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ECHO Fly Rods from Rajeff Sports! Reviewed and Approved! - Home Page
 


EHCO Fly Rod


Echo 9 foot 6 weight Fly Rod!

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Review

Echo Carbon 690-4 9’0” #6 Line A9

When I test a product it may be a “hit” or a “miss” from the get-go, but I generally continue to use it until I’m reasonably certain. A good example of that came this spring when I first tried the Echo Carbon 690-4 fly rod. The 9’0” 6 weight 4-piece floated Montana’s Big Horn River with me for an early season go at the Rainbows and Browns who thrive there. Now I’ve been a dry fly guy for a long, long time but that would have been a waste of effort. Nymphing is the only way to go that time of year on the Big Horn and I’ve been working a lot on that aspect over the past two years or so. The conditions were good and the results even better. The Echo responded as expected (my expectations are always high). My only concern was a higher frequency of tangles and the precious minutes that floated by as I retied. At that point I would have been lukewarm to the rod. But since it was probably my own damn fault, I considered it neither a “hit” nor a “miss”.

A couple of subsequent trips to the Big Horn produced similar results but after the runoff on free-flowing rivers began to drop (the flow of the Big Horn is controlled), I tried one of my favorite spots at the base of the Beartooth Mountains. The water is smaller, the casting shorter, the tangles fewer and the overall results better. It was then that I recognized the rod itself is beautifully built with all components (the cork, the guides and the reel seat) as you would expect to find in a much more spendy rod. I was coming around to the Echo, but still wasn’t sure.

Later that same day my dry fly background got the better of me. I’m one of those guys who claim that hoppers work almost all of the time, not just when the live bugs are out in July and August, but also when the artificial bug is the only one on the water. I rigged for a hopper and success was instantly better, not that I caught more fish (I did), but that I was throwing greater distance with less effort and my accuracy was uncanny. I was becoming “hooked”.

My next trip was to a section of the upper Stillwater River (don’t ask me exactly where). This river is twice the size of the free-flower mentioned above and, to fish the edges with a hopper, the throw can be very long. This is the day I fell in love with the rod. Even when it was windy I was able to accurately reach my spots with comparative ease. And these were the spots where the big Browns were sitting. Forget that part about the “upper” Stillwater. Let’s just say it was somewhere on the Stillwater.

Today, the Echo is resting in its mount on the wall. I always keep my rods rigged and ready to go. Tomorrow I’m going back to the Big Horn. The word is that they’re hitting nymphs so I’m taking two rods; one for nymphing and the Echo Carbon rigged with a hopper just for fun and to test my theory.


Echo Carbon Rods
9 ft. 5 wt.
9 ft. 6 wt.

When Tim Rajeff set out to create the next generation of affordable trout rods he had no idea they were going to turn out so darn good looking. Getting the action and power correct was his main goal. Tim dedicated the first half of 2008 to make sure every model in the ECHO CARBON family is smooth and easy to cast. All but a few of these rods have smooth Medium Fast actions and possess power that would be considered close to "average or normal" for each line rating. You get no surprises when choosing an ECHO CARBON rod.

With a matte brown finish and a custom Rajeff Sports Echo Man reel seat, the ECHO CARBON rods stand out as the best-looking rod under $200 made.

Features

Four piece travel design
Alignment dots for quick assembly
Brown Cordura covered rod tube
Matte brown blank color
Anodized aluminum reel seat
Single foot snake guides
20" fish hero mark

Echo TR Rods
12 ft. 5 wt.
13 ft. 7 wt.

What do you do when you have a slight hitch in your giddy-up? If you are, a two hand fly person who owns their own rod company you simply create a family of rods that help you cast better. Tim Rajeff took the popular Echo Classic spey rods and gave them a little more oomph in the bottom half of the rod to keep up with his slightly more abrupt power application. The new Echo TR rods look like something from a TV battlefield and perform, as they are serious. With modest tip power combined with a little extra butt power, Echo TR rods will throw tighter loops farther than you ever dreamed possible. Load them up with a Skagit head and they slow down enough to make fishing sink tips a breeze. Available in a #5 trout Spey size all the way to a 15 foot #10 rod to keep long casters likes Larry Aiuppy casting well past dark.

Echo TR rods feature:

Four piece travel design
Alignment dots for quick assembly
Premium grade cork handles with composite pressure zones
Handle lengths vary with each model
Black anodized reel seat
Matte army green blank
Black stripper and snake guides
Green Cordura case

Drawback

None

Rating

Good Water...Great!

Testers

Pat Stinson
Jim Abel

Suggested Retail

Echo Carbon Rods...$169.99
Echo TR Rods...$349.99

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