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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-10-2015, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
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Young Two handed fisher

A couple of weeks ago we spent a week in southern Colorado on Vacation. Sadie wanted to go fishing one afternoon, so we spent some time on a high elevation meadow. We are at about 9900 feet in these pictures. I have had Sadie using a tenkara rod as a two handed rod for a couple of years. I taught her a couple of basic two handed casts and she is able to fish down and across from both banks of a stream. Not bad for an 8 year old. SHe can actually cast better that a bunch of old guys I know...

She can actually cast my bamboo trout rods, but the tenkara is so much easier for there is so much less going on to deal with. However, she has asked me to put together a two handed rod for her with pink wraps. I will most likely build out an ARE 11 2/3 to use. She likes the brown blank and thinks that pink would go well with it.

Here is the proud papa:



Here is the young one.

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That is too awesome!!
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You're doin' it right, amigo!

Well done. Please post some pics when you hand that young lady her new rod!!

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That's so cool! Wish my kids were into any type of fishing but no go on that front.

Pics when she gets the new rod please.
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Thanks for sharing! Could you clarify on how to use a Tenkara rod as a two handed rod since the weight of the lines each respective rod (tenkara vs spey) is so different. Might use it for my kids if you could assist.
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Pair that new stick with Rio Breast Cancer pink Gold line! She probably would dig that!

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Tenkara rods, two-handed

Adults will use the longest Tenkara rods with both hands because it can be tiring to use them one-handed for very long. Kids may find it easier to use shorter Tenkara rods with both hands for the same reason.

Usually, both use overhead casts, with conventional mono or furled lines. But it is possible to use Spey casts, especially when longer, lightweight coated fly lines are used.
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Awesome. Hopefully have my son on the same path.

Are those waders the oakiwear ones? Looking at a pair for him
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Rustybee - Sunk Fly is right on the mark. Sadie has a 8.5ft and a 10.5ft tenkara. She gets tired trying to cast one handed, but by using two hands she can fish for a long time. She normally uses the 10.5ft one for the added reach and since it is a softer action rod, it's more fun for her. I made my own 9ft furled leader (pink and waterproofed) and add about 5/7ft of leader/tippet. She is able to fish about a 30ft arc. Essentially I've taught her to fish it like I would with wet flys/soft hackles quartering down most of the time. She fishes it using a modified sustained anchor (sort of a snap t) and roll casts. They are not always the smoothest, but better than some adults I've seen cast. And she gets the watered covered and gets a kick out of the takes on a swung fly. She does set up a bit hard at times on the fish, thought she was trying to lift a 30" B run off the bottom once this trip. She very seldom makes an overhead cast on the trout stream. I've taught her to keep her line straight as needed, just like most of us would when fishing a wet fly. I haven't tried to teach her to mend yet, just simple down and across. On ponds for panfish, she does make overhead casts, and she really gets after the bluegills. One day she caught about 30 fish in 45 mins with the tenkara. Not that the pink lightning bug and the pink power bait had anything to do with it...

Leaky, you are right - they are from Oakiwear. Got them about 18 months ago and they have held up well. They were helpful in helping me figure out what size to get her. I think that by next spring I'll have to get a bigger pair.

On another note, She is a trooper. The day before we hiked for six hours and made a climb to about 11,300ft. She was upset for we didn't reach the top of the peak...
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Great stuff, there. (I dig the pink waders, too. :-) )

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Thanks Fred and she does like tea parties. I'm hoping that she will still want to fish with me when I am no longer cool. She just loves the outdoors.
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Thanks Fred and she does like tea parties. I'm hoping that she will still want to fish with me when I am no longer cool. She just loves the outdoors.
Yes, 2H Rod is easier for a young child to cast. My youngest learnt on a custom 2 handed Scott Alpha and as fish with me over the many years (including the teenage years) and has a natural cast. This year we went out together, when I visit her in Ireland.

I am sure she also appreciates you sharing in her tea parties too.
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