Two other points: Tenkara rods start at around $135, which is about what the youth combo packages (rod, reel, and line) cost. And, it's easy for kids to land the fish when they hook them. They just lift the rod. Mind you, if Paul ever hooks a 20-incher on that thing, it might get pretty interesting in a hurry. But we'll cross that bridge when we get there, and I am 100 percent convinced that Tenkara fishing is moving him down the learning path in the right direction.