Re: Echo Reels?
The Echo reels are certainly a value when you look at their price tag of only $69. They're very lightweight and overall they're good reels. However, I do have a couple of problems with them.
First of all, as Terry mentioned, I don't particullarly care for the composite material reels. They feel like plastic toys. Now, having said that, that is a good material. I'm sure the durability is good, its anti-corrssive and they are very lightweight. I just prefer aluminum. But hey... that's me. I'm sure there are a lot of folks that like that type of material in a fly reel.
Secondly, When it comes to the spool attaching to the frame, the tollerences are not ver tight. I have had a 3wt fly line to get stuck between the outside edge of the spool and the frame where one of the frame posts fits into the outter groove on the spool. When I would strip line off of the reel, the line would get stuck at that spot. Its not that difficult to pull the line out but is an interuption and a hassle. The diameter of larger fly lines will probably not get stuck.
When it comes to todays large arbor reels, I still believe the best value on the market is the Cortland Endurance at only $89. Machined aluminum, adjustable disc drag, large arbor, excellent cosmetics, extreme durability, etc... they're great reels. But hey... that's just my opinion.