Last season I fished an ECHO Glass on my local trout stream and found that glass is just an awesome way to catch trout.

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When Tim Rajeff first announced the Glass Rods way back in 2013, I thought What! Glass! Oh no! Why? (Hey I remember Glass the first time around 🙂 ) And when they arrived at our door sometime in late February (2014) I took one out waggled it, thought mmhh, grunted in disapproval and put it away with the rest of them in our store room.

A few weeks later I took a 6’9″ 3 weight out of the store-room and drove down to my local trout stream to give it a try-out. What an outing, tailing loop followed tailing loop I wasn’t used to the slow action of the rod but that wasn’t all I rose a fish and then it came off! This was repeated a few times. Disaster. Like a beginner, I couldn’t set the hook correctly! Back in the office I felt that my initial misgivings about glass were confirmed, and not only could I not understand what all the hype was about, but also why so many of our customers were buying these “things.”

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After that first outing pressure of work (spring fairs) caused me to put the glass 369’er on ice for a few weeks, and it wasn’t until the end of April that I decide to give “it” another chance.  This time I wasn’t shocked by the action of the rod, I slowed down and presto I could actually put a fly down where I wanted to.

Throwing a size 14 hopper-popper type of fly, I landed the fly underneath an overhanging branch; sure enough I had my first take, and the fish stayed on. The first impression of the rod with a fish on was, “this is awesome, you can feel every move the fish made, every twist and turn and every head shake.” It felt like a larger fish and was a little concerned the rod wouldn’t have enough “welly” to keep it out of the submerged branches. I coaxed the fish around the branches and worked it into a position where I could land it. I was surprised to see that my “monster” was only a normal sized trout. As the afternoon went on I hooked more fish and slowly but surely my attitude towards the Echo Glass was changing – it made every fight super fun, even for the smaller fish and the larger ones, mind blowing! This was FUN. I liked the rod so much that I ended up using it on my local trout stream for the whole of last season.

If you are looking for a rod to fish small and/or technical streams (I call it combat fishing) then look no further; the ECHO Glass rods are short enough to pop a fly under hanging branches but still have enough power to make longer casts.

Pros

  • Very sensitive
  • Lots of fun
  • Ability to land fly delicately
  • Brilliant for Roll Casting in difficult locations
  • Great for dry flies and emergers
  • Dont break very easily

Cons

  • The learning curve from graphite
  • Difficulties casting into a head wind

let us know what you think about Glass fly rods …

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