Post By: bouldertrout Posted: 12/2/2019 3:55:32 PMPoints: 18
I am wondering if anyone can share their thoughts on a good brand/length/weight fly rod for an 8 year old kid? I myself started with an Orvis Encounter which was a bad choice! My budgets is at most $120/
I taught my daughter with a eagleclaw featherlite fly rod, very forgiving action and despite being cheap are great for bluegill and most trout. The reel doesnít have to be anything fancy either, but the line should be somewhat decent, the midrange cabelas brand lines worked well with the rod. In either case Iíd go for a moderate action rod for a starter rod.
Funny you should ask. Just was at a meeting with another retired teacher who had just bought fly rod youth setups for two of his young grandsons. Edís fly shop in Montrose set him up with Echo outfits especially made for kids with good line included. Iím sure there is an Echo dealer not too far from you as we have in other one just 80 miles up the road in Carbondale.
Reply by: i2fly Posted: 12/4/2019 2:49:50 AM Points: 1845
Sportmanís still has TFO NXT combos for a $100.00. Also a Saint Croix fly rod combo for a $100.00. I believe the sale ends tomorrow. They are complete with line. They are a decent entry level rod. Especially for a kid. Don
Reply by: jibber Posted: 12/4/2019 7:39:58 AM Points: 13113
I am involved in a fly casting instruction program in the summer and all the instruction rods a 9', 5 wts. These rods are too heavy to cast for kids younger than 11 years old. The rods wear the kids out fast and make their shoulders sore. A shorter rod maybe 8' would be easier to learn to cast for kids.
Not all 11 year olds are the same. At 11 I was 5í7Ē and 150lbs. Yes I was big for my age. However I remember seeing Tyler Befus at shows. He was maybe 6 laying out beautiful casts. I didnít check the rod weight but the kid was pushing out like 50í of line. Iíd say many 11 year olds can handle a 9í for 5wt. However, dry fly fishing could be better suited to most of them. It is by far less stress on the arm and shoulders. When nymphing With indicators and a couple of flies I strip in pretty close to recast. Bring the flies in closer also brings them to the surface. Itís much easier to pick up and cast. Iíve had a bone to bone shoulder for many years now. I had to learn ways to protect it. IMHO...Fly casting is all about timing not strength.
Ajax Iíll tell you what. Check out the Reddington Vice. It donít break the bank @$200. It has good reviews. These rods Iíd consider even for myself.... there is a Vice 3wt 7í6Ē I thought was pretty sweet. Pan fish and smaller trout are still fun on a 3wt. I think it would fit your young man very well.
Try a cabela's grasshopper. in a 4 or 5 weight, those are awesome. Also, you should try to take him to waterton canyon. the place is loaded with stockers, and it would be an awesome place to teach him. Good luck!
I started my little girl on a flyrod at 6 yrs of age and she was as small as they came. Her hands were teeny and arms were fragile. I had a hard time finding a rod with a small enough grip to fit her hands. I settled on a 9í 4wt which was do able for her but still difficult. Grip was still too big and length made the rod heavy. By 7 and 8 the rod fit better. This year at 11 she preferred to use one of my 9í 6wt for indicator fishing. So her hands and arms can handle it now but still tires quickly so she takes several breaks. When we dry fly my daughter likes to string up my 8í 1wt rod.