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William Schlafer  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, November 15, 2016 5:30:01 PM(UTC)
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Longtime DTA readers will recall reading about my mishaps with my Echo Carbon fly rod. Back in September, I managed to break the thing again, for the fourth time. After mulling it over for awhile, I decided to send it in for warranty repair once again.

This time, it turns out that Echo no longer carries the Echo Carbon. So they sent me a brand new Echo Carbon XL, for no charge (there's typically a $35 handling fee).

Pretty cool of Echo to do that. I can't wait to give it a go this spring and it will make a nice companion to the Echo Base 4W I purchased back in September. To go along with a new rod, I decided to pick up a new Ross Rapid fly reel too.


Now... all I need to do is settle on a fly line.

“You'll never look back on your life and wish you had spent more time in the office." -- Brian Trautman, Captain SV Delos
#2 Posted : Tuesday, November 15, 2016 6:38:58 PM(UTC)
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I had my Echo Carbon 3 wt out fishing in Iowa today,still works great !

Cortland Fairplay $15 line at Viroqua walmart

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#3 Posted : Wednesday, November 16, 2016 8:35:58 AM(UTC)
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Tim Rajeff operates a First Class operation for Echo and Airflow. I've only heard great things about him.
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#4 Posted : Wednesday, November 16, 2016 8:47:15 AM(UTC)
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I got the Carbon XL four weight and have only good things to say about it. It can handle much bigger and heavier flies than I'd anticipated. It's been getting a workout on my local smallmouth streams where an eight weight is just too much gun. Echo does seem to be a first class operation.
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