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.
Now you are ready to set up your rod with hook, line, and sinker. Tie on a fish hook. Attach 1 or 2 sinkers, 6 to 12 inches above the hook. This weight will keep your bait or lure down in the water and will help swing it away from shore. A bobber lets you know when fish are biting, because it moves up and down in the water as fish nibble at the bait. Most bobbers attach to fishing line with a spring clip and move up and down the line easily, depending on how deep you want to fish the bait.
Speaking of safety, one last thing you absolutely shouldn’t forget is extra protection for your skin. Even if you’re well-covered by clothing, slather or spray on a sun-protectant formula—like the Sun Bum SPF 70 Continuous Spray Sunscreen 6 fl. oz ($15.99)—on all exposed skin areas, especially if you’re going to be fishing out in the sun all day. Make sure your sunscreen tube is small so it can fit in your tackle box and you’ll be reminded to put it on whenever you head out to fish.

Fish finders, marine radios, and flashers are also available for the diehard anglers. There’s no such thing as having too much of an advantage. Navigate the lake on the prowl for another big trophy catch. The latest up-to-date maps and GPS chartplotting are just two more features that help turn your typical day on the water into a fish fest worthy of bragging about.
Now you are ready to set up your rod with hook, line, and sinker. Tie on a fish hook. Attach 1 or 2 sinkers, 6 to 12 inches above the hook. This weight will keep your bait or lure down in the water and will help swing it away from shore. A bobber lets you know when fish are biting, because it moves up and down in the water as fish nibble at the bait. Most bobbers attach to fishing line with a spring clip and move up and down the line easily, depending on how deep you want to fish the bait.
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The fishing line is tied to the tip of the pole and is cast with a simple swaying motion. A quick pull from the base of the pole acts a fulcrum, lifting the fish out of the water. This may seem antiquated but there is a new phenomenon called Tenkara fishing that involves using a pole made from space age materials just like you would a bamboo stick.
I’ve broken the checklist down into three sections “Essential Fly Fishing Gear List”, “General Fly Fishing Gear Checklist” and “Optional”.  In the Essential Fly Fishing Checklist, I’ve included some reasoning for packing it.  Some items will seem obvious, but maybe I can give you some tidbits to think about when filling your fly fishing vest backpack.
Great for teaching the kids how to cast, and my youngest had a BLAST with the "sponge fish" they caught (the 'bait' that turns into fish). Used this rod with some small hooks and grub, and even my 2 year old caught her own Roach fish on the stock line. Well worth the purchase for little ones, but don't expect to catch anything medium or larger on this.
Along with helping kids catch more fish and have more fun, buying them their own gear fuels a sense of ownership in their fishing success. Rather than borrowing someone else's equipment, being able to care for and bring to the water their personal fishing arsenal is priceless. With that in mind, we offer a selection of top gear for young guns. Some of it is designed specifically for youths, while other ageless items fit the youth market nicely on their own.
Fishing rods consist of a slender pole made of strong but pliable materials. When combined with a fishing line and reel, the rod allows you to cast your line far into the water. Rods vary depending on what type of fishing you plan on doing and typically are classified by their action (how far it bends), strength (power), taper and responsiveness. Rods typically are made from graphite or fiberglass.
Other devices which are widely used as bite indicators are floats which float in the water, and dart about if a fish bites, and quiver tips which are mounted onto the tip of the fishing rod. Bite alarms are electronic devices which bleep when a fish tugs a fishing line. Whereas floats and quiver tips are used as visual bite detectors, bite alarms are audible bite detectors.
You'll need a pair of waders to access the best fishing locations on the water. The most common waders are stockingfoot, which are used with wading shoes and are ideal for hiking and longer fishing days. You'll also find bootfoot waders, which are designed for making getting in and out of the water quick and convenience. For more details about this must-have piece of fly fishing gear, check out our waders buying guide.
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HOOKS: When using live bait, smaller hooks are easier to get started in a fish’s mouth than bigger ones. Try size 6 hooks for panfish and crappie. Size 1 hooks work well for bass or catfish. Circle hooks are the ideal hooks for beginners. They won’t end up in a fish’s stomach; instead, they stick in the corner of the fish’s mouth, making for an easy hook removal. Plus, you don’t have to set the hook, just start reeling and the fish hooks itself.

Pulling in a trophy catch this summer is easy once you have the right fishing equipment. Tackling your next big trip is impossible without the proper planning, preparation, and fishing supplies. Whether you want to catch fish in the lake close to home or the deep sea, Sportsman’s Warehouse has the fishing tools to ensure that you’re landing one right after another.
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