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: Thinking about getting my son started

12-22-2006, 06:34 PM
Hi all,
My lad keeps saying he wanys to try fly fishing, so I said after christmas I will take him.
For the first couple of trips out I think I will cast myself and have him bring it back in. Then maybe(if he still likes it) buy a starter kit for him.
I have got a few questions to ask; What size rod should I get (weight and lenght), and what line, float or sink, weight forward??????

About the size of my lad, He's 7 and is a bit on the smaller size( like his dad) but he is quite strong. Anybody got any idea's and maybe the perfect rod set up? I don't want to spend to much, just in case he goe's of the idea.
Thanks a lot,
Carl :rolleyes:

12-23-2006, 04:16 AM
It's an opportunity worth capturing while you have the chance, and at age 7 anything in a 4wt to 6wt range will do as long as the experience is memorable. I took my son for bream (sunfish) at first. My daughter also enjoyed it (once) :)

Use a small de-barbed fly, preferably a small popper. I prefer a location with comfortable shore access, like a beach during the offhours where the casting is easy and the fish are visible.

The commotion may attract a bass or pike, which introduces the concept of big game into it, something to exploit at a later date. You won't hook one with the popper (most likely) but the predator may come in and chase the bream around which leaves an impression.

I wouldn't worry too much about the brand name or long term durability. Important thing is that it feels comfortable (4-5wt no more than 6wt) and that you take him to an easy, safe and interesting spot.

12-23-2006, 07:37 AM
There's a superb book written a few years ago by someone I knew, Phil Genova, who tragically died at an early age: First Cast: Teaching Kids to Fly Fish. Phil set up a superb program to teach kids fly fishing — and established the Community Fly Fishers, which was part of the Cornell Cooperative Extension program in Ithaca, NY. Later, he worked for Cortland Line where he set up and managed their PR and educational programs. His teaching program was also picked up by Trout Unlimited. Great first book.

12-24-2006, 09:40 AM
Ah great guys,
thanks for the replies, on Christmas eve. I will have a look around for a little rod and do a search for the book.
thanks to you both,
have a great christmas,

12-24-2006, 09:01 PM
You didn't mention what species you'll be fishing for, or how big a body of water.

If it's bass, I'd recommend an 8 ft 6 wt rod for him. For trout, I'd go down to an 5 wt for medium to large sized streams/rivers, or a 4 wt for smaller streams.

12-27-2006, 06:24 AM
I think I will try him on a smaller lake, for trout, first couple of trips out, so he can see if he's going to like it and have ago casting. We will be fishing around the Birmingham area of England, for Trout, then maybe if he sticks to it, we will try river fishing for trout and maybe pike?
I don't know if anybody can recommend a good starter rod and kit and some places to get it from? Will try other places outside of England, so any idea's will be great.
Many thanks,