Spey-for-all

When my son was 5 years old he asked me if we could go fly fishing together. He had been with me on the hunt for Salmon in Norway and fishing for Sea trout in Sweden before, but this was the first time he wanted to fish with a fly rod on his own. 
“-We can give it a try” I replied but wasn't sure how he would be able to pull it off. Even with a light 7-8ft #3 rod it would be tricky for him to hold the rod properly and to get the right feeling when to stop in the back- and forward stroke.  Also the handle on a normal rod is way too thick for his hands. 
We went down to the local river on the quest for some Grayling, but straight away my fear for all the problems with the rod in his small hands came true.  The rod tip was difficult for him to control as the line made the rod heavy and the fly ended up being caught on the bank behind him. 
He would do much better spey casting, I said to myself. But doing so with a single handed rod is not easy, not even for experienced adult fisherman. 

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