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Old 08-12-2011, 10:00 AM
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My wife has asked if I would teach a beginners class for our homeschool association. I am excited by the thought of helping local kids find a love for fly fishing. There is a problem. We live in NW Tennessee...aka no fly fishing, no fly shops, etc.

I need to find a way to get a few cheap combos suitable for kids. I was thinking Cabelas three-forks combos, but wanted to get opinions. I will try to get them casting a little and find some ponds stocked with bluegill for field-trips.

We may try some basic tying too, but I don't have a clue where to get a few cheap vises.

BTW, I am in NO way qualified for this. I'm a small creek bass/redeye/bluegill fisherman, not a certified instructor, and completley self-taught. I'll make no money from this, it is 100% free. So please overlook my ignorance if it becomes too glaringly obvious.
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When I started running a fishing school in the 80's I sent a letter to different makers and big shops explaining what I wanted to do and asking for help...I got several rods,reels,vises and tying materials...didn't forget to thank and mention them when I wrote an article about how to run a fishing school in a wellknown magazinehave a try...you never know
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There's a local Mills Fleet Farm by me that has a limited selection of fly fishing gear, but what they do have is dirt cheap. Here's a complete starter's kit for $25.
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My club has a relationship with the local school for the deaf and I've been a mentor on some of their outings.
The gear that they use has all been donated by club members or found at yard sales or where ever.
It's all older stuff, mostly glass rods and cheap reels. The kids don't care.
We take them to a kids-only pond and make sure that it gets stocked for the occasion. Somebody brings a grill for burgers and dogs.
It's a lot of fun
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Check to see if there's a local TU or FFF chapter in your area; they may be able to help you out.

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also if this is going through some sort of club, or business you may want to contact cabelas and see if they would give you a discount since your doing it for a good cause.
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My wife has asked if I would teach a beginners class for our homeschool association. I am excited by the thought of helping local kids find a love for fly fishing. There is a problem. We live in NW Tennessee...aka no fly fishing, no fly shops, etc.

I need to find a way to get a few cheap combos suitable for kids. I was thinking Cabelas three-forks combos, but wanted to get opinions. I will try to get them casting a little and find some ponds stocked with bluegill for field-trips.

We may try some basic tying too, but I don't have a clue where to get a few cheap vises.

BTW, I am in NO way qualified for this. I'm a small creek bass/redeye/bluegill fisherman, not a certified instructor, and completley self-taught. I'll make no money from this, it is 100% free. So please overlook my ignorance if it becomes too glaringly obvious.
I went with the three forks combo and like it.. Try to spend a little more on the boots. I bought the ones that were built into the waders, they lasted about 10 minutes before I wanted to ditch them.

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Check to see if there's a local TU or FFF chapter in your area; they may be able to help you out.

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Yea this is good advice too. My local TU group is awesome i've learned a ton from them.
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Old 08-14-2011, 10:23 PM
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Thanks for the advice. We are in no man's land for fly fishing, so my closest clubs are over an hour away, but they may still help.
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