5.0 out of 5 stars. The 8′ QuickShot BAG will be the best rod choice when: Tips for making the transition from modern graphite to casting the Bad Ass Glass rods. The softer action of the glass will favor a longer stroke length; the fiberglass rod bends more than graphite so you need to let your hand drift back behind you a little further before making the forward stroke. I find it a little strange that I’m writing about fiberglass fly rods in 2018. This is an interesting new addition to ECHO’s already great glass lineup. The ECHO Glass two-hander is a great rod, and what I would call an unbelievable deal. Utilizing this chart, you’ll be able to choose an ECHO rod that best fits you and your personal casting stroke. It’s a great fishing and casting tool. ECHO River Glass ECHO Shadow II ECHO Shadow X Echo Streamer-X Echo Traverse Kits ... Switch Rods. Customer Questions & Answers See questions and answers. Swing weight is a factor. Something you break out here and there for the challenge, comments and a few laughs. I am a fly rod junkie and I’m in way too deep to stop now. I found the rod light enough to balance with a Hatch 9+ no problem. I openly admit that. A glass Spey rod for $300 could sell as a “gimmick” rod. Here goes…. The 8′ QS and 9′ BAG rods are perfectly suited to fighting Chinook in the 6-24 pound class—these salmon put an impressive bend in the rod, but the rod was clearly up to the task. The 9′ BAG is neck-and-neck with the QS 8′ when trolling or mooching flies in the salt. Also would the 3wt be able to handle stocked trout from 9″ to 17″ or would it be best to go with a 4wt echo switch? We wanted rods that were lighter and lighter and lighter, faster and faster, thinner and thinner, less and less wind resistant. The QuickShot will generate higher (slightly) line speeds and tighter loops. 20 comments / Posted on March 16, 2017 / by Louis Cahill. It has a brushed/satin finish that reminds me of glass rods from the 60’s and 70’s. A glass Spey rod for $300 could sell as a “gimmick” rod. Posted on January 19, 2018 by fishingwithjay. I need to slow down a little more to make the longer cast. 5 out of 5. The grip is a classic “cork-only” style that you rarely see anymore. Customer Review: Top 10 Must Have Fishing Gadgets. Which is fun. Six weights, which were the switch rods of the day are too heavy to high stick and even a nice trout feels like a snit on one. The rod comes in a nice natural colored cordura case with sock that’s a “rounded-triangular” shape. 6'3" Two Weight 6'9" Three Weight 7'4" Four Weight 7'10" Five Weight Each of these fly rods will be three piece models and will have a downlocking reel seat hardware. The 8wt BAG rods were very nice additions to my estuary chinook fly rods. Guides are typical two-handed chrome. You are sight fishing and need to fire a cast very quickly. The blank is a classic glass color I believe aficionados refer to as “honey”. Avoid the short aggressive forward casting strokes you probably learned with a fast action graphite fly rod. The slow action and extra weight do make mending a breeze, however. You'll need a 2wt or 3 wt soon, but a 4 is a good place to start the disease. The four piece pearl green blank features chrome snake guides and silicon carbide (SIC) stripping guides, an anodized aluminum reel seat, and a full Wells style cork grip. He is the author of several fly fishing and tying books, his latest work ‘Modern Steelhead Flies’, features over 400 fly patterns from 66 contributing tiers, and over 1000 beautiful photos. 20 lb Super-DRI Ridge. It really has few weak points, and for most anglers it may be all they need. 30 lb Super-DRI Ridge: 20 lb Supple. Low swing weight helps improve presentation and reduce fatigue from long days on the water. I first saw these at the iCAST/FTD show in July, and the “wiggle-test” alone told me I must try them. The OHS comes in a fabric-covered hard rod case and cloth sock, and includes both a threaded single hand and spey style fi… We wanted to cast farther, with tighter line loops and higher line speed. I was looking through my photo library recently and noticed an image of me playing a chinook with an Echo II Spey rod. It’s a great fishing and casting tool. 3wt would be fine for those stockers! The 4 wt switch is equal to a 6 wt singlehanded rod. But other than those unique places, I think this rod can be an everyday driver for most anglers. Currently, Rajeff Sports distributes Echo Fly Rods to the world and Airflo Fly Lines to North America. It doesn’t take long. I've looked at Blue Halo but, from what I understand, you pay $100 extra for a 2-time warranty. But this rod is not a gimmick. ECHO FLY FISHING IS A PRODUCT OF RAJEFF SPORTS. Echo Glass 2 Hand & Switch Rod Video Posted in Echo Fly Rods , Product Clinics & Videos Tim’s history with fiberglass rods is well-known – they’re what he used in distance casting competitions when KC still had a