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The best rods and reels to start your kid fishing

Start them off young.
Start them off young. (Adam Sherez via Unsplash/)

We’re thrilled you’re in the market for kids fishing rods and reels. The world needs more anglers, and starting them young will pay off for you in the long run. But what do you need? Should you buy something basic and inexpensive figuring your angler-to-be may well lose interest? Should you pick up something pricier that will last longer? Some of those answers are best left up to you, but we’re here to help break down four solid options.

Start them young.
Start them young. (Amazon/)

If you think 3 years old is too young for fishing, think again. All your little tyke needs is this basic starter rod and reel kit and something to clip on the end. Reel in a catch every time. As he or she outgrows the plastic fish, tie on a real hook and go for it.

Buy it all.
Buy it all. (Amazon/)

We don’t blame you if you’re not sure what you need for your child’s first fishing outing. So stop worrying about it and just buy a set that includes everything. This combination includes a tackle box, plenty of hooks, weight, bobbers and lures, a net, a rod and reel, and even a convenient bag to hold it all. Throw this in the boat or take it to the beach and watch your child discover fishing.

Keep them engaged.
Keep them engaged. (Amazon/)

Maybe your kid outgrew the Micky Mouse rod you bought him or her years ago. Maybe your child wants to get started and is too old for a Disney character rod. Take a look at this one. The 6-foot rod has two pieces and an all-metal body and handle. It’s good for right or left-handed anglers and comes spooled with 100 yards of 10-pound line. When fishing starts to get serious, bring this one along.

They’re old enough to start.
They’re old enough to start. (Amazon/)

Fly fishing is most certainly an art, but it’s an art that even young kids can figure out. When your child is ready to begin fishing with more than a spinning rod, consider this set up. It has four pieces and comes with a reel, line, and a convenient case to keep it all safe. It has a soft action and shorter rod length with a small, two-handed grip to help them learn even earlier.


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