5. Echo Classic 10’9” 5-weight $239.95 – Now Discontinued
The least expensive of all the rods tested, the Echo Classic is a bargain for someone interested in learning how to use a two handed rod. Unfortunately, this rod is now discontinued. If you can find one on eBay it is similar to the St. Croix Imperial, the Echo Classic 10’9” 5-weight has a very smooth, forgiving feel to it. Like the Imperial, the Echo classic is a medium-fast action. The main thing holding the Echo Classic back from a higher finish is its heavy swing weight.
The Echo Classic blanks are finished in a deep green color with matching dark green wraps over chrome snake guides with silver trim. Alignment dots are used for easy assembly. The cork handle is satisfactory in both shape and quality. A Cordura covered rod tube and cloth bag are included.
Great feel and smooth power. Nice, wide, easy-to-hit sweet spot makes this rod very forgiving. This rod just feels too heavy. In hand it feels significantly heavier than the Orvis H2, Douglas DXF, Fenwick Aetos, and St. Croix Imperial.