Sunshine Band. The Echo 3 rod series is a popular fresh… Thanks Tim, another winner! At a competitive price of 329.99, the Echo SR Switch Rod is available in the exact 10′ 8″ 5wt category. Tempo is critical when you’re casting glass rods. By taking advantage of the properties of fiberglass, ECHO has created a series of rods that puts the ‘soul’ back in the spey game. Speaking of longer distances, the ECHO glass easily casts the distances most anglers will find themselves fishing. Like most rods that do what you need them to do on the flats or other saltwater environments, the ECHO 3S excels at picking up line, generating line speed, delivering tight loops and long casts with minimal backcasts and punching line into the wind with confidence-producing power. Switch rods in the 10’9” to 11’4” range offer such incredible versatility but once they hit 11’6” to 11’9”, you’re not single handing anything with them unless your Doc is on standby for your forthcoming Tommy John surgery! That being said, the spey & switch rod Revolution is relatively new to Colorado and $825 can be a big bite to chew for someone’s first switch rod. Value I have owned and fished quite a few ECHO rods over the years, and the OHS is no exception to the quality and value one would expect. Jay Nicholas’ Ten-Year Echo Fly Rod Review – 2018. ~ Jay Nicholas is an Echo and Airflo Pro Team member and friend of all of us at Rajeff Sports. Here’s the product intro from Red at ECHO via Midcurrent: So, there they are. Somewhere along the way, I think, the incremental improvements we gained in casting performance we gained with successive generations of graphite rods were coming in such small increments that the typical fly angler was incapable of discerning the difference between “old” and “next gen” graphite fly rods. Loaded with a 510 Scandi, you could actually huck it off the sod. I make the same 50-80′ casts with my BAG rods that I make with fast action fly rods, fishing fly lines that feature both modest and aggressive weight forward tapers. I’m sure you’ve seen the countless videos of Echo rod owners bending their rods way beyond the breaking point of most normal rods without a single crack. All for now, but expect to hear and read more about the ECHO Glass Spey and Switch rods from us this winter. Smaller anglers or those with wrist/elbow/shoulder problems might find it an issue. 30 lb Ridge Extreme : 50 lb Ridge Extreme. Now I just need to give one a try. The easy casting stroke will be less frustrating for newer two-handed casters as well. Another way to phrase this point is to say that applying too much power too quickly runs the risk of collapsing the rod. How do I feel about the BAG fiberglass fly rods after fishing them for roughly a year? The vertical axis indicates the rod’s power, while the horizontal axis indicates the rod’s action. I cast a traditional WF fly line a little farther with the 9′ than with the 8′ (I think). I rigged the 12wt 9′ BAG to fish Albacore offshore when we ventured 50 miles offshore last week. For Echo, the phrase manifests in both their Bad Ass Glass series and their River Glass rod series. High quality cork handles appropriate to line class. And at $300 I’m not going to say a thing. I have a problem. The Echo 3 freshwater fly rod series has an extremely diverse set of rods ranging from a 7 6 3wt trout rod to a 10 8wt Steelhead and Salmon rod. I caught far more black rockfish than lingcod, and the 9wt rod was far more than needed for the feisty bass. My current go-to switch rod for trout has been the Echo … This is a fishery that requires perhaps a thousand casts between grabs—I choose the lighter swing weight of the #8 BAG rods over the #9 rods. Load this up with a double taper line and you are ready to fish! We strive to provide quality products and customer service to our fellow fly-fishers. You'll get full glass feel out of that rod. While today’s ultra fast, high modulus graphite rods have enabled many of us to chuck flies greater distances than ever before, they haven’t come without a cost. Driving larger flies into wind will favor the shorter rod, line class by line class. You can really crank on this thing. Going after smallmouth, the 5wt is the perfect choice for action and power for some of the larger flies on a fiberglass stick. More importably, those new to two-handed fishing can get a great rod without selling your roommates gear on ebay. These rods will not tolerate your impatience. Leave it to ECHO to be the first with a production model (there are some blanks out there), and they’re bringing both switch and spey models to us this winter. I’ll be switching over to a 6 or 7 wt, 8′ QuickShot for my future adventures with the black rockfish and coho salmon in the soon to open ocean season. Enter, ECHO’s Glass spey rods. These fly rods are beyond durable. Silly, I suppose, but consider the fly fishing world I’ve grown up in since the