Echo River Glass Fly Rod Review
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Fiberglass fly rods have seen a resurgence in recent years, and for good reasons. They are generally softer and feature slower actions than the average graphite rod. This makes glass rods a blast to fish in tight creeks for smaller trout. While your grandfather may have fished fiberglass in his day, today's glass rods are loaded with new technology that enhances their fun factor. Echo is no stranger to the world of fiberglass, and their latest glass offering, the River Glass, is making quite the splash for several reasons. If you are interested in picking up a new rod for fishing small creeks, you will want to read on.
Fit & Finish
The River Glass is a funking-looking rod with some pretty quirky features. The reel seat is down-locking, which is an odd choice for a short 4wt and the grip, which is a mash-up between a reversed half-wells and a cigar, is unusual as well. However, the real stand-out feature is the blank's bright, fluorescent green color. There is no mistaking the River Glass for anything else, and while some purists might roll their eyes, we think younger anglers will find it appealing.
Trout that inhabit small creeks are generally not too picky regarding fly selection, but they do spook relatively easily. The River Glass's slow action allows the angler to present small dry flies to wary fish delicately. However, the River Glass starts to get sloppy when casting larger flies at longer distances.
The River Glass's blank bends to the cork, which helps give the rod that sweet soulful feeling glass rods are known for. Anglers accustomed to fishing faster graphite rods might initially struggle with casting the River Glass. However, once the angler slows down their cast, the rod does the job for them. Be sure to pick a lighter trout-oriented line such as the Rio Lightline, Scientific Anglers Amplitude Trout, or the Royal Wulff Triangle Taper.
The River Glass is an excellent option for any angler looking for an affordable creek rod. The unique blank color will turn a few heads on the river and helps make it an attractive rod for younger anglers. At $249.99, it is tough to find significant faults with the River Glass.
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- Great price
- Above-average performance
- Color definitely makes a splash
- Missing high-end components