Echo Base Fly Rod Kit: Pros and Cons

Updated: May 24



An in-depth review of the Echo Base fly rod kit


Finding the right fly rod and reel can be daunting. With so many options and every company claiming to have the "best of the best", it's hard to know what's the right option given your specific situation.



I'm Travis with Noses Up Fly Fishing, and in this article I'll be reviewing and sharing my thoughts about the Echo Base fly rod and reel kit, which I have learned a lot about by owning and fishing it for the past 4 years.


*Note: I have no relationship with Echo or Rajeff Sprots (the maker of Echo Base Rods) other than being a long time customer. However, as a part of being able to maintain this website, this site does contain affiliate links. In English, what this means is that if you do determine the Echo Base is a good fit for you and you purchase it, I may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thanks!


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The Echo Base fly rod and reel kit is a fly fishing package that includes:


  • A four piece Echo Base graphite fly rod in one of 4 line weight sizes: 4wt, 5wt, 6wt, or 8wt. The rods are rated as "medium fast", meaning the butt and midsection are stiffer, while the tip section remains flexible.

Echo Base Four Piece Graphite Rod
Echo Base Four Piece Graphite Rod

  • An Echo Base reel matched specifically to fit the respective rod size selected. The reel can be switched to accommodate right or left handed anglers, and is made with an impact resistant frame.

Echo Base Fly Reel
Echo Base Fly Reel

  • A rod carrying case that includes a shoulder strap.


Echo rods and reels, including the Base models, are designed by world renowned casting instructor Tim Rajeff. He’s been quoted saying that fly fishing gear should be of the highest quality, but also affordable, especially for those getting started in the sport.


Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Price to value ratio

  • Will work in almost any situation

  • Enough power to cast in moderate wind

  • Durability and quality of materials

  • Flexible tip to protect lighter tippets

  • Reel: Durable and well balanced with the rod


Cons:

  • Lack of delicacy can make presenting tiny dry flies (size 20 and smaller) tough

  • Moderate power can limit throwing heavy streamers effectively

  • Limited power to cast accurately much more than 45 feet

  • Reel: Limited range of drag