early 1960s when my dad bought two Wright McGill Eagle Claw fiberglass fly rods at Foster Sporting Goods store on the East Side in Portland, Oregon. Get the best deals on Switch Fly Fishing Rods when you shop the largest online selection at eBay.com. While I will probably stick with the 480gr Scandi, I think I will recommend a 510gr for most casters in our shop. While the slow action makes you think Skagit, it throws a Scandi with power and accuracy, though you do need to nail the timing at longer distances. We wanted fly rods that felt light in hand and wouldn’t wiggle and bounce when we released our forward cast. It also has a cork insert which I like. Switch-rodders rejoice...a decent dose of "soul" is headed your way! Back to making 50-foot versus 80-foot casts, I can look anyone in the eye with a straight face and claim 70′, but the 80′ might need to be wind aided. These are economical and fun to fish. There’s a lot more room for error when a manufacturer decides to go down the glass road. A hundred casts with a 9′ 9wt BAG will take more energy than the same hundred casts with an 8′ 9wt BAG QuickShot rod. Echo Glass Switch 11' 6wt - Kicking it Old School! The Echo 3 fly rod series features powerful rods that are fast-action and encourage a quick casting stroke. But this rod is not a gimmick. Casting is effortless with this rod at short and medium distances. If you will be making roll casts or line mending, the longer rod will be an advantage. I loved how the 9′ 9wt BAG felt when I fished lingcod, These beasts pull hard and bend the rod into the cork every time. Fit & finish are very nice on this rod. ECHO RIVER GLASS FLY ROD Anglers fish glass for a long list of reasons. Switch rod recommendations are for two-hand spey casting; subtract 60 grains for single-hand or overhead casting. Casting in environments where you will have brush or boat gear behind you may call for the longer BAG. Echo Dry Fly Rod Review ... With my softer rods, I would have 3 choices. The ECHO Glass Series will be offered in the following lengths and line weights. That’s why echo has it’s place in our line of two handed and switch rods. In short, we got exactly what we wanted, and what we were taught to want. Echo Glass Switch and Spey rods. Basically, the longer rod allows the caster to elevate the back cast above the obstructions. I've had very good experiences with Orvis warranty and don't know much about Blue Halo's warranty. Move my casting position (no challenge there), switch to a 5 wt or quit fishing. ©2017 HEADHUNTERS, LLC – ALL RIGHTS RESERVED, Missouri River Montana Fishing Report 11.5.14. With a smooth recovery and deep loading, the Echo Glass will be a favorite on your hometown stream. The rod does not feel like it needs an extra-heavy “spey” reel. Top 10 Zone . No tuna this time, but this rod was tons of fun to flight tuna on in 2017. I saw this fly rod and I knew I had to have it. This was in 200, and I’m as sure as I can be that I’d already fished this rod for summer steelhead in 2008 and possibly earlier too. The Echo fly rod line has been years in the making ever since Tim started casting competitively at the Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club in San Francisco. The one thing I know about non-graphite construction, is that I will either love it or hate it. Very cool and the olive wraps look great on it. The ECHO Glass Series will be priced at $200.00. We like the 3 weight for ultralight trout spey with small streamers, and the 7 weight is the most popular steelhead rod. That puts it around the same price as the Orvis rod. I find “flicking” or tip-casting to moving targets, annoying. 30 lb Miracle Braid: Grain weights are calculated by the amount of line out beyond the rod tip while maintaining an anchor. I fished the ECHO glass 95% of my trip, lined up with a Airflo Compact Scandi 480gr head. For Skagit systems, I will most likely use a short head at the top of the grain window. Apply power on back and forward strokes smoothly with a gradual transition and save the most power for the last portion of the stroke. The Echo SR Switch Rod is often said to be the best switch rod or trout spey rod for the money. It’s has some pop, and a ton of latent energy gets built up when you load the rod. Many anglers love to feel that deep load of a spey rod, but with most modern graphite rods that’s simply not possible. This series from Echo encourages castability at both short and long distances and is a testament to Rajeffs expertly designed rods. The first thing I noticed when I picked it up, was that it was lighter than expected, and the butt diameter of the blank was much narrower than I expected. Thank you. Fiberglass Graphite, Heavier Lighter, Mores stretch ~ 3% Less stretch ~ 1%, Softer Harder, Rod features: Fiberglass Graphite, Overall Weight More Less, Rod flex More Less, Rod “feel” More Less, Recovery Slower Faster, Rod Profile Thicker