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.






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′. There is a good review of these rods on The Fiberglass Manifesto.





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.


• 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





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.


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.




Length: 8′
Line weight : 5/6
Number of sections: 2
Includes Reel:  Yes
MSRP: $109.95

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.


• 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)



Length: 8′ 6″
Line weight : 5/6
Number of sections: 4
Includes Reel:  Yes
MSRP: $149.95

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.”


• 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




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 $89.95 for the rod, or $159.95 for the outfit that includes a reel.



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.