Fly Rods & Rod/Reel Outfits

Today’s kids have a selection of quality rod and reel offerings specifically geared toward the younger angler. Something shorter than the “standard” 9 footer can make a rod more manageable in the hands of a child, and a slow-medium action blank ensures that young casters can feel the rod loading (that is if you can get them to slow down and “feel” the rod!).  Youngsters may start out by simply waving the stick back and forth without regard for what the rod tip, and subsequently the line, is doing. But giving them a good piece of hardware that isn’t a broomstick will greatly improve their casting once they get the hang of it. If you have kids then you know that they like having their own stuff, so if a fly rod to call their own makes them more excited to get out there and use it, that’s a good thing.

We’ve assembled information about several good bets for the budding young fly anglers in your lives. These are not fly rod reviews, as we have not tested any of these products. The point here is to offer a few good options for you parents to consider, and we recommend you visit your local fly shop to check out their selection of kid’s rods first. Please note than any information included here about these rods/outfits comes directly from the manufacturer’s/retailer’s websites and do not reflect the opinion of this website.

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ALBRIGHT FLY FISHING TOPWATER OUTFITS

Length: 7’6″ and 9′
Line weight : 3/4 and 4/5
Number of sections: 4
Includes Reel: Yes
MSRP: $358

This smartly-priced selection of four-piece Topwater fly rods is designed with a performance, compound taper that is unmatched at this price point. The light tip action flexes quickly into the rod’s midsection to protect lighter tippets on big fish. High line speed and line control are an added performance feature, while using IM6 Graphite along with a fine glass scrim, to offer up a lightweight durable fly rod. Hard chromed guides and high-strength ceramic-core aluminum stripping guides that are anodized allow for smooth line transfer and years of use against the harshest of elements. The end result is the Topwater fly rod provides amazing fly presentation by turning over your leader without shock and delivering the fly with accuracy. Our up-locking high-density polymer reel seats utilize anodized aluminum fittings, securing your fly reel and ensuring years of use. These all around great casting, great fishing fly rods represent a compelling value to the beginner as well as a smart back-up purchase for the more advance angler. Includes cordura rod tube. This outfit comes with a Topwater fly reel. This sturdily-built, fly reel is made from solid aluminum for a lifetime of use. The adjustable disc-drag (5/6, 7/8/9) is easily converted from left to right hand retrieve and can protect the lightest of tippets.

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EAGLE CLAW FEATHERLIGHT FLY RODS

These fiberglass rods are certainly affordable, priced at under $30. They’re intended for the youngest of fly anglers and come in manageable lengths of 6’6″ and 7′. Unfortunately the Eagle Claw website does not display the rods or have any information posted. We found the rods listed on a retailer’s website.  If you do a search you will find results.

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ECHO GECKO

Length: 7’9″
Line weight : 4/5
Number of sections: 3
Includes Reel: No
MSRP: $99

Echo Gecko Fly Rod helps to make fly fishing easy for kids was Tim Rajeff’s goal. The Echo Gecko rods have a special diameter handle and a small 2″ long fighting butt that allows the smallest anglers to use two hands to cast. A bright yellow blank and a fun colored handle make these rods as much fun to look at as they are to cast. No longer do children have to learn to fly fish with a rod that is too long or too stiff or use a rod with a handle designed for adult hands. The rod is a great length for trout, pan fish, and bass. The rod can handle a short belly WF5 or a standard WF4 line. A great fly rod for children and kids just beginning.

GECKO FEATURES:

• Three piece travel design
• Alignment dots for quick assembly
• Wild colored EVA extra small diameter full wells handle w/small 2″ long fighting butt
• Fuji style fast-tighten reel seat
• Bright yellow gloss blank with orange thread wraps
• Hard chrome snake guides
• Rod sock and sturdy rod case
• Super durable rod design

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LELAND SONOMA EMERGER PACKAGE

Length: 7’9″
Line weight : 4
Number of sections: 4
Includes Reel: Yes
MSRP: $199

Offered in blue and pink. This outfit will have your little one throwing darts and dreaming of fly fishing adventures! Trust us, you’ve never seen a youth rod and reel like this.

