I’m really excited to showcase the new Shadow 2 fly rod and the Echo Fiberglass fly rod series from Echo today. Louis and I interviewed Tim Rajeff and got the 4-1-1 on these two very cool rod lines. Tim worked with the highly decorated fly fisherman and guide Pete Erickson to design the super innovative Shadow 2 fly rod. They call it a hybrid design that bridges the gap between a nymphing rod and a traditional fly rod, and I have to say, I like what I see. I’ve found myself in situations many times where I needed a little more rod length to get that perfect drag free drift to a feeding trout.
Sometimes, no matter how high your skill level is, a standard 8 to 9 foot fly rod won’t provide you enough length to high-stick effectively or pull off that big mid-drift mend. Some people may argue, just move in closer Kent, but the fact is, sometimes that’s not an option. Sometimes the water is too fast or too deep to move in. Other times, the fish are too spooky to risk moving in closer. For situations like this, the Shadow 2 fly rod with the competition kit upgrade, will drastically sway the odds in the anglers favor because the two six-inch butt section rod extensions will quickly give you the ability to extend your rod length in seconds for those technical fishing situations.
The competition kit also comes with a screw-in counter balance weight, which will help balance out the longer rod and cut down on fishing fatigue, and you’ll also get an attachable fighting butt. A lot of people will tell you the Shadow 2 is a niche nymphing rod. I’ll tell you straight up, it’s more than that. Having the ability to quickly lengthen your rod will also help out when you’re dealing with fishing technical dry/dropper fishing situations. We don’t just high-stick spots on the water with subsurface flies, we do it also with dries and emergers. For $250, this outfit will give the angler the opportunity to have three different rods at his or her fingertips, and I think it’s going to prove invaluable on the water quite frequently, once the angler gets used to using modular system.
The Echo Fiberglass fly rod series is Echo’s answer of what a full fiberglass rod line should encompass. At $199 it will allow anglers to enjoy the grace and sensitivity that fiberglass rods are known for bringing anglers, and it’s available in several rod weights and lengths, which will give you the luxury of choosing a fiberglass rod that will suit you best for where you live. If you’re looking at getting into the fiberglass game, we encourage you to look at Echo’s fiberglass fly rod. It’s a well built rod at a very economical price.
Check out the Echo Shadow 2 and Echo Fiberglass fly rod product video below and let us know what you think. For more information on these great rods please check out: Echo Fly Rods
Keep it Reel,Kent Klewein Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com firstname.lastname@example.org Sign Up For Our Weekly Newsletter!