eighty or so foot radius
of our cast we gain this crazy ability to pierce the river’s power of
concealment, bringing life that would otherwise remain hidden right up
into our hands.” I feel that this rod (and the more I cast them, glass
rods more generally), might be quite adept and helping us to more subtly
pierce the river's power of concealment and bring life into our hands.
I don't get to fish that rod often, up here in Alaska, but I do love the rod for sure.
Since then, Ben has built rods for my wife and even built a 3 wt glass rod for my son Finn. He'll surely enjoy it one day down the road.
Give the website a look. He's got a knack at tying everything together. He has a eye for detail and pulls together some pretty beautiful and comfortable handles. All in all, you'd be happy to have a Flat Creek Rod in your arsenal.