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Re: Least Expensive and Shortest Outfit recommendations

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Here's a good article on introducing kids to fishing.

http://fishing.outdoorzy.com/fishing-with-kids/

The common situation is that parents try to force kids to fish, the kids struggle with the gear, and aren't catching anything, so aren't enjoying it. And it all ends up in tears, frustration, anger, resentment. This is a VERY common situation, and it's heartbreaking to see it happening.

If you are aware of the potential for this problem to occur, hopefully you can avoid it. The most important thing is that the kids are are enjoying themselves in the outdoors. For many young kids, throwing rocks in the water is more fun than any kind of fishing. And throwing rocks in the water is a great activity. Find a place where it won't bother anyone, and let them throw rocks to their heart's content.

And other kinds of just wandering around, exploring things, playing around in the outdoors, is often more interesting than a more controlled activity like fishing for young kids.

Posted on: 2013/4/29 10:00

Edited by troutbert on 2013/4/29 10:26:30


Re: Least Expensive and Shortest Outfit recommendations

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It's easy enough to bait-fish with a fly rod.

Find a place where there's cicada mania going on somewhere this year.

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Re: Least Expensive and Shortest Outfit recommendations

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Cabelas catalog arrived today: 5 ,6 and 8 wt Cahill OUTFITS for $39. GG

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For your five year old?

Waving a stick around with a hook on the end?

Really?

Well, whatever. Your doctor bills, not mine, but I know how much of a fan you are of "ObamaCare" so that's chill.

Anyways, here's my helpful advice:

All your hopes and dreams? Give up. Think smaller. Your kid is 5. S/he has the attention span of a gnat with ADHD, if you're lucky. S/he doesn't care about anything other than throwing rocks, kicking dirt, and an actual fish.

So, what you're going to need to do is find something that amuses teh crap out of them. That's why God invented the Zebco Snoopy combo. I'd suggest one of the 4' combos and not one of those 2' combos at this point.

Then, you buy some sz8 or 10 barbless hooks (coz otherwise an introduction to childhood animal cruelty lurks ahead), a container of bobbers, some cheap splitshot, and a box of worms.

They can be red, or meal, or probably wax or whatever kind you want. Proper Americana dictates red worms in a coffee can, but who gets coffee in a can anymore?

Anyways, take this whole thing down to your local pond, canal, sewer or whereever water has sat for more than three months. You'll find that office parks are wonderful for this is you avoid the NO FISHING signs. Its very Suburban Huck Finn, in its way.

Throw the whole thing in, and for about 10 to 15 glorious minutes your kid will enjoy reeling sunfish in whole have absolutely inhaled the hook (see, barbless, but you'll still cut ALOT off).

At the end of your 30 minutes (becuase you stupidly tried to extend this longer than you should have), retreat to the local playground and wish your kids gave a rat's ass about your hobby while they tear around on the slides.




But... if you're dead set on sticking a fly rod in their hands:
Buy an Eagle Claw Featherlight 7' 5/6wt rod. Why? Because when they smash it against trees, rocks, you, the ground, etc it will be indestrucable. Haven't you ever noticed that Snoopy rods are fiberglass? This is why. It will also cost you $25, so when they do eventually break it, you'll be far less angry than you probably were about the ObamaCare premiums to have a hook removed from the back of his/her neck. You will use whatever reel you have laying around, pikced up from the swap meet, or bought on Ebay or Walmart next to said Eagle Claw. It will be fine. TH eline can be your old one, see, saving money already!

Your kid is five. S/he doesn't care about fly fishing, and your attempts to make them enjoy it will end in dismal failure. They might like catching fish, and for that you might as well make it easy.

Anyways, good luck with storming the castle.

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Eagle Claw Featherlight. He'll use it when he gets older. You can get a Martin 61 clicker off Ebay for $10 probably. Get a line from Ryan, you're into this thing about $50.

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Re: Least Expensive and Shortest Outfit recommendations

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the eagle claw even comes in six foot six. over line it a weight or two and you'll be set.

if you're near philly i might have an extra graphite pflueger click and pawl sitting around.

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Re: Least Expensive and Shortest Outfit recommendations

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I use 5wt on the 6'6". I'm serious, its a rod they'll use if they stay with the sport. I use mine all the time on small streams.

Posted on: 2013/4/30 15:25


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After breaking one rod this year and losing the tip to another I went dirt cheap and got the eagle claw 6'6".

I gotta say I kinda feel like a 5 year old casting it, this thing is a whole different animal it seems. Gonna take some getting used to.

Like others said though, at 25 bucks ya really can't go wrong.

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Re: Least Expensive and Shortest Outfit recommendations

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It's short, and its glass. Its a slow rod. Adjust your casting stroke, slow down a little bit, you'll get it.

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Re: Least Expensive and Shortest Outfit recommendations

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Thanks, I seem to be getting used to it. Seems like it takes much less muscle and better timing. I'm not tangling the leader every time and I've caught quite a few on it so far so I don't think I'm doing it all wrong ha. It sure is fun catching em on such a light rod though.


As far as the kiddos. My step brother is out in nevada and just started both his girls fly fishing. I think the youngest is 4. He got her the redington form game rod I believe and zip tied a reel on it ha.

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Re: Least Expensive and Shortest Outfit recommendations

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I started my son at 4 on a 7'6" 4 wt. I think its to early for any kid before they are at least 6 years of age. mine quit at 18 and hasn't picked up a rod since he's 32 now.

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Re: Least Expensive and Shortest Outfit recommendations

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I started my son out on a 4wt 7' 6" at 4 years old. He is not 5 going on 6 and can cast it pretty good. I think the rod was one of my older Cortland rods. I just ordered him an 8' 6" 3 4wt that I may load 5 wt line on. I do not recommend short rods for beginners. They will be able to cast a longer rod easier. Plus the hook is further away from them on the longer rods. Check ebay and cragis list or even a local fly shop for a cheap rod. I know a lot of fly shops will even give you a cheap rod that is sitting in a closet if they know it is going to get a kid started in fly fishing.

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I got my kids the cane bamboo rods with the 10 feet on mono attached. It was great for gills and bass on ponds. Little did I know we were tenkara fishing 30 years ago.

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Both my kids (5 and 8) are into fly fishing. My daughter (8) isn't bad, and my son (5) casts about like you'd expect. They each have their own yellow, $20 eagle claw rods and flea market reels.

I think they're more into the idea of fishing than the actual activity and we frequently end up just hanging out streamside playing and eating snacks. Either way, it's getting them outdoors.

To get back to the idea of teaching a 5 year old to fly fish....sort of. But don't expect skill or coordination at that age....but it IS fun to watch....

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Re: Least Expensive and Shortest Outfit recommendations

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This is what I started with. Lol.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-1987- ... ys_US&hash=item4d0ce19105

With telescoping rod. Lol talk about broomstick action. Feel every nibble from those sunnies.

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