Re: what rods do our youth use
Granted up here in Alaska, some places I could tie a bead to yard tied to the end of a stick and my kid could catch fish. I used my 5 year old kid as a reason to buy a new 5 wt and to him went my old 2 piece sage 5wt when i got my new rod. He has a spare too which was a cheap Cabelas rod my family got him for Christmas.
Kids will use anything you give them. They arent skilled to know the differences so my opinion is any old rod you have that you want to upgrade, give it to the kid and use that as a excuse to convince the wife you need a new rod.