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Old 12-17-2012, 07:39 AM
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Default Size of starter rod for kid

Want to get my 9-year-old nephew a starter outfit. Average height. Assume he's fishing for rainbows and crappies. Would prefer an all in one kit.

Looking at the LL Bean site they have 7' 5wt and 8'6" 5wt.
Angler II Fly Rod Outfits, 5-6 Wt.: Angler Outfits | Free Shipping at L.L.Bean

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I'd go with the full-length rod.
I started my 10-year-old grandson on an 8'6" rod. He picked it up amazingly quickly.
As long as the rod is reasonably light and balanced, it should be OK.

Almost nobody is going to agree with me on this, but I'd get a really cheap rod at first. Stuff happens with young kids.

The Angler II qualifies as cheap.

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Default Re: Size of starter rod for kid

Thanks. Yes, I assume he's going to break it. I don't care if that makes him cry; I just don't meant it to make me cry. Cheap it is.

Cabelas also has something that can work.

Cabela's: Cabela's Wind River Combo

Or

Cabela's: Cabela's Three Forks/Cahill Fly Combo with Fly Line

Or STP

http://www.sierratradingpost.com/cor...colorFamily=99

http://www.sierratradingpost.com/cor...colorFamily=99

smaller rod

http://www.sierratradingpost.com/ros...colorFamily=01
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I bought this one for $39.99:

Cabela's: Cabela's Cahill Fly Rod and Reel Outfit

Tough to beat that price. It's not a Sage anything, but it does work fine.
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I know that it depends on the kid and their interest, but what is a good age to start them with fly fishing?
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I know that it depends on the kid and their interest, but what is a good age to start them with fly fishing?
Good question. I'd say as soon as they can swing the rod. As I said above, my grandson picked it up really quickly. He's been fly fishing with me for two years.

I do avoid 'big water' when he's with me, but I prefer smaller streams, anyway.
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Default Re: Size of starter rod for kid

I think when they ask, "Can I try that?"

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Any thoughts or experience on the above rods? I think and 8'6" 5wt may be best.

LL Bean seems like a solid option.

Reel on the Cabelas Three Forks may not be great.

Cabelas Wind River looks nice - IM6 rod.

Not loving the STP Cortland or the Red Minnow, but they are 40% off today.

Love to order this thing asap.

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I use relative height ratio for children.

For a 6 foot male, the ratio of a 9 ft rod is 1.5 to 1.

The average 9 yo male is 4 ft. 1 in tall and 60 lbs. A 8.5 ft rod is over twice a s tall as the boy.

Average Height to Weight Chart - Babies to Teenagers

What Is The Average Weight/height For An 9 Year Old? - Blurtit

I would buy the 7 foot rod. It will be much easier for him to learn and children are NOT patient. They have a short attention span so make it easy for him with a shorter fly rod.
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I know that it depends on the kid and their interest, but what is a good age to start them with fly fishing?
im breaking in my shorty slow. we started last year at the age of 5

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he does well with my 6' 3wt
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