Echo TR Spey Rods Reviewed
By Deschutes Angler Staff
Echo’s much anticipated TR Spey rods are now available and the staff at Deschutes Angler is very impressed with the performance and versatility of these reasonably priced rods. Both the 12’6” 6 wt and 13’0” 7 wt are fantastic all around Spey rods for the beginner and expert alike. The 6 wt. is perfect for summer steelhead with both floating and sinking lines. The 7 wt. is the work horse that fishes great with a floating line for summer steelhead and sink-tips for winter steelhead.
Both Echo TR rods have a more traditional action where the rod bends clear into the butt section. This kind of action allows you to feel the rod load and be more aware of the timing on the forward cast. A rod with this kind of action is perfect for the angler that is just learning to Spey cast. Knowing when the rod is loaded and feeling how it loads will help the beginner understand the mistakes that he or she will make on their Spey casting journey. Because of the moderate price tag the Echo TR Spey rods are a great way to get into Spey casting without breaking the bank.
Don’t be deceived however, these rods are not only for beginners. Both Spey rods are very responsive in the advanced casters’ hands and compete with similar higher priced models. In particular the 7 wt. TR Spey rod excels at sink-tip casting with Skagit heads. We tried a combination of various sink-tips and weighted flies and the rod was able to handle every combination effortlessly. The 6 wt. is a great floating line rod that loads easily and casts tight loop after tight loop.
Echo TR rods are an exceptional rod for the price whether you are just getting into Spey casting or are looking for an affordable high performance back up rod.
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