This article appeared on The ECHO Blog sometime a go – it was written by Tom Larimer. Hope you enjoy it….
As a guide and casting instructor, I have the opportunity to watch a diverse range of casters use a lot of different gear. It’s funny how many of my clients have six different rods in their quiver yet they always seem to reach for a particular one. Typically, it’s the one that works best for their natural casting stroke therefore it’s the sweetheart of the bunch.
I’m also amazed at how diverse the rod actions are in most anglers’ arsenals. Just the other day I was guiding a gentleman that had four rods in the boat. One of them was a really slow action stick that bent way into the cork during a cast. Another was a medium-fast rod that turned out to be his sweetheart. The other two rods where extremely fast sticks that he had bought on the suggestion of a friend but really struggled to cast them well.
While it’s great to have a number of rods rigged for different fishing situations, it does you no good if you can cast only one of them with proficiency. Before you spend a ton of money on building your collection of rods, it’s critical to find an action that suites you well and use it as your baseline for future purchases.
If you’re completely new to fly fishing and decided to jump feet first into Spey fishing, a good starting point would be a medium-fast action rod, something like the ECHO TR series. Ninety percent of casters feel the most comfortable in this action.
If you’re new to Spey casting but are already fishing single-hand rods, this part of the equation is simple! Just take a look at the action of your favorite fly rod and try to match it in the Spey world.
For example, If you like casting soft bamboo rods or slow groovy graphite rods, you’ll more than likely gravitate towards a slow action stick like the ECHO DH series. On the other hand, if you like a more medium action trout rod, a better choice would be an Echo TR. And finally, if you’re an aggressive caster and demand high line speeds out of your single-hander, step up to the ECHO3 series.
Bottom line; try to match the preferred action of your single-hander to your Spey rods and life will be good.
One of the beauties of ECHO is every rod within a series casts the same. This is not the case with many manufactures. However, once you find an ECHO that fits your stroke, you can build your quiver knowing that your #6 weight is going to feel the same as your #8 weight. From a fishing standpoint, this equates to more consistency in your casting which in turn means more fish to your fly.