Re: Time to get my own
i have an Echo3 and they are really nice rods. but if i were you I'd look for a used Sage XP or ZXL (XP is faster, ZXL is more delicate). Either can be had for about $300, and you can get a great reel for less $200. The precursor to the ZXL was the SLT (which can also be found on the big auction site--that rod is now a bit of a legend).