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Old 10-29-2012, 07:56 PM
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Soooo.. My 7yo daughter was doing a school computer project tonight that she had to write Santa a wish list letter. Her #1 item on the list is a fly rod (tear) and she is a hell of a spin rod fisherman. She out fishes me daily with several large bass to her credit. She messes around on my backup TFO 8'6 5wt and caught her first couple 'gills all by herself and is infatuated now. My question is, what would be her best rod to start on? A short little 3wt? Not sure where to start this one so advice is appreciated since I only began this great adventure 2 years ago.
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My girl is too young for me to have experience!

I thought this thread might be helpful. From what I've read preparing for a project with kids at church, an 8 or 8'6" 4 or 5wt is a good place to start. Lighter rods can take a bit more practice to cast, and the 5 will throw nymphs and small streamers. The longer rod helps them keep the back cast off the ground a bit more and raises the fly up away from the face as well, though you still have to watch out Look forward till my daughter (soon to be two daughters) are old enough and hopefully interested in hanging out with dad by the water. Enjoy
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Nothing to what WJ just said that I could fault/add; think he's nailed it.

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TFO and Redington have shorter rods designed for kids. They also have smaller grips for those smaller hands.

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Lucky dad! I would ecstatic if my daughter put a fly rod at the top of her list.

Anyway, just last night I was researching rods and examining the ECHO site, they make a rod specific for youngsters. It's described as med/fast, 7'9" 4/5wt and looks really sweet; yellow blank, cool grip with a short butt if they need to use a second hand ever. Check it out: The Echo Gecko.

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TFO and Redington have shorter rods designed for kids. They also have smaller grips for those smaller hands.

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Those both look nice, Dennis. That Reddington outfit is tough to beat at $100.
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My experience with guiding kids is to go with a mid flex 9' 5wt. Had kiddos as young as 6 years old handle that length. I think the extra length helps in all areas.

I usually use TFO's Lefty Kreh Pro Series, but other rods at that length and weight would work.

Just my .02 cents. Have a good day.
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Every year I teach youth to fly cast.

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I would NOT recommend a 9 ft fly rod for a 7 yo. It will be too heavy and the swing weight of the rod will not allow her to make the proper casting motion. She will wave it about, and waving a rod is not casting a rod.

Start with a short and light rod but use a fly line that is 2 weights heavier. Your goal is for her to make the proper casting motions. Do not use a real fly but a tuft of yarn on a stiff short leader.

Even better, use a length of macrame cord that will load the rod and allow loop formation.
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Let me clarify. I think the fly rod length for young kids is situational. Sure, Silver, if you are teaching full casting motion, I can see where the WEIGHT is too much. Howver, I guide rivers and the extra length not only assists water-loaded roll casts, but it greatly enhances the ability to nymph drift.

Pretty neat that you work with youth in fly casting. Need more folks like you.

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I agree with Silver creek. A 9' rod is much more difficult to swing than a 6' rod. It is pushing a lot more wind and has a lot less leverage. A seven year old female does not have a lot of strength in her forearms. I would recommend a TFO signature 6' 2wt with a 4wt DT line. It is a wonderful casting tool and will cast a wide range of fly weights. I use this setup on small warmwater creeks exclusively. It requires almost no effort to cast and would be perfect for a little one and one she can use for many years to come. Small poppers and beadchain flies are easily cast with this rod as are streamers up to those on a size 2 hook. Do her a favor and get her a short light rod so as not to discourage her. I am sure she could fish it for hours at a time without tireing. Just MHO
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When I thought my son wanted to learn to fly fish I set him up with a marked down Pfluegler 8' 6wt. and a "recycled" Cabela's reel.
Good thing that I didn't waste a lot of dough on his set-up as he only used it once.
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