How Do You Size a Fishing Pole for Kids?

When it comes to fishing, having the right sized fishing pole can make all the difference in the world. Finding the right size for a child can be tricky; too small and they won’t be able to cast properly, too large and they won’t be able to control the rod. With that in mind, here are some tips on how to size a fishing pole for kids:

Know Your Child’s Height:

The first thing you should do when sizing a fishing pole for a child is to measure their height. This will give you an idea of what size rod is best for them. Generally speaking, if your child is between 3-4 feet tall, look for a rod that’s about 4-5 feet long; if they’re between 4-5 feet tall, look for one that’s 5-6 feet long.

Choose A Light Action Rod:

Once you know your child’s height and have chosen an appropriate length rod, it’s time to decide on the type of rod. When it comes to kids rods, it’s best to choose something with a light action – this means that the rod will bend more easily when your child casts. This makes it easier for them to learn how to properly cast without risking overloading their arm.

Pick The Right Line Weight:

When it comes time to pick out the fishing line, there are three main weights: light (2-6 lb), medium (8-12 lb) and heavy (14-20 lb). For kids, light weight line is usually recommended as it allows them more control while casting and prevents them from getting tangled up with heavier lines. If you’re unsure which weight line would work best for your child, ask an experienced fisherman or salesperson at your local sporting goods store.


Sizing a fishing pole for kids doesn’t have to be difficult; all you need is some basic knowledge about their height and what type of rod and line weight would work best. Just remember to always choose something with a light action and light weight line so that your child can have an enjoyable time out on the water!

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Daniel Bennet