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Old 01-27-2011, 12:16 PM
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Default A 9'0" - 6wt for an 11 year old?

My son is showing some interest in fly fishing. (I couldn't find a Happy Dad icon)
I could buy him a youth outfit but I already have the rod mentioned in the title.
I was wondering want you guys think about him learning on a 9'.
It's a medium to medium fast rod with a double taper line.
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Old 01-27-2011, 12:39 PM
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Dave: Congrats on your son wanting to learn fly fishing! Yahoo!
When my son was growing up and graduated from a spinning rod, I started him on a 9ft 5 wt, but I don't see any reason your son couldn't learn on the six wt, especially since you already have the rod. Just go for it!

My son took an interest in fly fishing one day while we were Grayling fishing in AK. He was using small Mepps spinners and could always land one or two fish out of each pool, but he saw that I could land multiple fish from the same pool. Those fish are pretty smart and after you pull a couple fish out of the pool, they come to realize that Mepps spinner is danger. They would figure out my fly also after a couple fish, but then I would change flies and the game started all over.

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Default Re: A 9'0" - 6wt for an 11 year old?

A fellow in our club wrote a book called Fly fishing with Children. (sounds like bait fishing to me )
In it he suggests using a 9' rod as it keeps the fly further away from the face/body

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Default Re: A 9'0" - 6wt for an 11 year old?

I ran a fishing school for some years,depends how tall your son is, and if he wants to fish mainly on dry nymph or streamer...9ft why not...but in my opinion a 4 or 5 wt would be more convenient.

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thanks rip...see I'm not the only one to think a 9ft will be ok
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Default Re: A 9'0" - 6wt for an 11 year old?

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I ran a fishing school for some years,depends how tall your son is, and if he wants to fish mainly on dry nymph or streamer...9ft why not...but in my opinion a 4 or 5 wt would be more convenient.

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thanks rip...see I'm not the only one to think a 9ft will be ok
I didn't think about how tall he is. I think he is short for his age, compared to others his age. He's just under 5'. As far as a 4wt for instance, I thought it's harder to learn with. Such as developing timing for casting? Maybe that has more to do with the lenght of the rod?

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A fellow in our club wrote a book called Fly fishing with Children. (sounds like bait fishing to me )
In it he suggests using a 9' rod as it keeps the fly further away from the face/body
Thanks Rip Tide, I ordered the book after seeing your post. For $5.13 that includes shipping, How could I go wrong. Heck, I'll probably learn something from it. As far as the fly, I learned by tying on a piece of tissue paper or a piece of yarn. It helped me to keep my focus on the cast rather than being stuck by a hook. LOL
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Default Re: A 9'0" - 6wt for an 11 year old?

I started my son (at age 9) with a 7'6" 4wt and he has done well with it. Last summer I gave him a faster action 4wt Sage and lined it with an Orvis Clearwater line.
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The 9' rod would probably be fine, I don't think the length is critical. I'd keep both the total physical weight of the outfit and the line weight down, though. It's a lot easier to cast a 7' 3wt all day than a 9'6" 8wt.

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This is close to the age I was when I learnt with a 9' 6wt and I still fish the same rod today only I had weight foward line.
now I wouldent think of getting rid of it because of how comftable it is for me

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Dave,

I was 11 when I started, but had a pretty strong arm from playing baseball since 7. I started with an 8 1/2 foot rod (cheap fiberglass South Bend) with a level line, and had no body to show me anything. I switched to a GBF bass taper, and then quickly got the hang of it because I could feel its weight when casting. I have no idea what weight a GBF is, but would speculate probably a modern 8 wt.

I would be tempted to try a WF with a very short head on the 6 wt for that reason. But I suspect it will basically be a learning exercise for you both.

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Jim,

It just so happens that I have a spare spool with #6WF... I figured it would be better if I left the double taper #6 on it because that's what the instructor suggested I learn with. Even though I bought the extra spool and WF line at the same time. But I agree with you about Randy learning with the WF line so he might be able to feel when the line loads the rod... Great suggestion!

I have a question about casting a 4wt vs. a 6wt rod. With the 6wt, I can feel when the rod being loaded. Is the 4wt rod being loaded by the 4wt line ajust as noticable? I hope I asked the question in type the as I have it in mind.
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Dave,

I just discovered that Jackster has a whole lot of experience teaching casting, and probably kids too. Hopefully, he'll see this and let us both know the best rig he's found for kids.

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