Re: ECHO Classic
I would recommend the 7'6''. I do a lot of small stream fishing...probably 95% of my efforts are chasing brook trout around new england. The extra foot is not a hinderance if anything it helps nymphing and roll casts better. Psychologically the 6 foot rod seems like the better choice...on the water it really won't matter except for the extreme situation. I can bow and arrow cast the 7" 6" as well as sidearm and roll cast with it.
Echo..nice rod. I ended up going with the TFO professional 4 piece. I have been fishing the 9 foot 8 weight for the last couple of years..so I guess out of brand loyalty so to speak I about the 3 weight. For my casting style the echo and TFO were very comparable. For a few dollars more you might want to look into the St. Croix Avid as well.
There are great glass rods out there as well...I just could not find one in the price range that you and I shared that also had the warranty behind it. Small streams lead to strange things happening to a fishing rod.
FTR..I am fishing the 3 weight with a SA WF4 weight..Lefty Kreh line. Loads the rod beautifully.