The Echo Carbon XL is one of the best bangs for your buck in a 6-weight that we’ve found. The Carbon XL’s fast action provides great feel and plenty of power. It was our best inexpensive rods in the new 2021 6-Weight Shootout outperforming many higher-priced rods. We loved the five weight just as much as the six!
We paired the Carbon up with the Orvis Battenkill III disk-drag reel. This reel has a smooth and adjustable drag system and plenty of backing capacity. Scientific Anglers Mastery MPX WF 5 floating line helps load the Aetos quickly and efficiently. The outfit also comes with a hand tied leader of your choice.