I saw this fly rod and I knew I had to have it.
I have a problem. I openly admit that. I am a fly rod junkie and I’m in way too deep to stop now. Once you reach the point in the addiction when you start fishing glass in saltwater, there is no going back.
Two thing about the Echo BAG fly rod stole my heart as soon as I saw it. It’s fiberglass and it’s bright blue. That is messed up on every level, I admit it. What is it that draws me, and many other anglers, to fiberglass fly rods? My good friend Michael White says that’s the proof that fly fishing is not a sport. He sites that in no other sport do athletes embrace old technology, which could arguably reduce their performance. I think that’s a brilliant insight, and I, and many other anglers, make that choice more and more. We choose what is arguably a less efficient tool. A fiberglass fly rod. Why?
I can only answer for myself. I like glass because, for what ever reason, it enhances my experience. It’s simply more fun.
I’m fortunate to call Tim Rajeff my friend. Tim is a brilliant individual outside of fly fishing, and when it comes to fly fishing he is almost unmatched. When I told Tim I wanted to take his new Bad Ass Glass rod to the the Bahamas for bonefish, I got a look. I knew that I was putting this fly rod to the ultimate test. While I’ve heard anglers raving about this rod for tossing bass poppers and streamers, taking a fiberglass rod out on the flats is defiantly the next level and I couldn’t resist.
I caught my first saltwater fish on fly with a glass rod. It was a long time ago but I still remember it. I guess I thought it might bring back those memories for me, but when I got the BAG out on the flats, I found it was a completely different animal.
It was a windy week on South Andros and I put off fishing the glass for a couple of days. Eventually I figured there was no time like the present. I expected to get pummeled but I quickly discovered this rod had more backbone than I gave it credit for. I could actually push it fairly hard without it collapsing. It’s slower than graphite for sure, but surprisingly powerful and no afraid of a little breeze.
It wasn’t long before I put about a six-pound bone on the line and the fun started.
There’s nothing cooler than fighting a strong fish on a glass rod. The deep bend does more than make you feel like a rock star though. It spares your tippet the shock of head shakes and sudden acceleration. There’s no shortage of power in that blank. You can put it to ‘em with no fear.
I don’t know that I’ll fish the BAG very time I’m on a bonefish flat but it sure didn’t let me down. I didn’t feel like I was compromising distance or accuracy and the presentations were beautiful. The only way the carbon fiber outperformed the glass was in the line speed category. That’s not unimportant but it’s not the most important thing every day.
What I did take away was this. If I can catch bonefish on a windy week with a fiberglass fly rod, it’s a pretty special rod. I’ll be giving it a workout on freshwater this season and I have complete confidence it will deliver. If you like glass rods, this is one you should get out to the shop and cast.
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