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    Default Opinions for a 5yr old

    My son is 5yrs old and wants to fly fish with Daddy
    Was wondering what would be a good sized rod to start him out with? It will mainly be used for trout on local streams here in NJ.

    8' 5wt? 8' 4wt? 8'6"?

    Thanks,
    Fredy
    Last edited by fredy; 01-13-2012 at 09:21 PM.

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    i would give him a 7'9'' three weight cant hit branches with something that short and its light enough for his arm

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    Started my son at 3 . Practiced in the yard with a glass 5wt with a wf line . Once I could let go of his arm and he got the feeling on ten or fifteen foot casts took him to the beach and let him make some mistakes with no obstacles. Worked good. Did the same with my grandson and same results(same rod 17 yrs later). Only thing special I did to the rod was cut it down to 6and a half from 8ft.

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    When they get confident and consistent with the sawed off 5th get them an 8ft 5wt. They'll do good with it fast.

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    Most 5 y/o's that I've seen fishing haven't advanced past a $14.95 Zebco 4' baitcaster, with a closed-face plastic reel. I'm greatly impressed that he wants to learn to fly fish. My older boy was willing to wait all day for the "big one", but my younger one (they are only 20 months apart) was an "action NOW" kind of fisherman. Usually had to fish in bass/panfish waters with them, so that the older one could work for bass, but the younger one could get a bite on every cast. Between that and rowing, I rarely got to wet a line!!! Funny thing is, those are some of my best fishing memories, and I never cast a line! I did get warned once by a DEC officer for not having my fishing license wih me (in my bathing suit, rowing for them) - and I didn't even have a rod in the boat!!

    My younger one (he's 26 now) stopped over the other evening, while I was tying, watched for a while, and he says that he may give fly fishing a try sometime this season with me. That would be fun, as he and I haven't fished together for likely 10 or 12 years!
    - Rick

    "A leader with great passion and few skills always outperforms a leader with great skills and little passion." Chief Rick Lasky

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    This past summer I had hin casting on my first fly rod, it's an old yellow Eagle Claw galss rod 7' 5/6wt (28yrs old!). He was having fun with it, but never hit the water since the attention span was not there yet. I plan on building him a rod over the winter.

    I'm surprised there has not been more feedback? I am sure I am not the only guy with a young son looking to fly fish

    I was thinking more in the line of a 8' 5wt. I think the 5wt would be easier to cast especialy of he tries nymphing with an indy rig. I could be wrong??

    I was self taught, did not have anyone to teach me when I was 12yrs old. I was inspired by watching a couple old timers fly fishing at my local stream. Saved my allowance and purchased my first fly rod form a local sport shop.

    Fredy

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    Default Re: Opinions for a 5yr old

    Try one of the new fiberglass Eagle Claw Featherlight rods -- the 6'6" rod casts nicely with a 5 weight line. Costs less than 30 bucks and seems reasonably impervious to 5 year olds!

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    Default Re: Opinions for a 5yr old

    Quote Originally Posted by dhaynes View Post
    Try one of the new fiberglass Eagle Claw Featherlight rods -- the 6'6" rod casts nicely with a 5 weight line. Costs less than 30 bucks and seems reasonably impervious to 5 year olds!
    my daughter is turning 5 next week and i was planning on getting her a rod to start practice casting with in the back yard this spring. i think a featherweight would be perfect.


    casey


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    Wouldn't the Featherlite be a bit heavy for the little ones?

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    I've been looking at the Echo Gecko and a Redington rod for my 6-y-o. I'm not sure which would be best, though. Both are 4 wt I believe.

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    My opinion? DON'T GET ONE! I've had 3 5yr olds, they're expensive, needy and interfere with flyfishing! All kidding aside, my kinds all started on an 8'6" 5wt. They all picked it up fairly quickly. Once my boys discovered girls they dropped the flyrods.
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