Ya, for an Echo 550.00 is pricey. Wonder if they're trying to enter the higher end market or if the rod is just that well designed. Love the TR, so I'm pretty stoked to see what they put together here.
$550.00 isn't high end but more middle price point. There are lots of opinions about what a kick ass rod feels but I think the Echo 3 will compare favorably against anything in the same price point. The term rocket is a pretty good choice.
Got a chance to fish a run with a 13ft 7wght (I believe) it was this past fall on the Clearwater. Great for short to mid belly lines and is much like any of the new rods with the nano technology. Rocket launcher is the the `word` for sure! Reasonable price for the latest and greatest in graphite and taper.
looking forward to casting the echo, i'm intrigued. i have cast the platinum 6 and 7 switch side by side, much prefered the 7, close to the same grain window, but much different than the 4" in length, and a few grains would seem to indicate. but, according to beulah, the 6 was designed more for nymphing and overhead casts. the 7 more for spey casting, and it does that much better. suprisingly, smaller fish were more fun on the 7 too.
so now after a couple days fishing/casting the 6, 7 and 8...here have been the thoughts on these sticks from both myself and the Mike of Steel.
-they all feel at least a line size lighter in hand than you would expect
-theres a couple minor details that Echo thought of (square rod tube to prevent runaway rods, alignment dots on the reel seat) that just give you that warm fuzzy feeling inside.
-nice work on the cork and grip lengths, and down locking reel seats on the 7 and 8 (this is something im surprised more companies have not already done, especially for two handers), with the uplocker on the 6, probably due to a shorter rear grip
-they each have a different personality...which leads into a short description of each as follows:
the 6127: great size at 12'7'', perfect for small to mid sized rivers where youre throwing smaller flies and lighter tips...surprisingly crispy for a 6 with a quick tip and smooth flex all the way down...great summer stick for dry lines and small flies. such a light stick.
what id line it with: scandi: 360-390 rage: 420 skagit: 420-450
food it reminds me of: a fresh batch of taco time mexi fries with habanero powder.
the 7130: if you liked the classic and even the solo speys, this is the lighter, similar version with that same kind of "take-your-time-but-dont-be-late" action. while im sure this will get dry line time, i would definitely use this as a summer tips rod, and into the fall for when river temps drop and were not quite into the big fly, big tip game.
what id line it with: scandi: 420-450 rage: 450 skagit: 450-510
food it reminds me of: butter. anything with butter....like melting over a warm batch of cinnamon buns where the entire bun is the consistency of the middle.
the 8134: the bang stick. this is the stick ive been waiting for from echo...while the TR8 was a pretty good meat lobber, this E38 is lighter, has a faster recovery, and is gonna do some work for me this winter. with a quick tip, progressive even flex into the mid, and backed by a scarlet johansson booty, this rod needs a mission down deep. a crispy big fly chucker for all your t-whatever needs.
what id line it with: scandi: 510-540 rage: 540 skagit: 540-570
food it reminds me of: chicken fried steak. with a side of steak. and steak fries. with bacon gravy.