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L.L. BEAN ANGLER FLY ROD OUTFIT

Length: 7′, 8′, 8’6″, 9′
Line weight : 5 and 6
Number of sections: 2
Includes Reel: Yes
MSRP: $80

At L.L. Bean, we’ve always been committed to introducing newcomers to the sport of fly fishing – in the easiest and most affordable way possible. Our Angler Fly Rod Outfit comes loaded with backing, a floating line and a leader – just tie on a fly, and in minutes you’re ready to fish. We worked closely with both beginning fly casters and our Fly-Fishing School instructors to develop a smooth medium-action rod that makes it easy for anyone to learn the graceful art of fly casting. A quality composite reel with a click and pawl drag and high-quality graphite ensure that you, your kids and your grandkids can learn from the same outfit. Includes handy rod carrying tube for storage and transport. Imported.

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ORVIS STREAMLINE JUNIOR GUIDE STARTER OUTFIT

Length: 7’9″
Line weight : 5
Number of sections: 4
Includes Reel: Yes
MSRP: $198

This is the same great Streamline starter rod-and-reel outfit we offer for adults, but with a slimmer, shorter grip to make it easier for the junior angler to hold. The outfit includes a Streamline 7’9″, 5-weight, Mid-Flex fly rod (the perfect length and weight for smaller frames), a Clearwater III reel, fly line, fly-line backing, and a fly-fishing leader. Also includes a carrying case and The Orvis Guide to Beginning Fly Fishing. Just add a fly and they’re ready to fish.

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PFLUEGER FLY ROD STARTER KIT offers a n 8-foot, three-piece, #5/6 weight fly rod.

Length: 8′
Line weight : 5/6
Number of sections: 3
Includes Reel:  Yes
MSRP: Manufacturer website does not list MSRP but many retail outlets list this kit for less than $60.

1094 metal rim control fly reel, 25 yards of level fly line, 4X tapered leader, braided dacron backing, knot-tying guide, fly assortment.

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REDINGTON offers two different outfits geared toward young anglers. The Minnow is targeted at kids ages 6-12, while the Crosswater Youth is aimed at pre-teen/teen anglers.

REDINGTON MINNOW OUTFIT:

Length: 8′
Line weight : 5/6
Number of sections: 2
Includes Reel:  Yes
MSRP: $99

The Minnow outfit was precisely designed and tuned to meet the needs of a younger, beginner angler. The goal is for these kids to have fun and success when fly fishing so they want to continue with the sport. The packaging design is kid and parent friendly with additional tips, techniques and games for kids to get started fly fishing.

MINNOW FEATURES:

• Updated cosmetics
• Alignment dots
• Targeted for ages 6-12
• Easy casting 2-pc 8’ 5/6 wt. graphite rod
• Tough and unfussy Crosswater reel
• Quality RIO backing, WF fly line, and knotless leader pre-spooled onto the reel
• Includes fun casting games and cut out targets in the box design
• Red rod sock included (doe NOT include rod tube)
• Each Minnow outfit includes a coupon for ordering Olive the Little Woolly Bugger, Olive and The Big Stream and Olive Goes for a Wild Ride at 50% off retail (that’s only $6.47 each)!

 

 

 

REDINGTON CROSSWATER YOUTH OUTFIT:

Length: 8′ 6″
Line weight : 5/6
Number of sections: 4
Includes Reel:  Yes
MSRP: $139.95

Similar to the Minnow, the Crosswater Youth Outfit was designed and tuned to meet the needs of a younger, beginner angler. However, this outfit is a little larger in size for the pre-teen/teen angler. The packaging and rod/reel case was designed to attract the teenage angler. The entire package is a legit fly angling package to a teen, but looks cool and “not like dad’s.”

