Kids’ stuff

Tackle, apparel and accessories for getting youngsters hooked on fishing

Just like grown-ups, youthful anglers love gear, especially having their very own. Here’s some of the latest just-for-kids tackle to help inspire a love of fishing in young anglers.

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ZOMBIE YOUTH TACKLE BOX

US$19.99, Plano Molding, www.planomolding.com

Key features: Two top-access compartments and full-size lift-out tray; includes 60-piece tackle kit with jigs, soft-plastics, spinners, weights and Eagle Claw hooks.

The promise: “Functional and fun for any young angler.”

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BUG LAUNCHER

$165.99, Temple Fork Outfitters, www.templeforkoutfitters.ca

Key features: Eight-foot, two-piece 5/6-weight graphite fly rod; thinner grip for small hands; extended reel seat for more rod control; includes TFO’s NXT reel and weight-forward floating line.

The promise: “Just tie a fly on and let the fun begin.”

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FLUKE JR

US$18.95, Flying Fisherman, www.flyingfisherman.com

Key features: Lightweight and durable frames with non-slip nose and temple pads; polarized lenses are impact and scratch resistant.

The promise: “Block sun, wind and damaging UV rays for smaller faces.”

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ELK RIVER YOUTH VEST

US$69.95, Fishpond, www.fishpondusa.com

Key features: Lightweight fabric, with padded shoulder straps; 13 pockets, plus gear attachment tabs and loops; adjustable shoulder and waist straps to fit most youths.

The promise: “Comfortable for all-day use.”`

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SKIPPER

US$899, Jackson Kayak, www.jacksonkayak.com

Key features: At 10 feet long and 28 inches wide, it’s stable but fast; for anglers up to 125 pounds; comfortable high/low seat; rod holders; RAM accessory track.

The promise: “Designed from the ground up for the youth fisherman.”

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GLY STIK GX2 YOUTH SPINNING COMBO

$59.99, Ugly Stik, www.uglystik.com

Key features: Two-piece, 5' 6" medium-action rod; EVA split grip for lighter weight and smaller hands; 30-size reel with machined anodized aluminum spool.

The promise: “Ugly Stik toughness with a modern look.”

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CROSSWATER YOUTH WADER AND BOOTS

US$99.95 & US$79.95, Redington, www.redington.com

Key features: Three-layer, waterproof, breathable DWR-coated fabric; integrated gravel guards; flip-out pocket; boots available in kids sizes 2, 4 and 6.

The promise: “Designed specifically for the adventurous kid.”

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ESCAPE YOUTH

US$59.95, Stohlquist WaterWare, www.stohlquist.com

Key features: Type III PFD for 50- to 90-pound youths; low profile with soft foam for body-hugging comfort; fully adjustable at sides and shoulders; pleated zip pocket.

The promise: “Combines the essentials of comfort and safety.”

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YOUNG USE

A serious young angler needs at least some serious gear. But before you break open the piggy bank, consider the following factors.

Quality

Gear for kids varies widely in quality, so inspect everything with a critical eye before buying. If tackle—especially a reel—looks cheap and lousy, you may spend your outing repairing it instead of fishing. Be extra wary of cartoon-themed equipment.

Ability

As kids get more experienced, they can move from simple spincasting gear to spinning and even baitcasting or fly tackle outfits. But don’t rush them. Buying advanced, complicated tackle for children to “grow into” can lead to frustration and disappointment.