What are the differences between the Echo SR Switch Rod and the Deer Creek?
These are both great rods, and our best sellers in the "middle class" of switch rods. They are affordable, high performance, and tough. We like each one equally and if you get a chance, cast them side by side. You can do this if you ever get a chance to visit our riverside shop and lodge. For most this won't be possible. The Echo SR Switch Rod is a couple of inches shorter, slightly lighter, and more "tip oriented" on the casting. It is a slightly better single handed casting rod. It is also better for anglers that favor a Scandinavian style casting stroke. If you don't know what that is don't worry! That just means it is a shorter faster casting stroke.
The TFO Deer Creek Switch Rods are a bit more of a Spey Rod. They load deeper into the butt section of the rod and seem to launch line a bit further especially with sinking tips and bigger flies. Does this mean the Echo won't perform the same tasks? Golly no, it just means that if your goal is to exclusively spey swing especaially for some winter steelhead then get the TFO. Both are great choices, don't sweat it!
TFO Fly Rod Warranty
Lifetime warranty. If you break the rod a repair fee will apply and the customer can send it directly into TFO for fast service and they will replace the rod or the broken section as fast as possible.
Switch Rod Uses and Species
We have used switch rods for almost everything. Steelhead, Silver Salmon, Chums, Sockeye, Pinks, large trout, Stripers, and other species in the 5-20 pound range. The most popular species is by far steelhead and this is what made switch rods famous. They can cast sink tips with spey casts, or you can set up a strike indicator and dead drift flies as well on the same rod. Since it will cast like a spey rod or a single had fly rod it can make the transition into 2 handed casting fairly seamless.
Echo ION Fly Reel
The Echo Ion Reel is a bargain. It is probably worth twice as much. We have found the Echo Ion to be dependable, and an incredible value. The Echo Ion has a sealed drag, and the Ion is perfect for somebody that is spey fishing for the first time or is on a tight budget. The 7/9 and 10/12 that will hold the largest two-handed spey lines with plenty of backing. ECHO ION reels have stainless steel internal components and are primarily designed for fresh water use. They can be used in the salt providing extra care is taken to clean and lubricate them after each day on the water.