The Frugal Flyfisher
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Northern Rockies, Pacific Northwest
ECHO Micro Practice Rod
For years now I have used an indoor/outdoor casting tool for teaching and winter (indoor) practice, for both overhead and spey demonstrations, cobbled together from a tip section of a two piece single hand rod, fifteen feet of macramé cord and a "leader" section of "just right density" (and really hard to find) polyester yarn.
The idea for this eminently useful teaching/practice tool was dreamed up by Mel Krieger a few years ago as a (vast) improvement over the commercially available all yarn "Fly-O" invented some decades before by the Wulffs (Lee and Joan). However, since Mel never produced it commercially, you had to make your own following Mel's directions, obscurely published in the members only newsletter of FFF Certified Casting Instructors, "The Loop."
I got my ECHO Micro Practice Rod (MPR) the other day. From Mel Krieger's idea Tim Rajeff has commercially produced an excellent teaching and casting practice tool with great features and just the right balance of components. Because of it's carefully designed action, casts made with this miniaturized rod feel just like casting a full size rod. For overhead casts it works great indoors or outdoors. Indoors on carpet it works very well for practicing various change of direction spey casts. At my suggestion (on trying out the prototype rods at last fall's AFFTA Denver dealer show), Tim made sure the macramé "line" was long enough to do true spey type casts, when anchoring the yarn "leader" on carpet.
The two piece, four foot graphite rod packs into its own two foot rod tube. It has a comfortable hard foam grip, single foot guides, and an integral tip over butt ferrule. This is not a toy, but an exceedingly useful teaching and practice tool. One of the best features is it's price - just $37 retail.
I believe the Red Shed has some in stock.
FFF Certified Casting Instructor (CI)
FFF Certified Two-Handed Casting Instructor (THCI)
Rajeff Sports Echo & Airflo Pro Staff, StreamWorks Pro Staff
"If the trout are lost, smash the state." - Tom McGuane
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