Last week, I lamented the ‘pole’ I was waving about in a futile attempt to load and shoot. I was fatigued after  a few hours fishing. So, I sprung for an Echo rod and a Lamson reel….priced in the mid $$$ range. I did this because friend Matt McCrary had tried the rod and judged it to be a worthy, affordable rod. The Lamson was also a good, solid reel. I used it for five hours today without a fraction of the fatigue I had encountered with the Redington ‘pole’. I could have sprung for the Z Axis 7136 and  Ross Momentum, but I know myself, I would have felt guilty if I didn’t use it often. That is not likely to happen, given my predilection for stillwaters and other interruptions.  So, I will be comfortable to have the Echo rod and Lamson reel and will not feel so bad if it is only used a couple dozen times a year, or so.

Echo Rod/Lamson Reel
Echo Rod/Lamson Reel

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The feeling of a few shop owner/employees was the Echo rods might be too good for the price…there by stalling or reducing those that move upward into a Winston or Sage or ?? from the cheaper rods (e.g. Temple Fork).  This is a nice rod for the money. Don’t get me wrong $300+ is a chunk right now, but still a lot better than $750-900. The Lamson Reel…not my fist choice but didn’t have $375 to $475 to plop down, so the $250 was still a chunk but again cheaper and more palatable. Throw in a 510 grain Skagit and I was out the door practicing mind control, compartmentalization techniques.  It loaded beautifully and felt perfect in the hand. I am a sucker for green…the matte finish is in keeping with the utilitarian feel of the rod. I won’t look back; happy I sprung for the lighter outfit….now to use it more often.