Beginner fishing continues with the selection of the fishing pole. if you have gone to the local discount store they usually have combinations of rod and reel already set-up from the manufacturer, but these are not always the best choice. If you are buying for a little more advanced fisherman or a little older youth then the options are compounded. But typically you can base your selection of pole size to the size of the fisherman and the fish that you are expected to catch. Rod sizes are marked near the handles with rod length, action, line weights. A good rod size to start a small person off with would be 4- 5 foot long, something that is easy for them to hold and control. They will need to be able to hold it with one hand and be able to turn the reel handle with the other hand. The length is not as important as the person gets older. Being able to handle the rod and control where you are casting too become more important. The "where" they are going to fish and the "for what" also are factors that need to be considered when taking new fishermen out in the beginning stages. Generally speaking you want to go somewhere that will be easy for the person to fish at. no tall weeds or bushes, no low overhanging trees. basically somewhere that they can make mistakes without causing you too much frustration, If you are not having a good time because you having to get their hook out of the trees or bushes it will show and they will get discouraged and not have a good time because of your reaction. Of course if you have a nice grassy area where there are no snakes and you that have a place they can play and explore a little without danger then that makes it that much better of a time for them and you. just remember when planning your trips this is not about you catching a bunch of fish but introducing a new fisherman to the sport. After the basics are established then you can tackle the harder places to fish. Back to rod selection - a medium action with a line weight of around 10 lbs is stable for most bank fishing. A fishing pole that is to "whippy" is harder to cast as os one that is too stiff. You want some flex in the rod to allow the rod to assist with the throwing of the bait. A rod that is to flexible or to stiff makes this harder to do. I have seen casting reeling mounted on rods made for spinning reels for sale at the discount stores, this really does not help any young person when they are learning to fish, the proper set-up it a big part of comfortable fishing, and fishing should be comfortable to be fun. a spinning rod typically has a straight handle section and a casting rod typically has a curved " pistol grip" style of handle.