ECHO Skagit Compact Intermediate

The ECHO Skagit [Compact] Intermediate gets you below the surface into even flowing water, allowing for a smoother more direct fly presentation. Two tone in colour, the front taper and belly section are transparent blue intermediate, and the floating back taper is Heron grey. Featuring power core for direct contact and solid hook set, with Flexi-loops at both ends, and easy to read head size designation.


The ECHO Skagit Intermediate is available in eleven sizes from 390grains/25g to 720grains/47g and lengths of 21ft/6.4m to 24ft/7.3m.

In keeping with all other ECHO Spey-Lines, the Skagit Intermediate also has weight increments of 30grains/2g, enabling you to fine tune the line to your rod with ease and the front loop has the line size and line type printed on it for easy recognition. ECHO Spey-lines do not contain softener’s and are environmentally friendly.

Designed by ECHO’s Tim Rajeff, with Tom Larimer.
Manufactured by AirFlo in the UK.
Distributed exculsively by BalticFlyFisher. 😎

ECHO Skagit Switch

Switch rods are designed more like a traditional single hand rod taper… they’re fast in the butt section and flex progressively through the tip giving the caster the ability to overhead cast them.  However, a Spey rod taper is typically slower in the butt section and faster through the tip section.  This allows the caster to form the D-Loop and change the direction of the cast without the rod wanting to unload too quickly. The load is sustained through the whole casting cycle until the cast goes outbound.  It’s the reason why Spey casting feels so good!

 Because switch rods want to unload quickly, you need to find a way to slow them down giving the caster the same sensation they get from their traditional Spey rod … after a lot of thought and a few prototypes, Tim Rajeff and Tom Larimer came up with the solution to the switch rod problem: The ECHO Skagit Switch.


The ECHO Skagit Switch is not a delicate line it has the aerodynamics of a bumble bee – it has a huge rear diameter and two-foot rear taper.  Might sound bad but this weird taper actually helps sustain the load on the rod giving the caster that oh-so sweeeeeet feeling of Spey casting we all love.  The front taper is a massive seven-foot wedge that turns over the largest tips and the heaviest of flies.  The ECHO Skagit Switch comes in seven different weights from 360gr/23g to 540gr/34g in 30gr/2g increments, and lengths from18ft/5.5m to 20ft/5.9m.
As with all ECHO Spey-Lines the front loop has the line size and line type printed on it for easy recognition. ECHO Spey-lines do not contain softener’s and are environmentally friendly.

Designed by ECHO’s Tim Rajeff with Tom Larimer

Manufactured by AirFlo in the UK
Distributed exclusively by BalticFlyFisher 😎


ECHO Rage Compact Float

The ECHO Rage is probably best described as a “scandit” line (!), part scandi part skagit. Its aggressive front taper gives ultimate power for driving casts into the strongest winds, the rear taper helps load quickly, giving you incredible control in tight casting conditions.


The ECHO Rage comes in nine sizes from 360grains/23g to 600grains/39g and lengths of 27ft/8.5m to 32ft/9.7m which makes matching the proper size to almost any two-hander a piece of cake. As with all ECHO Spey-Lines the front loop has the line size and line type printed on it for easy recognition. ECHO Spey-lines do not contain softener’s and are environmentally friendly.

Although originally designed for throwing monster dry-flies to steelhead in the Pacific North West, the Rage is a fantastic line for North Atlantic Salmon – we normally use it with a 10ft intermediate poly-leader on the front, but it is equally at home with a sinker or fast sinker. If you feel you need a little more delicacy, or you are a spey-beginner and you have the tendency to “blow your anchor”, then just hook a 14ft poly on the front.

Great line. 🙂

Designed by ECHO’s Tim Rajeff with Tom Larimer
Manufactured by AirFlo in the UK
Distributed exclusively by BalticFlyFisher 😎



The Myth about Skagit Rod/Line Length Ratios

We have often been asked for the “rules” surrounding rod length line length ratios for skagit casting. Well who better to talk about that than the man himself  …


… this is part of a thread written by Ed Ward on the skagitmaster forum.


