RE:Starting the kids...
Jay Clancy also mentioned this recently. I remember when I left my son with a 7wt and a popper and walked to help my two nephews up the shore. We turned around and my son was wrestling a large cormorant whose wingspan was threateningly large compared to my son. The bird had swallowed his bluegill and there was no choice but to cut the tippet. I'm sure with that tiny popper in a bluegill that the bird was fine. The worst thing would have been to try and dig out that bluegill backwards against the spines. I had a hard time convincing the birdwatchers that I did the right thing though. Anyway, it was a grand time just the same.
We should integrate an ice cream soda afterwards, or even hotdogs on the grill. The kids love that stuff.
For the New England contingent, I would suggest White's Pond in Concord.
Any takers for clave meister?