Pat, I think many people don’t realize that LL Bean is more than a clothing manufacturer and they actually make some pretty decent fly fishing gear. My first fly rod was made by Eddie Bauer, before all they did was make clothes. Good that your origins got you off on the right foot into a hopeless career of fly fishing! Hard to believe you’ve only been fishing for a year 😉
My 5 year old son went bananas for this gift. This is his first fishing pole and after shopping an Ugly Stik I ended up getting this instead because I decided I didn't want to spend too much on a kids fishing pole when I wasn't even sure my son would enjoy fishing! Well it ended up being much more than I was expecting! The weight and material of it give it an authentic feel (not just a toy) and the line really casts! My husband was impressed with it too. Score one for mom.
Lots of people are turned off of fly fishing by a few glances at ugly price tags, but there’s plenty of accessibility to be had. A good many of us got around the up-front expenses buying an all-in-one package or kit, but while some nice ones do exist, there are also loads of “outfits” that package shoddy products; in our experience, those will simply add to your beginner’s frustrations.
The most important thing with fishing is to be confident with the method and the area in which you are fishing. If you get a bad feeling that a certain technique or area you are fishing in isn’t going to produce, try something new or move to a different spot. Many tips and techniques can be learned from fishing magazines and books. And you should consider reading some before you come on your trip as it will help you understand what the fish are looking for and it will give you the best possible opportunity to catch your limit and have a great time on your boundary waters adventure. The same techniques will work on most all of the different lakes. Look for similar structure from lake to lake and follow the wind, always follow the wind. With this you’ll do well in any lake.
When not in use, your child can keep their rod in the included sleek black carry case. Made from 600-denier Oxford fabric, it features convenient handles and a side pocket perfect for storing tackle, line and other fishing accessories. The package also includes an easy-to-use spincast reel, fishing line and a plastic cap that fits over the rod to protect the guide rings in transit. 

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Rod, Reel and appropriate line for your targeted fish.  If I’m exploring “mystery water” that I’ve never fished, II grab my trusty 9’, 5 weight rod with floating weight forward line.  I think of this fly rod as my Michigan 80% rod.  It can handle 80% of anything I might find in my home state.  A little light for steelhead and to stout for bluegills but most fish in between are fair game.
A hook and worm alone are too light to sink very deeply. You’ll need to attach a weight or “sinker” to your fishing rig in order to compensate for that. I’ve lost plenty of sinkers on fishing expeditions so it’s good to have some extras on hand. Sinkers are traditionally made of lead, but some states are beginning to outlaw the use of lead sinkers for environmental reasons. It wouldn’t surprise me if the this trend continues. Other options for sinker materials are brass, tungsten, steel, and bismuth.
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