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Stuart, aka “the tea boy” at Balticflyfisher, asked me if I would to take one of the new 2017 ECHO models on a recent trip to Swedish Lapland. I called by Stuart’s house a few days before leaving for Kiruna to try a couple of the new models. The first one I tried was a 9ft #5 ECHO DRY. It was love at first sight.

 

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We flew out from Kiruna with a helicopter onto the upper Kaitum River; this is dry fly country, the perfect setting to test “my” new rod. Of course I had other rods with me, but I didn’t even string them up.  I used the ECHO DRY all week, and I didn’t want to give it back when the trip ended, unfortunately I had to 😭

 

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What did I like about it?

Looks:
it looks great, with its semi translucent olive blank especially when the sun is shining.

Match:
no need to over line, it matched perfectly with one of my normal dry fly lines.

Effortless:
above all it was the effortless casting and accurate dry fly presentation which finally won me over.

 

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The tea-boy over at BFF tells me that they are expecting the ECHO Dry’s in this autumn, so I wont have to wait long.

“FliFieWalter”

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