Monday, August 25, 2014

ECHO Carbon 2wt 7'3" Review

How Cool Is That Logo?

Now I don't own a lot of fancy and expensive things especially when it comes to fly gear. When "the best" is priced at a three hundred dollars and up I opt out and get something that is a few hundred dollars less.
Just like being on the water you have to be smart and simply get what you need for how you fish. To make the most out of your money, time, and love for the sport you need to do your homework and look for the rod that will do what you need it to do.



ECHO Carbon 2wt 7'3" Review
Different anglers have different styles of casting. My first rod was a fast action 9' 6wt which was difficult for me to cast as a beginner. Later I found that the slower action rods were more enjoyable to cast. I love me some ultra light wt fly rods and the Carbon has become my new favorite UL rod.

Carbon Specs

The Look
  • The finish is matted rather glossy. Very sexy.

  • The Carbon comes in four pieces and packs very well. The Carbon at its full 7'3'' length fits in my sedan size car with ease just in case I don't want to break it down to get to a new spot. 

The Feel
  • This is a medium action rod therefore you can truly feel the line load and shoot.

  • The biggest fishes I've landed on this rod have been 12"+ rainbows and 12"+ smallmouth. Fighting fish on this rod is thrilling, challenging, and fun. With the Carbon, every twist, turn, and run could be felt.

In Practice
  • The small streams I usually fish are usually no wider than 10-20ft, therefore distance casting is usually not an issue. With the Carbon I can roll cast, nymph, and even throw size 8 poppers with relative ease. One issue that I ran into was the difficulty of casting a leader with a lot of hinges (indicator, weighted stonefly nymph, and a dropper). Too many weighted hinges made casting difficult.

  • The Carbon performs its best at dry fly fishing. Although it could handle a lot of weighted flies, (clousers size 6, backstabbers size 8) with a chuck-and-duck, the Carbon performed the best when casting weightless dry flies. The lighter the fly the better it would turn over.

  • Catching fish on an UL fly rod is fun but keep in mind that this is definitely a small stream rod that wouldn't be the best choice for making long casts, fighting the wind, or playing bigger fish.

Small Stream Dry Fly Action

Summary
The ECHO Carbon is priced at $170 and is my favorite go-to-rod for small stream fly fishing. Whether targeting local smallmouth or rising trout on small streams, I put the Carbon to the test every chance I get.

Like the small streams that hold gems of precious trout, the Carbon 2WT is light, delicate, and beautifully crafted. Each dry fly will softly land in that perfect seam with laser accuracy and rise every fish that sees it. Once hooked, be ready to watch your rod bend.

The reel I have to match the rod is an Orvis Battenkill Size II that is priced at $100. Originally I wanted the size I but the size II is just 0.2oz heavier so no big deal and it balances fine. Other factors that sell the Carbon are the dots to line up the pieces, a rod tube with a rod sleeve, and a lifetime warranty.


Tube and Reel Case


Pros:
+ Great UL fly rod at a modest price
+ Lifetime warranty
+ Fantastic for fishing small streams
+ Rod tube plus rod sleeve
+ Feather-weight
+ Dots to help line up the pieces
+ Excellent short cast accuracy
+ Sexy matte finish with a cool reel seat
+ Great for throwing dries and light nymph rigs

Cons:
- Having too many hinges can make it difficult to cast
- Heavy flies don't cast well
- Can be hard to find a matching reel and line
- Does not distance cast well beyond 15ft
- The wind is not the 2WT's friend


Tight Lines!



1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a good rod, man! thanks for the review! I am looking around for 3 wt so this is right up my alley.

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