It's been almost 30 years since I've done any fly fishing -- poppers for sunfish using an old 7'10" Shakespeare with 7 wt. line. Have spent the years since spin and baitcasting in South Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas. Moved to western North Carolina recently and want to get back into some fly fishing. I have my choices narrowed to Sage Launch, Echo Classic, or possibly a TFO TiCr. Fly shops in this region carry most of the major brands (Albright, Sage, Scott, St. Croix, TFO, Winston, etc.). The one rod I can't get my hands on readily is the Echo. Nearest dealer is in Charleston, SC and I just don't have the time to get down there right now. So...in the meantime, thought I'd get some opinions (researching the choices is almost as much of an obsession as is the fishing!!).
Of the Sage Launch and Echo Classic (Echo I):
1. Which is better loading at short distances?
2. Which is more accurate at short/moderate distances?
2. Which is better for distance casting?
3. Which has the softer tip?
I'm most interested in hearing from those who have cast these rods in a 6 wt. Thanks for any and all input.