Echo 3

Discussion in 'Spey Clave' started by Panhandle, Jan 28, 2012.

  1. Panhandle

    Panhandle Active Member

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    Anyone cast one yet?
     
  2. hydrological

    hydrological beads are NOT flies and snagging is just ghetto

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    curious myself, pretty pricey for an import (i think). they must be proud of it, might be good.
     
  3. Jmills81

    Jmills81 The Dude Abides

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    lawn casted it, feels like a rocket
     
  4. Panhandle

    Panhandle Active Member

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    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.
     
  5. shawn k

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    Beulah has been sucessful with its platinum line so maybe that is why echo took a chance. For the same money you can buy a kick ass rod from sage. The 6129 and 7133 vxp rods rock.
     
  6. hydrological

    hydrological beads are NOT flies and snagging is just ghetto

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    which one?
     
  7. Red Shed

    Red Shed "junkyard spey"

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    $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.
     
  8. Panhandle

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    It's high end for Echo based on prior price points.
     
  9. Steelie Mike

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    The Echo 3 is high modulus, thus the price is in the graphite plus the taper.
     
  10. fisshman26

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    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.
     
  11. Robert Engleheart

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    Strongly considering a Beulah Platinum 6 wt. switch as a retirement gift to myself. Anyone have any insight as to this (Echo3) vs. the Beulah? Weight/grain window? Characteristics?
     
  12. hydrological

    hydrological beads are NOT flies and snagging is just ghetto

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    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.
     
  13. Rick Sharp

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    nice rods but horribly overpriced IMHO
     
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  15. k2flyfisher

    k2flyfisher You're only so smart as what you choose to share.

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    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.

    check please. =)
     
  16. John Hicks

    John Hicks Owner and operator of Sea Run Pursuits

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    Brian, one of the best and most well thought out reviews I've seen in quite some time on rods.
     
  17. danimal

    danimal Inglorious Twohander

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    Excellent review!! Glad you could do this for us inquisitive people..

    Do me a favor and eat supper before your next review--cause now I'm hungry..
    Think steak N eggs w/a side of hash browns is in order..
     
  18. Matthew Gulbranson

    Matthew Gulbranson Resident Swinger

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    Brian, that was an epic review. Now I'm frickin' hungry!!