Rethinking Flyfishing – Skagit

We just have to admit it, leaving politics aside, there is a lot of funky stuff coming over from the USA. Pulsing over the big ocean a rather new “flyfishing- movement” has hit the shores of Europe. An alternative movement which is in the midst of “reinventing” flyfishing or at least how we have perceived flyfishing over the last few decades. Rethinking flytackle and it’s practical use: a never-ending-story 🙂

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They’ve done it again !!!

Last weekend saw the BFF casting team (Silja and Lasse and the apprentices Robyn and Louis) ) on the road to Gothenburg to cast in the Swedish Open Spey competition … and they came home with two first, a fourth and a sixth placings to their credit, plus a brace of personal bests and a new Danish Record!



The BFF-Team left home (Copenhagen) in the early hours of Saturday morning and arrived in Gothenburg at about 8am just in time to sign in. The weather started off fine, so that the 15ft competitions could be completed on schedule, BUT then a storm blew over and it was so windy that the 16ft (Womens platform) and 18ft (Mens platfom) had to be postponed by about two hours.


15’1″ Spey Distance – Women

1. Silja Longhurst 78m total, Denmark

2. Anna Hedman 53m total, (Swedish Womens Champion)

3. Anna-Karin Wiklund 52m total


15’1 Spey Distance – Men

1. Tellis Katsogiannos 87m total (Swedish Champion)

2. Joakim Tuovinen 86,5m total

3. Magnus Hedman 82,5m total

4. Lasse Karlsson


16’ Spey Distance – Women

1. Silja Longhurst 39m, Denmark

2. Anna Hedman 36m

3. Anna-Karin Wiklund 34m


18´Spey Distance – Men

1. Tellis Katsogiannos 59,5m – new Swedish record

2. Roger Håkansson 54m

3. Magnus Hedman 52,5m

6. Lasse Karlsson 44m


Well done everybody but in particular we would like to especially mention Silja and Lasse who put up a fantastic performance against all odds (two kids and no training time), but also to Anna Hedmann in becoming the new Swedish Womens Champion and Tellis Katsogiannos who didn’t just organise the event but also won the Mens Championships and cast a new Swedish 18ft record in doing so!

See you all next year.

Much Ado About Nothing …

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Not only have the ECHO Spey Lines arrived but we are also allowed to use the old names 😎 …

the lines are now called:

ECHO Scandi Compact
ECHO Skagit Compact
ECHO Skagit Compact Intermediate
ECHO Skagit Switch
ECHO Rage Compact Float



After as looooong wait the RAGE Compact Float (formerly known as Skagit Float 🙂 ) shooting heads have arrived. These heads were designed by Tim Rajeff and Tom Larimer to  cast like a skagit but fish like a full floater. We will be off to the coast over the weekend where we hope to test a few whilst targeting sea trout at night.

Meet Gary

We are pleased to announce that Gary Bell Gary Bell from Co. Antrim in Ireland has joined our pro-team. Gary who is a  Professional Casting Instructor and Guide with over 30 years of fly fishing and fly tying experience  holds GAIC, APGAI, APGAI-Ireland and AAPGAI certificates in all 3 disciplines namely Salmon (Double-Handed), Trout (Single-Handed) and Fly Dressing. Gary has extensive experience in guiding for Salmon (he worked for 6 years as a full-time Ghillie on one of Ireland’s most famous Salmon beats) , Trout and Pike in both the North and South of Ireland. He is also well known for his Fly Casting and Fly Dressing demonstrations in Ireland and the UK. Gary is looking forward to letting anyone interested in ECHO products having a test run with them at any of the Game fairs or shows that he will be attending.

Its worth having a look at Gary’s web-site , as you can see he not only has exclusive access to some of  best Salmon fishing Northern Ireland has to offer, he can also guide you for Trout, Sea Trout and BIG Pike. You can contact Gary via his web-site.

What is a Grain Window?

A grain window defines the engineered grain  [weight] carrying capability of a fly rod blank under line load.

The primary purpose of printing the grain window on two handed fly rods is to guide the caster in achieving a correct and balanced rod/line set up.

Dialling in to the lower end of the grain window:

The low end of the grain window defines the minimal amount of grains that will allow the rod to load efficiently.

  • The low end of the grain window would most often be applied by those fishermen wanting to use the power in the top 1/2 to 2/3 of the rod. Many experts often refer to this as casting off the tip of the rod
  • Casting off the top of the rod is often used by those casters that want to use light [grained] shooting heads combined with minimal anchor. This is typical of the Scandi style “touch-and-go technique”. This type of cast is best performed with an extremely compact economical stroke, minimal energy with the power coming predominantly from the “under” hand.

Dialling in to the higher end of the grain window:

The high end of the grain window defines the maximum amount of grains [weight] that  will allow the rod to load efficiently.

  • The high end of the grain window would most often be applied by those casters wanting to distribute power and grain load so as to utilise the loading capability of the whole rod; taking power way down into the cork. This is also known as fully or deep loading the rod.
  • Normally The type of casting stroke required to best load the rod deeply varies with the type of line used:
    • Skagit Style Heads: Skagit or sustained anchor casts are best accomplished with an extremely compact economical stroke, minimal energy with the power coming predominantly from the “under” hand.
    • Spey Lines: Classic or modern Spey casts are best accomplished with an open stance, long stroke with the power coming from a balanced combination between the upper and lower hand.



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