” ….. Skagit Rod/Line length Ratios
– Maximum Line length (belly + tip) – 3.5 times rod length.
– Minimum Line length (belly + tip)  – 1.75 times rod length.
   These figures are often stated as “rules” and for beginning/novice casters, they should be thought of as such. The max length of 3.5 has been determined by the fact that lines longer than this ratio become increasingly difficult to position and sweep without breaking the arms away from the body. “Breaking away” is counter productive to the “effortless power” aspect of Skagit casting because that effortless power action is dependent on keeping the pivot point of the sweep movement as compact and tight-to-the-body as possible.
   The minimum length of 1.75 has been determined by the fact that line lengths less than this ratio are difficult to maintain sufficient anchoring of the line on the water during the forward casting stroke to conduct that forward casting stroke without prematurely blowing the line off of the water.
   My recommendation for general purpose casting/angling or entry-level casters is a ratio around 2.75 to 3. Longer ratios of 3 to 3.5 are used for achieving maximum distance as that follows the “longer line, longer casts” rule of flycasting in general. A less-than-2.5 ratio would be selected primarily for tight quarters casting as the shorter the line, the shorter the resulting D-loop. Also, shorter ratios will increase the capacity of any given rod/line system to cast heavier tips and/or flies because “compacting” the overall weight of the line into a shorter package increases the grains-per-foot status of the line.
   As stated earlier, these rod/line ratios are presented as “rules”, but for advanced/expert casters that have established an effective, efficient Skagit casting “core” (Sweep-Turnover-Casting Stroke sequence), these rules become guidelines that can be “breached” to accomodate specialized situations. Lines longer than 3.5 can be cast by “breaking away” during line positioning movements, but one must then “re-establish” – AFTER the line is “set” and BEFORE conducting the Sweep – a “tight, fixed, central” casting pivot point… not exactly an easy action for a novice or even intermediate caster to accomplish. Lines less than 1.75 times rod length can be cast by lowering the plane of the Sweep, increasing the speed of the Sweep (to keep the lower altitude line from hitting the water) and narrowing the separation-of-planes action of the Turnover to a measurement of inches… another not-so-conducive-to-novice-casters process. These are actions that demand constant, vigilant attention and as such are only employed for VERY specialized situations, even by expert casters. …”



Paddy McDonnell – Guide and Gentleman


We first got to know Paddy a number of years ago at a FlyFishing fair close to Hamburg; Paddy was demonstrating Spey casting and we got talking about fishing (what else) and casting but after that fair we lost touch until a few years later we were booth neighbours at a show near Cologne (where Paddy was once again demoing), we picked up where we left off and haven’t lost contact since.

Paddy McDonnell was born on a small farm near the banks of the River Moy and spent his childhood and youth fishing in the rivers and streams of the West of Ireland. After a short interlude working in England Paddy returned to Ireland and started guiding on the famous rivers, lakes and streams of his beloved County Mayo. Today Paddy has over 40 years’ experience of fishing the rivers and Loughs of his part of Ireland and is in his fourteenth year as a full time Guide/Ghillie.



Paddy is not only an excellent guide, a very skilled fisherman and an above average 1hand and 2hand caster (AAPGAI, FFF and GAIA certified) he is far more, he is witty, mischievous, a perfect host and above all a true gentleman. We are pleased to be able to call him a friend.


If we have whet your appetite and you fancy a fishing holiday with a splash of Irish culture thrown in (Paddy is by the way an accomplished Irish Folk-Music musician), then you should contact Paddy via his website MoyFlyFishing.com.

Alternatively just reply below and we we will be more than willing to initiate the contact for you.

Even if you are not planning a fishing holiday in Ireland just yet its worth browsing  Paddy’s website  or having a look at some of the films on his “YouTube” Channel.

Fheiceann tú in Éirinn – see you in Ireland