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 We are thinking about getting an affordable combo,  maybe an LLB Quest outfit for my little girls birthday. She is turning 9 and about 70 pounds. She has been asking to fly fish! 

 

Im really just questioning the length and weight. Maybe 8.5' in a 5wt, or 7.5' in a 4wt?

 

Leaning toward the 5wt.

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My grandson is 12 but he is a little fella at 4'9" and about 90lbs. The gentleman at Cabela's that outfitted him suggested a 9ft rod in 5wt to "get the line up off the water" and aid with casting.

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When my son started at 9 years old I went to Beans.  They recommend Quest outfit in either 7' or 7-6" in 4 wt.  Their theory was that he would have better control, less waggle and therefore better casts.  FWIW, he mastered it quickly and I had few issues with wind knots and such.  He still uses it at age 17 and outcasts me with my H2, hmmm.  

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I THINK I MAY GO WITH THE 7.5' - 4WT JUST TO GET HER STARTED. I'LL GET HER SOME PANFISH.  

 

WE CAN ALWAYS GO BIGGER AS SHE GROWS. I HOPE SHE ENJOYS IT.

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Good luck and have fun with it!

I got my son the Echo Gecko 7' 9" outfit for his first Christmas last year - heard lots of good things about that outfit.  I wish I could advise on use but he's only 7months. 

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Santa brought my son a 7' 4wt Eagleclaw Featherlight.  he is 5 and weighs about 45 lbs.  With a reel and line, the whole set up was about $40 on amazon.  

Obviously we could have gone a notch or two higher, but for $40, he can have fun with it, and no harm if the accidents happen.  He still relys heavily on a two handed cast, because of the weight and length, but it is doing the job for now.  

I will also admit that I hijack it often to throw poppers for panfish, and small dries for mountain trout, and it is a fun little stick. 

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9 hours ago, 733subducker said:

I THINK I MAY GO WITH THE 7.5' - 4WT JUST TO GET HER STARTED. I'LL GET HER SOME PANFISH.  

 

WE CAN ALWAYS GO BIGGER AS SHE GROWS. I HOPE SHE ENJOYS IT.

Sounds right to me. All my grandchildren started off with shorter easy to handle rods. 

Ron

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TGIF - that sounds like a great little outfit.   I'm keeping fingers crossed that mine is not too big for his early years. 

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Try a Tenkara rod. No reel to complicate things. 

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Hope she gets  some. That’s pretty cool. Does she like the rod?

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42 minutes ago, theflyguy said:

Hope she gets  some. That’s pretty cool. Does she like the rod?

SHE DOES! I THINK SHE WILL REALLY LIKE IT WHEN SHE GETS THAT FIRST FISH.

 

SHE ALREADY DOES VERY VERY WELL ON A SPINNING ORD AND LOVES TO FISH.

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That’s great she will love the feel of having a fish on them I am sure. I wish my son liked it more but he rather play video games hopefully someday

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