Echo Dec Hogan rods?

Discussion in 'Spey Clave' started by Sloan Craven, Sep 30, 2007.

  1. Rodney K. Pabst

    Rodney K. Pabst Member

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    Hello all

    I just got my Decho Echo 12'6" 6wt. I was not real sure what to line the rod with so for now I have a Rio WC 6/7/8 floating line at 455 grains, well within the 390 - 510 grain window. This is a very traditional action rod and lite in the hand.

    Does anyone have any line reccomendations for this rod. I am looking to fish summer runs with dry flies. Any info would be appreciated. Poppy???

    Thanks for your help,
    Rod Pabst
     
  2. k2flyfisher

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

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    I've been throwing a beulah elixir 435gr cut back 5 ft. and 14 ft polys on that stick. 'everyone has their own style', but this combo seems to throw effortlessly in all the hands its been in, hard to make a bad cast. even if you're stuck on longer heads, give this one or any other similar scandinavian style head a shot. keeping 55ft of belly off the water with only a 12.5 footer is just too much work for me.
     
  3. James Waggoner

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    The WF9 40+ with a polyleader floater feels and flys beautifully. I just spent an hour on the river test driving that very rod and this will be my next summer rod and line set up!

    JAMES
     
  4. Steelie Mike

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    I am kinda partial to my 7130 and a 600 grain Airflo Compact and my 4119 with a 40 Plus 7wt. Now if I could only hook something larger then a smolt or cuttie this spring.

    In regards to the 6130, I have tried both the 420 and 450 compact heads and they work fine on this rod if you prefer a skagit line. I have not yet casted a scandi head on the larger Dec rods nor his Delta. I am looking forward to giving them a try.

    Anyone else playing around with these rods?
     
  5. Jeremy Floyd

    Jeremy Floyd fly fishing my way through life

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    Does anyone on the north end of seattle carry these? I would like to give that 7130 and the 5122 a swing.
     
  6. k2flyfisher

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

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    if you can get a hold of SA's single hand skagit, it really casts more like a scandi, but will throw tips all day as well. the good thing about these lines is that they are available in 40grain increments starting from 280 to 400 at 22 and 23ft, great for any of the lighter and shorter two handers both old and new (sage 6126 brownie to these dechos). Mike D and I have been meaning to give this a shot on his 4119 decho, it should do the job as the 40+ felt a bit clunky for that stick. theres just no taper to it. take a look at the diagram on the back of the single hand skagit box. you form that bullet loop, and the rest is along for the ride, and with the grains sitting just outside the tip top, it loads quick and doesnt have that clunky feel. the tip diameter at .056'' allows strong tip turnover without "wrinkling out" towards the end of the cast. it also has the grain weights, which should be pretty useful as the dechos have actual grain windows, not just recommended line weights.
     
  7. Chris DeLeone

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    Jeremy - Avid Angler has both of the rods your looking for - Just call and ask for Nate he should have lines for them.

    Chris
     
  8. Steelie Mike

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    You pick one up Chris? I am still trying to figure out the perfect line on mine right now. I think K2 is on something with the single hand SA Skagit lines. I am thinking his 280 head with a small tip might work on my 4119. I really want to be able to cast semi large flies in the salt with this rod this summer.
     
  9. Chris DeLeone

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    Mike - I am still trying to find the time to catch up with Nate and cast them. Dec told me to use three weights higher on the smaller rods with single handed lines. So the 5122 would use a single hander 8wt line. I think K2 might have it have it as well, we will see.

    Keep me posted on what you guys are finding that works - I will do the same.

    Chris
     
  10. Red Shed

    Red Shed "junkyard spey"

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    I think Dec's info is exacty on the money. For me the 4119 seems to work extremely well with an Airflo 40+ 7wt and a 10' floating poly leader and the 5122 with the 40+ 8wt and a
    10' floating poly leader.