Top 4 Best Fly Rods for Kids [2021 Edition]

Fly fishing is not just for adults. Kids can easily be taught to fly fish. There are many who become hooked (no pun intended) on fly fishing. In order to avoid frustration in learning to fly fish, you need to get the right kids fly rods.

The best fly rod for kids that we have discovered in our research is the Wild Water Fly Fishing Kit. We like the Wild Water combo for several reasons.

  • 7′ foot length makes it excellent for kids
  • IM8 graphite with slow action
  • Die-cast aluminum reel with adjustable drag
  • Breaks down into 4 pieces for portability
  • Includes a hard-tube rod case
  • Includes numerous accessories

The Wild Water is affordable at around $100 which is a great price point since you don’t want to buy a young beginner a $400 fly rod. The short length makes it easy for them to handle and to learn casting very easily.

Below we take a look at this kid-friendly fly fishing rod and 4 more we think you’ll like.

Top 4 Best Fly Rods for Kids

When selecting these 4 fly rods we look at price, features, and length. As far as the price we tried to stay at around $100 or less, preferably less. Features we were looking for we material used for the construction of the rods and reels, as well as any accessories included in the price.

For kids, we wanted to keep the length as manageable as possible so we did all we could to stay under an 8-foot length.

#1 Wild Water Fly Fishing 7-Foot Combo Starter Package

Wild Water Fly Fishing 7 Foot, 4-Piece, 3/4 Weight Fly Rod Deluxe...
  • FLY ROD: 3/4 weight, 7', 4 Piece, slow action, IM8 graphite. Has machined aluminum reel seat with double lock rings and laser etched butt cap, 7”...
  • ROD CASE: 26.25” hard tube rod case with, reel pouch and side storage pouch with zipper. The case will hold rod, reel, fly box and all the...

This is our Top Pick for a children’s fly rod. This rod has a lot going which we really liked. It features a 7-foot 3/4 weight, slow action IM8 graphite rod. The length in our opinion is perfect for kids and just about any beginner.

It breaks down into 4 sections for easy portability and storage. You get a very nice rod case that is 26 1/4 inches long with a reel pouch and side storage with a zipper. The case comes with a carrying strap and a hanging ring as well.

The 75mm diameter spool is made of die-cast aluminum and comes pre-installed with chartreuse weight-forward 3 floating line, 20# orange backing, and 7.5′ 5X tapered leader.

The reel can be quickly changed from left to right retrieve. This is an excellent combo for trout, panfish, small bass, small streams and ponds. Easy to carry in your backpack too.

Pros

  • 7-foot length
  • Graphite rod
  • Die-cast aluminum fly reel
  • Include rod case
  • Lots of accessories
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Fly line is low quality
  • Noisy unbalanced reel
  • Changing retrieve from left to right can be a bit messy

#2 Net Angler Fly Fishing Rod and Reel Combo

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NetAngler Fly Fishing Rod and Reel Combo 4-Piece Fly Fishing Rod 5wt...
  • FLY FISHING OUTFIT STARTER FULL KIT :5/6 Weight Fly Complete Starter Package includes 1 fly fishing rod with a free rod tip+ 1 fishing reel with...
  • LIGHTWEIGHT FLY ROD&CONVENIENT to CARRY AROUND: 4 sections designed fly rod,1 free tip of the rod specially for starters;made of carbon fiber,super...

The Net Angler Fly Fishing Combo is another nice fly rod for kids. It is very similar to the Wild Water combo above having almost the same accessories and rod case. The major difference is the Net Angler is an 8-foot fly rod and is 5/6 weight.

It breaks down in to 4 27-inch long section for easy storage in the included rod case. It comes with 1 additional free rod tip made specifically for beginners. This tip is made of carbon fiber and is very light.

The reel weighs just 5.2 ounces and is made of diecast aluminum. It comes pre-spooled with a 5/6 line. The reel can be either right or lefthanded retrieve. The Net Angler is a very nice fly rod for trout and most panfish.

Pros

  • Only 8 feet long
  • Breaks down for easy storage
  • Lots of accessories
  • Excellent starter combo
  • Affordable price

Cons

  • Some have arrived with broken tips
  • Rod is not very flexible
  • Tip section is prone to fracture when dislodging stuck flies

#3 Plusinno Fly Fishing Rod Starter Package

The Plusinno Fly Fishing Rod and Reel Combo is an excellent starter package for any wanting to get into the sport of fly fishing. The fly rod is a 4-piece lightweight ultra portable graphite rod with stainless steel stripper guide. The stainless steel stripper guides reduce friction and heat and won’t harm the fish line.

The rod is made with compressed cork trim rings, adjustable CNC aluminum reel seat and hook keeper.

The diecast aluminum reel is pre-spooled with line, and has a 1:1 gear ratio. Included in this starter package is a beautiful travel case and an an assortment of 12 hand-tied flies, forceps, line nipper and strike indicators.

Pros

  • 8-foot rod
  • Nice price point
  • Good quality carry case
  • Nice accessories

Cons

  • Rod tips tend to easily brake
  • Customer service not up to par
  • Some units have arrived broken

#4 Aventik Eupheng Fly Fishing Combo

Aventik Eupheng makes 3 fly rod combos that we think are perfect for kids of all ages. What makes these combos fly fishing combo attractive the length of the rod. The fly rods are available in 3 sizes; 6′ 1″ 0/1 weight, 6’8″ 2/3 weight, and a 7’6″ 3/4 weight rod. These fly rods are easily handled by most kids. These 4-piece fast action fly rods use imported Portuguese Grade-A cork for the handle.

The 6’1″ rod weighs a mere 3.15 ounces. The fly reel has a 76mm spool and is made of a Polymeric material. It has a rugged central disc drag, and a one-way bearing for easy conversion between hands.

The carry case is a 25″ cordura rod tube with a reel pouch and an exterior mesh pocket. These rods are guaranteed for 25 years.

Accessories include 12 flies, retractable wader ring, line nipper with nail knot tying tool, and hook eye cleaner.

Pros

  • Length is perfect for kids
  • Under $100
  • Sturdy rod case
  • 4-Piece rod for easy portability
  • 25-year guarantee

Cons

  • None

Summary

I’ve been a fly fishing aficionado for well over 30 years and it is a pastime worth sharing with you kids. Introducing your kids to fly fishing is best done by selection a fly rod that fits them and won’t break the bank, just in case they end up not liking it. The 4 rly rods we’ve selected as the Best Fly Rods for Kids fit the bill perfectly.


I'm Ray the owner/author of The Fishing Geek a blog about all things fishing. Even since I was a kid I've loved fishing and here I write what I know, gear reviews, tips, and much more.