Thinner, Rod Shaft Walls Thicker Thinner, Wind Resistance More Less, Rod Action Softer Faster, Tippet Protection More Less. Giant rivers like the Thompson, and very windy rivers like the Snake and Deschuttes come to mind. Properly lined (personally, I like an over-weig… I think using a 510gr line (or a longer head) would have added a few feet and some “punch” to the end of my longer casts. Sitting at about 3-ounces its obviously nothing outrageous, but I always make note of the extra heft. Good job ECHO. Robert. Let’s say that you’re fishing from a boat—you may need to cast very quickly, minimize the number of false casts, and make sure your back cast doesn’t foul another angler or the boat rigging—these conditions all favor the 8′ QuickShot. Instead, apply power later in your forward stroke. I never felt that I didn’t have enough rod or distance, but I could get to “the end” of what the rod was capable of doing comfortably. Shane Townsend recently put this review together of ECHO’s new River Glass fly rod. I’ll likely be throwing one or more of Tim Rajeff’s BAD ASS GLASS fly rods in my boat when I push off at the boat ramp or beach. By far, I preferred to fish the 8wt rods in the estuary rather than fishing the 9wt. Wow! Shorter head fly lines will perform better on the QuickShot. See full review. Echo Ion Reel Specs. This rod is available in 2 switch rod models an 11′ 3WT rod and an 11’4″ 8WT rod. And while slow, is not what I’d call “glacial”. Beautiful, unique, translucent blue. My 7+ was a touch on the light side, but I would have used it without complaining. They don’t quite have the same ‘feel’ as the rods of old. Long mends were effortless. Slow down your casting stroke. I doubt that anyone wanted our fly rods to get heavy again, but a little extra weight might be worthwhile if accompanied by better “feel” when casting, deeper flex when fighting fish, and greater resistance to the impact of misdirected bead heads traveling at Mach 3.5. At least a few anglers and rod designers began to imagine a return to fly rods that delivered some of the desirable features of glass rods. The River Glass is a perfect rod for anglers who enjoy slowing down their casting stroke or fishing on small water with small flies. Something you break out here and there for the challenge, comments and a few laughs. Steelheaders looking to increase their “hook-to-hand” ratio will be impressed with the way these rods absorb the energy of active, unpredictable fish. Watch out Walleye. I fish the 8 and 8 wt spey rods for kings and winter steelhead. You'll be amazed how cool a 8" fish is on a rod like that. The Action vs. Power matrix is used for comparison between ECHO rod models. Onsite Associates Program . We will also be carrying the 12’6″ #6, and will have a switch or two to play around with. Sure, we were confident that our fly rods were lighter in hand and capable of blasting out long casts, but these properties came at the expense of fly rod “feel”. But the ECHO 3S isn't just about power and speed. Wait for it. And for $300 you can easily afford to pick one up for a second (or 3,4,5) rod. The big concern with fiberglass (or bamboo) is the extra weight you’re carrying while holding your rod. No, it doesn’t have 15 colors of burled and rubberized cork spaced throughout it. The perfect place to try it out. Jay is a regular contributor to the Oregon Fly Fishing blog run by Caddis Fly Shop in Eugene, OR. Action The ECHO 3S is fast, but not unnecessarily so. I started out to write a review of the Echo Bad Ass Glass fly rod series, including the 8′ and 9′ rods, but quickly decided that I’d need first to dig a little deeper than simply relate my reaction to fishing these fly rods. Would like to know if the 4wt is equal to a 5wt singlehand rod like the redington classic trout or is it a true 4wt? Utilizing this chart, you’ll be able to choose an ECHO rod that best fits you and your personal casting stroke. We had briefly “grass-cast” the rod at our shop a few weeks ago during a visit from ECHO rep Brandon Prince. The ECHO Glass two-hander is a great rod, and what I would call an unbelievable deal. There are a few situations where fiberglass might hurt you. Photos by Elgin Rahaming. Customer reviews . - YouTube Apply power, but not too much power. But, it is heavier than some of the most modern graphite rods. Tim Rajeff was up to the challenge, and anyone who has been following the Echo Fly Fishing movement for the last decade will remember the gradual introduction of fiberglass rods to include six distinct glass rod designs. There is quite a bit of filler in the grip, but grips I see on rods costing 3X as much have the same. Like most medium-fast and fast action rods, casting 30’ or less is the weak point. So, if you’re a fan of glass, don’t miss this review. These rods perform at a level more commonly associated with much more expensive rods. Recently though, rod