CROSSWATER YOUTH FEATURES:

• Medium-fast Action
• Attractive trim details and cosmetics on outfit and packaging for younger demographic
• Alignment dots
• Versatile 4-pc 8’6” 5/6 wt. graphite rod
• Durable Crosswater reel
• Backing, RIO Mainstream WF fly line, and knotless leader pre-spooled
• Rod/Reel Case included

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ROSS JOURNEY

Length: 7’6″
Line weight : 4
Number of sections: 4
Includes Reel: Yes
MSRP: $230

The Journey beginning fly fishing outfits are the only outfits designed for beginning anglers, by beginning anglers. Reduced handle size, a shorter length rod and colorful products are just some of the design features we incorporated into these outfits to ensure success when introducing beginner anglers to the sport of fly fishing. These are complete outfits – just tie on a fly and you are ready to fish! Included with each outfit is a JourneyTM beginner series fly rod. The rod is a 4-piece design with a medium-fast action taper that is smooth, sensitive and precise; making it easy for beginner anglers to learn the sport of fly fishing. Each outfit includes a Ross designed Flystart large arbor disc drag fly reel. The drag is a low maintenance, high performance system that is dependable, smooth and has a wide range of adjustment. The Flystart reel is pre-spooled with premium Scientific Anglers™ fly line, backing and a 9′ tapered leader. Also included is a custom Cordura rod and reel case to protect your gear when traveling or in storage and an instructional DVD. The Journey beginning fly fishing outfits are available in both pink and blue. The outfits are 4wt. designs so they can be fished on most types of water. All of the Ross products included in this outfit can be purchased individually, but when purchased as part of this complete outfit, you will save more than $100.00!

JOURNEY FEATURES:

• Ross proprietary R-1 graphite design
• Medium-fast action rod taper, perfect for youth anglers
• 4-piece design – great for travel!
• Smooth casting, sensitive and precise
• Titanium oxide, super strong guides
• Rod piece alignment dots
• Anodized aluminum reel seat
• Youth sized half wells handle
• Cordura rod case
• Available in blue, pink
• Lifetime Warranty

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SCIENTIFIC ANGLERS TROUT FLY FISHING STARTER KIT

Length: No information available
Line weight : 5/6
Number of sections: 4
Includes Reel: Yes
MSRP: $95

This Trout Fly Fishing Outfit includes a high quality 4-piece 5/6 weight graphite rod for smooth and easy casting. Preloaded disc drag reel ready to fish with the specific line and flies designed to work well for panfish.  Also includes a special 2 in 1 DVD with “Fly Fishing Made Easy” and “Panfish and Bass with Larry Dahlberg.”

Included in this kit:

• 4-piece, 5/6 weight graphite rod
• Lightweight for smooth and easy casting
• Pre-Loaded Scientific Anglers Concept 2 Fly Reel Loaded with backing, Scientific Anglers fly line and leader, and is ready to use
• Fly Box with Flies
• 2-in-1 Instructional DVD (the contents of both of the DVD titles below are included on a single special-issue DVD)

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TFO Bug Launcher Kids Fly Rod

Length: 7′ and 8′
Line weight : 4/5 and 5/6
Number of sections: 2
Includes Reel: No
MSRP: $79.95

Bug Launchers include thinner diameter compressed cork grips for a better fit in smaller hands.  The yellow Bug Launcher logo stands out against a candy apple red blank.  Speaking of blanks, this series is made from general graphite so there’s less risk when that passing dragonfly happens to take a swipe.  An extended reel seat allows smaller anglers to use two hands for more control.  Two models, a 7’ 4/5 weight and an 8’ 5/6 weight, both are 2 piece and have a suggested retail of $79.95

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Based on these kids fly rod offerings from reputable manufacturers, young anglers don’t have to fish with junk equipment that’s little more than a colorful toy, and parents don’t have to break the bank to get quality gear for their kids.  Kids are the future of the sport, so get them away from their video games, get them a fly rod they’ll be thrilled to call their own, tie on a woolly bugger, and take ‘em fishing! You’ll be glad you did, and so will they.