In my past two columns I’ve detailed a procedure that makes it easy for a youngster to learn how to use a closed face spinning reel. I’d like to share a few additional thoughts in this third and final column dealing with the same subject.
One of the best ways to turn a child away from fishing for all time is to provide them with mismatched equipment. If you teach them the casting technique I’ve shared with you for the closed face spinning reel, by all means get them a lightweight rod to go with it.
Teach them how to use what you give them before you ever get near the water. I have good reason for making that request. I lived right on the shore of a popular bass and panfish lake for about 35 years. It wasn’t unusual to hear some father yelling (at times even cursing) at the kids he had in his boat. [Read more…]