Don't want to rain on your parade as it sounds a nice one - BUT - that rod is wrong for a young beginning fly fisher. Mostly it is too long!! As a casting instructor I suggest a rod which is 1 1/2 times the height of the youth. Although money is tight - I do appreciate making this activity fit his budget - try to find a way to get a shorter rod. Some time ago when Winston entered the mid-price rod market with their 'Ibis' rods, they had a 7'6" rod for a 5wt. line which was designed for the beginning angler who had a dedicated green stick parent. A search might turn one up.