Rods. A twelve foot rod of either composite glass/carbon fibre is suitable for most youngsters. If you can get one that will take a screw in quiver or swing tip.
Reels. There is a vast range of fixed spool reels available. most of those in the £20 to£30 bracket will be ok. Most come with two spools, a shallow an a deep. The shallow can be loaded with 3lb line for float fishing. The deep with 5lb line for ledger and feeder work
Hooks. Hooks to nylon in sizes 14 for sweetcorn and large baits, 16, 18 and 20 for maggots and punched bread. Barbless are required at most commercial venues and are safer for learners.
Floats. A selection of wagglers from 3bb to 3aa loaded or plain and the connecting adapters.
Weights. Weights are available in multi dispensers for the larger sizes from swan down to number six. You will need a separate pack of size 8 (small) shot for down the line.
Other items you should have. Landing net, disgorger (for removing hooks), bait box (I recommend 2 pint min size) and a rod rest (rods left on the ground have a nasty habit of getting stepped on). And dare I repeat it LESSONS
Useful items. A box to put your bits in, a comfortable seat and warm clothing. Wellies and waterproofs. Keep net Set of bread punches.
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