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    I have an 8 year old niece who has decided that for the moment, she’s interested in learning to fly fish. She’s in St Louis so I can’t send her into Little River like I’d want to. I said I’d get her an appropriate sized rig so she can start out. Do you folks have any recommendations? (I learned as an adult)

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    Here is a kid specific fly rod:

    https://echoflyfishing.com/project/echogecko/

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    How much money do you want to spend?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JayR View Post
    Here is a kid specific fly rod:

    https://echoflyfishing.com/project/echogecko/
    I would second the Echo Gecko for a kid!
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    Quote Originally Posted by flyman View Post
    How much money do you want to spend?
    I spent a couple hundred on my starter rod. I can do that and more if the rig is something she can use for a while. I can’t guarantee she will use it more than once or twice. Hopefully she will love it, but who knows with kids.

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    I am mostly wondering about a good length and weight. I have a 6” 2wt for small streams but I’d be kind of terrified to have that in her hands. It’s delicate! If I get a nicer, useful rig, I can see my brother in law “borrowing” it!

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    Orvis, Echo, Reddington, Temple Fork etc just about all have kits that include rod, line, and reel for that price. I think something in the 7' to 8' length that cast a 4 or 5 wt line would be fine for her in the Smokeys. A shorter lighter line weight rod takes a little more skill to cast. I would buy something she can grow into vs something kid specific. She will loose interest in the Nemo/Barbie stuff quickly when she's 12 or 13 If all else fails it becomes your backup/friend rod.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flyman View Post
    Orvis, Echo, Reddington, Temple Fork etc just about all have kits that include rod, line, and reel for that price. I think something in the 7' to 8' length that cast a 4 or 5 wt line would be fine for her in the Smokeys. A shorter lighter line weight rod takes a little more skill to cast. I would buy something she can grow into vs something kid specific. She will loose interest in the Nemo/Barbie stuff quickly when she's 12 or 13 If all else fails it becomes your backup/friend rod.
    That’s what I was looking for. Thanks for the advice.

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    The Echo Gecko rod a couple of other guys mentions falls within those specifications as well. I'm sure it would be fine if she would prefer something like that rod.
    Last edited by flyman; 06-29-2020 at 04:00 PM. Reason: genetics have been cruel to me
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    I recently guided a Dad and his 10 year old son out on the drift boat. Dad had bought his son a new Orvis Encounter 8'6' 5wt combo to learn how to fly fish with. I was pretty impressed with the combo and how well balanced it was. He picked up the basic cast pretty quickly and soon was into several fish. For $170, It is a rod combo that can be used for trout and light bass and bream. Highly recommend it.

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