manufacturers are paying a lot more attention to light weight switch rods and that’s been a game changer. Miraculously, an ECHO 12’9″ #7 glass two-hander arrives days before a scheduled Steelhead trip in Eastern OR. Bad Ass Glass rods are engineered to cast in harsh environments and fight strong, hard-pulling fish. Fly Fishing in the Winter: Where the trout at? The point here is that the timing of my 50-foot cast is a tad faster than the timing of my 70′ cast. by Jimbo Muchacho | Aug 21, 2018 | Uncategorized. We review Echo’s best selling fly rods below. I love the 3 wt and 4 wt rods fishing sea run cutthroat and summer steelhead in the coastal lakes. The other rod I fished during the week was a similarly sized Sage METHOD 12’6″ #6, and I definitely could feel the difference. I’ve been so pleased with the performance of these fiberglass rods that I now consider them a permanent resident of my cabin at Pacific City. Fiberglass ben… Echo Glass Spey and Switch rods feature sensitive tips to protect tippet when slinging surface patterns on a dry line, and plenty of “sneaky power” to catapult long, heavy sink tips with ultimate ease. 9 global ratings. The Echo BAG is their heavier glass rod. Bad Ass Glass rods are engineered to cast in harsh environments and fight strong, hard-pulling fish. The vertical axis indicates the rod’s power, while the horizontal axis indicates the rod’s action. The Action vs. Power matrix is used for comparison between ECHO rod models. I really like the reel seat. The River Glass series carries a traditional feel, old-fashioned componentry, and a user-friendly design. While obviously not the most powerful stick you’ll throw, the slow and smooth action definitely puts a smile on your face. With the resurgence of fiberglass fly rods, it was only a matter of time before someone brought archaic glass technology to the two-handed market. I really like the grip and seat however. Tim Rajeff's Echo Fly Fishing is the culmination of his huge personality and an outlet of both creativity and service to the industry. I am planning on purchasing an echo switch rod very soon. It also stayed tight while fishing, and you can put a tremendous amour of force on this rod, which often loosens reel seats and ferules (which also stayed true). Once you reach the point in the addiction when you start fishing glass in saltwater, there is no going back. But that was our only test, and I wanted to give it a real workout before our Swing Season starts on the Missouri. The weight does add up over several long days of fishing, but I don’t think I would call it a deal breaker. The very first thing I ought to say is this: Echo Bad Ass Glass fly rods are not your typical freshwater trout, switch or spey rods—these are very powerful saltwater fly rods that generate high line speeds and deliver serious lifting power. The grain window is 480-590, and is designated correctly. For decades now, we fly fishers have been pushed, pulled and otherwise lured by the quest for rods that are lighter and faster. Amazon Influencer . The Echo 4 wt seems to be a true 4 wt. The Echo river glass only goes up to a 5wt. Like the glass rods I've tested, the Echo Glass 474-3 is heavier than a comparable graphite rod. Free shipping on many items | Browse your favorite brands | affordable prices. The actions of the newest fiberglass fly rods continues to impress me, and this one was no different. I’ve never been a 100′ hero caster, and you shouldn’t be fishing a BAG if you are expecting to make super long casts. If I was packing for Smithers today, it would be the first rod in the car. Which is fine by me. It’s got great casting distance for tossing your flies while being responsive and sensitive. I was able to cast all of my usually estuary fly lines on both the 8′ and 9′ BAG rods, but found the 9′ rod better for casting lighter traditional taper weight forward fly lines. Echo Bad Ass Glass: Review. At the top of the list are more easily feeling the rod load and the superior shock absorption of glass fibers. Don’t think for even a minute that these modern fiberglass rods represent a simple return to the same materials and taper designs used in the fly rods we fished fifty and sixty years ago. I didn’t use the ECHO glass for Skagit purposes, but I have no doubt that it launches a short head and a big tip. A few ounces add up over the course of a week. I will find out shortly here on the Missouri. The Echo River Glass 5wt 8'0" Fly Rod is perfect fly rod for the small to medium sized creeks and streams. Have not chucked big hoppers on that rod, but my other 4wt glass rods manage them quite nicely. The very first thing I ought to say is this: Echo Bad Ass Glass fly rods are not your typical freshwater trout, switch or spey rods—these are very powerful saltwater fly rods that generate high line speeds and deliver serious lifting power. 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