Tamara, assuming that you’re looking for spinning gear for your son rather than fly fishing gear, here are a few sources that you might check out, with two spinning rods and a spinning reel specifically noted:
A number of inexpensive, lightweight spinning rods and reels are available at Cabela’s. Here’s a spinning reel and a spinning rod that have both received very good reviews, at least by customers at the Cabela web site:
Reel -- Pflueger 4410 Micro ($24.99)
Rod -- Quantum XtraLite XTS562UL Rod ($19.99)
A drawback to the Quantum rod is it's length at 5’ 6” & the fact that it only breaks down to two sections. Not very compact for backpacking.
Another source for a lightweight spinning rod that would fit better for backpacking is Cooks of Oregon. Cooks makes rods that it auctions/sells on eBay, mostly fly rods but some spinning rods. One of Cooks' spinning rods (SB720-4) is half a foot longer (6’) than the Quantum, and uses a little heavier line (4# to 8#). However, the Cooks spinning rod has four sections with a packed length of about 19 ½”, much better for backpacking.
The SB720-4 regularly lists on eBay with a “buy it now” price of $119 and starting bid set at $109. Although it’s quite a bit more expensive than the Quantum, it does appear to be a very good quality rod based on the following description given with its eBay listing:
“This 4pc. rod is custom made by Cooks of Oregon. It features a Forecast RX6 graphite blank, Fuji guides spinning guides, Fuji graphite reel seat, and grade A cork handle. I designed this rod to be super light, and super sensitive. The rod has a fast action, and feels better than any pack rod I have ever built. It has lots of backbone, and would handle smallies, walleye, largemouth, trout, and pretty much any fish under 12 lbs. It breaks down to under 20" and would be great for the traveling sportsmen, or someone who loves to backpack. The blank only weighs 1.4oz. It is rated for 1/16-5/16oz. lures, and 4-8lb.”
The eBay listing for the above Cooks rod is at: