Re: Mini Practice Fly Rod
David, If you're talking the Echo practice rod, it is pretty cool. The yarn "line" is thick and it is tough going through the guide which I think gives it the feel of a real line and rod albeit smaller. I also thinks it gives you muscle memory. For $30 or so, it might be a good idea to help your friend.
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