I bought my 12yr old a Pflueger medalist rod/reel combo for his birthday this year, he caught his first trout the second time out. I dont take him as much as I should, and he wants to go. I usually go to get some stress relief, and enjoy my solitude, and thats always my excuse for going alone. I take my boys when im spinner fishing or drowning worms, but i prefer to fly fish. My 8 yr old daughter loves to go fishin too, and i told her i would take her one weekend soon.