I want to pick everyone's brain about these 2 rods. I feel pretty knowledgeable about specs/actions of both of them, but I'm very curious to see if anyone can provide some side by side comparison notes on them.
I have 2 rods used specifically for swinging trout and smallie flies:
A single to double conversion 10' 5wt paired with a rio
Scandi short 210gr. This rod was kind of a broomstick as a single hander, but really settles down with "touch and go" casts. My only complaint is the rod is still pretty stiff and not very fun with a typical 12" trout or dink smallie.
The other rod is a redington dually 4wt. This is my heavier duty rod. It likes a Skagit trout max in 275gr. I usually run 8'-15' of t8. Once again, smaller fish turn into surfers if there is any current at all with this rod.
I really want to get a lighter switch before early spring rolls around and have had my eye on the echo glass switch for over a year now.
However, if I can spend less for comparable performance with the ARE then I probably will.
There has been lots of talk of ARE glass lately. Can anyone provide insights in comparison to the Echo glass 3wt?
I'd like to cast 200gr or under using mono/fluoro/poly leaders and unweighted to lightly weighted flies.
Thanks in advance!