In Aberdare National Park in Kenya, you can tiptoe through the mud and downed trees of elephant trails, sneak past Cape buffaloes, and crouch down to throw yourself into remote expanses of streams. chills barely wider than your wingspan. The limbs tie together to form arches above. Lichens and ferns cling to the steep, lush and towering shores. And, there you will find the offspring of the Scottish trout which has been breeding mostly carefree since 1905.
My buddy John and I had made this trip – armed with 5 weights and dry flies – and split a hundred fiery little rainbows. So I counted the days until we could start over with the ECHO River Glass 2 weight.
Then COVID. A phonecall. And a few hours later, we were on a plane with a few bags each to evacuate Kenya. A few hours later, we were the only plane to land at JFK.
So the trout would have to wait. And, I thought the fly fishing would do that too, even though I was surrounded by the streams and backwaters of Virginia. Months later, a discovery: the ECHO had stowed away at the bottom of my wheeled bag.
So instead of throwing little dry flies at the lips of greedy rainbows, the ECHO River Glass and I ended up with my 5 year old daughter in a used old town canoe on a small spring-fed lake with schools of sunfish patrolling the film.
A short and smooth cast. The little popper settles down. A slurp. A lined cane. And the first of many sunnies and cheers from my fishing partner. There was nothing exotic about it, but if there was ever a better homecoming, I sure don’t know what it would be.
Now, after a few weeks of ECHO fishing – and more sunglasses and big mouths and laughs than I deserve – I can tell you about the rod. Understanding that fly fishermen are mostly trout buffs, I will also explain how the rod could fit into a game of trout in the Aberdares or elsewhere:
It packs itself small and sturdy
Trout fishing and travel go hand in hand; so the size of the ECHO River Glass and carrying case is a plus whether you are walking down a stream or flying across the world. The upper breaks down into three pieces and fits nicely into a sock and hard tube case covered with Cordura that, when balanced properly, could break a flight. It is solid and only as tall as it needs to be. It is therefore a solid travel partner.
He is a fluid operator
The slow, gentle action is forgiving. And all of us fanatics, weekend warriors, and newbies alike might all need a little forgiveness these days. So while a lack of skill with a fast rod can throw a fly and scare a finicky fish into a shallow lie, fiberglass alleviates some of these incidents because it loads more easily and slows things down a bit. to help this fly light up more naturally. And, at 2.4 ounces, you can toss it all day.
A note on this rod for those new to fly fishing: The River Glass, like other new fiberglass rods on the market, has an action that helps you feel the rod load and unload. This ability to feel the throw can help you refine your throw and can provide a solid foundation before moving on to big, fast rods and heavy flies.
Every fish is a shaker
Even the smallest fish puts an elbow in the rod that will excite a new angler and remind you why you started fishing in the first place. And when you hold onto a big bluegill or fiery little brookie, the stem will bend like the Gateway Arch. It’s funny. And, of course, it’s great to hunt big reds on the flats or rainbow trout in the weather so cold the guides freeze over, but sometimes it’s just fun to go catch fish on a rig. ultralight.
Ideal for short casts and tight spaces
Streams, branches, streams and backwaters, whether home to trout or hot water fish, can present the same challenges: small waters, ruthless targets, low overhangs, high or tangled banks, etc. And, those obstacles can make for a tough day throwing with, say, a 9’5 weight. Thus, the length of the ECHO River Glass is a real plus. The 6’9 “rod on both weights makes casting easier and allows you to focus less on obstacles and more on fish. The rod makes short, full speed casts smoothly and easily to give you everything you need. you need.
ECHO’s River Glass is available in two very different colors. The amber version is classic and understated for those of us who like to blend in. Glacier blue is striking and may be of particular interest to people who are new to fly fishing. The rods are handmade and hand painted and the inclusion of alignment dots for those of us who can’t see straight is a nice touch.
ECHO’s River Glass price is in the middle of the lot for fiberglass rods in its class, comparable to the Redington Butter Stick. Most importantly, this price allows you to buy a quality rod and a solid warranty.
Things go wrong, even for well-made rods and careful anglers. And, when they do, it’s good to have a guarantee. ECHO has a lifetime warranty that some consider to be one of the best in the industry. That $ 250 is an investment, but it also buys some peace of mind.
What does not work
You could probably find someone who would criticize something about the rod old men throw their fists in the sky everyday.
The ECHO River Glass is a nice little rod. This is a specialized tool ideal for short casts with a light tip and small dry / surface water flies for small fish in small waters. And, he does his job hell. I will fish for it for years in trout streams and farm ponds. If you are looking to expand your fly arsenal with more specialized offerings, ECHO’s River Glass deserves your attention.