Anyone use an Echo Ion in the salt?

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  1. Jordan Simpson

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    Saw an Echo Ion for just a few over $200 and was looking at maybe that since I am on the look out for a 10wt. Has anyone used one in the upper weight class and have any input or views on them as a saltwater rod?

    Thanks!
    J
     
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    DennisE Topwater and tying.

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    Just got a #7 recently to replace a slow Albright #8/9. Set it up with a #7 SA GPX floater and an Outbound intermediate. Seems to work OK but I haven't landed anything yet. They are a little heavy in the butt. Mine is 2 oz. heavier than the Albright (4 vs. 6 oz.) and all of it was in the butt section. I'm heading out after some Chum later. I'll let you know if I get to test its fish-on capabilities!
     
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    As Dennis said, they are a little heavy in the back due to the rubberized cork in the handle. but the rod itself is a very powerful blank that would fall into a moderate-fast category. I know the price is right on these, but check out the Echo 3 too. That thing is a feather.
     
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    If your options are open, also check out the Echo 2 Salt that looks like it was discontinued with the 3 taking its place. The 2 is saltwater proven and is super nice with 2 tips of "distance" and "accuracy", I say that cause I got one in a 6wt. You can get them for the same price of the Eon.
    Have fun.
     
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    Yeah, I don't know. This upcoming trip to Hawai'i is getting more and more expensive as I prepare and gear up for it. The gear alone is more than my flights- round trip. Redics.

    I recently saw one for sale, brand new with case, 4pc, for $165 shipped to the 48. I keep hearing how heavy it is, but weighing it (no pun intended) in price compared to the BVK-my original choice- it's hard to pick. The BVK hasn't had any negative reviews that I can come across, yet the Ion is a little heavy.

    How heavy is heavy though?
    Unbearable, annoying, or just ''more heavy than I thought''?
     
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    DennisE Topwater and tying.

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    It was surprising at first but that's now turned to just more heavy than I thought. Haven't had a chance to fish it that much, but I practice at a field just down the street. First few times my hand and back told me I'd had a bit of a workout after a half hour or so. Now it's not as bad.
     
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    Why don't you check out the gear program here and see if you can check out some items to use on your trip.

    http://www.washingtonflyfishing.com/gear/ Never mind, just noticed you were not local....my bad.
     
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    Make sure it isn't last minute gearitus. I have succumbed to this numerous times and still do. In general I go for quality and the less is more approach when I can. A loaner rod might be a good option. If you get a 10wt. you will want a worthy reel and a couple of lines, this will easily exceed the cost of the rod. I have only parking lot cast an Echo Rod and I thought it was surprisingly good for the price. Didn't notice the weight much and that can be compensated for some with a lighter reel.

    Guess I just muddied the water a bit.
     

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