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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 29, 2010
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I am just getting into fly fishing and I thought this would be helpful for practicing my casting. It helped a lot and I was ready to go when I got in the water. Although it is short, it still mimics a real rod pretty well. I recommend it for beginners, children, or anyone who wants to improve their technique.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2008
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Echo's Micro Practice Fly Rod has the perfectly balanced feel of the real thing. You can sit in your living room and cast tight loops until whoever lives with you begs you put it away.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on June 28, 2011
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If you have a large, empty room, say a basement or garage, in your house you will be able to practice with this indoors. My house is not very big and I worried too much about knocking something off a shelf or getting the line hung in ceiling fan so I ended up outdoors with it which basically defeated the purpose for which I bought it. I can use my fly rod if I'm outdoors. I'm a novice fly fisher but I've fished with spin tackle all my life and fishing is hands down the best kind of practice. The rod is only 47" long but I can see where this would be very good for demonstration, the "line" is very visible, or for a total beginner to fishing/casting to learn and practice the basics of casting, indoors or out. The heavy cord is forgiving because it really loads the rod and the rod's action is fast, but for what it is, its over priced. You could get a cheap, short, fast spin rod and some cord for 1/4th of this item's price then use what you have saved to buy Joan Wulff's book "Fly Casting Accuracy" which helped my fly cast far more than all other fly fishing learning products I've purchased put together. Good luck!
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on May 2, 2014
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I enjoy this practice rod. We have a small yard so I can't practice with a full size fly rod. The Echo is about 3.5 feet long, and balanced to the 1/4" braided rope which serves as the "flyline" About 4' of red yarn is the "leader" It will cast fifteen feet or so. Great for remembering/acquiring the feel of the cast, and practicing accuracy.

I use it outdoors, on grass. Grass or carpet will cling enough to the line to allow roll casting. Indoors, unless you have a large, empty room with a cathedral ceiling, you'll have trouble using the rod, although I plan to try it while sitting or kneeling on the floor.
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on April 29, 2013
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Put a fly rod in the hands of a student, and you are just asking for trouble. Then put that rod inside, and the recipe for disaster is final.
However with this gizmo, you can practice inside without having to worry about tearing things apart.
Things I've learned:
1. The follower did come loose on the second day. I whip-finished it and was back in action.
2. No cats! Cats love yarn and will make quick work of you line.
3. The action is more like an over lined fly rod than a balanced one. The translation to a "real" fly rod will still take just a little time.
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on November 15, 2013
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I recommend this product. Great rod to practice casting indoor and outdoor. Got a few friends to try it and now they're into fly fishing. Only thing I don't like is the glue by the handle came loose and I should get the seller to replace but didn't want to go thru the hassle sending it back. Other than that its a great way to practice.
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on January 8, 2014
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This is excellent. I did not realize that a practice fishing rod would be so much fun trying to learn how to fly fish. I think this is one of the best inventions and I can't imagine how many have bought and used this to learn. I am learning a lot and think I am ready to go fishing for sure! I am glad I bought this practice rod.
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on December 16, 2012
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The Echo micro practice rod is a fantastic learning tool for new fly casters and experienced ones. It mimics casting a real fly rod perfectly and perhaps most importantly is just a super fun tool for just throwing some line when you can't get out to the water. Well done.
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on April 2, 2012
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I bought this to teach my grandsons the basics is fly casting. But have used it more myslf tobrush up my casting.
A handy little tool which can be used in a small space.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 27, 2007
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Works very much like the real thing. The only caveat is cats. They love the thing and can get their claws tangled in the yarn. But it's great to teach kids and practice indoors.
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