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Driftless Angler Fly Shop  
#1 Posted : Friday, December 9, 2016 1:03:54 PM(UTC)
Driftless Angler Fly Shop
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The holiday tradition continues!

The Driftless Angler Fly Shop will be giving the members of DTA a special 10% off the new Echo Carbon XL 8'4 4wt fly rod between now and January 1st. All you need to do is hop online to the store and use DTACARBON (all caps) as your promo code.

If you have trouble purchasing one online, please feel free to call the shop.

Thank you for being such an excellent group of advocates for our area!

Mat and Geri
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DanE  
#2 Posted : Wednesday, December 14, 2016 8:09:50 AM(UTC)
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Driftless Angler Fly Shop wrote:
The holiday tradition continues!

The Driftless Angler Fly Shop will be giving the members of DTA a special 10% off the new Echo Carbon XL 8'4 4wt fly rod between now and January 1st. All you need to do is hop online to the store and use DTACARBON (all caps) as your promo code.

If you have trouble purchasing one online, please feel free to call the shop.

Thank you for being such an excellent group of advocates for our area!

Mat and Geri



Nice work Mat & Geri! ThumpUp
William Schlafer  
#3 Posted : Thursday, December 15, 2016 9:11:01 AM(UTC)
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Mat and Geri are the best. Besides being just great people, they're fine advocates for our sport and have helped me out on numerous occasions. I picked up an Echo Base rod there last summer (with a discount!) after my Echo Carbon disintegrated (again). It's great to have that fly shop located right in the heart of the area I most want to fish.

Now, if they only had a bar next door for us Trout bums to congregate in... Smile

Thanks again Mat & Geri. Happy Holidays!


-Bill
“You'll never look back on your life and wish you had spent more time in the office." -- Brian Trautman, Captain SV Delos
stan b  
#4 Posted : Monday, December 19, 2016 6:55:12 AM(UTC)
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Is this a good rod?
Would this match up well with an Echo ION #4/5 reel?
Would that be a good stated rig?
Opinions please.

Thanks,
Stan b

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"So what is big is not always the Trout nor the Deer but the chance, the being there. And what is full is not necessarily the creel nor the freezer, but the memory." ~ Aldo Leopold
William Schlafer  
#5 Posted : Monday, December 19, 2016 7:50:44 AM(UTC)
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stan b wrote:
Is this a good rod?
Would this match up well with an Echo ION #4/5 reel?
Opinions please.

Thanks,
Stan b



Echo sent me this rod as a replacement for my old Echo Carbon, which I broke this fall. I haven't had a chance to fish it yet, but casting it around the yard it feels pretty good. Nice fast action with enough power to cast in the wind, but delicate enough to make accurate casts with small dry flies. The 8' 4W is about the perfect rod for small to mid-size Driftless Area streams.

I can't recommend the Echo ION reel however. I bought one of these about three years ago and it gave me nothing but grief. The fly line would find it's way into the gap between the spool and frame and wrap around the shaft. You had to take the reel apart to get the line out, which is really a pain while fishing. The reel just felt clunky and cheap compared to Ross and Lamson reels I've owned. They may have improved their quality since I bought mine however, but I would check the fit of the spool before buying.


-Bill
“You'll never look back on your life and wish you had spent more time in the office." -- Brian Trautman, Captain SV Delos
stan b  
#6 Posted : Monday, December 19, 2016 8:47:52 AM(UTC)
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Thanks Bill,
The reel in your picture is a base.
The Ion 2/3 weight is a little nicer.

Stan b
"So what is big is not always the Trout nor the Deer but the chance, the being there. And what is full is not necessarily the creel nor the freezer, but the memory." ~ Aldo Leopold
William Schlafer  
#7 Posted : Monday, December 19, 2016 10:39:28 AM(UTC)
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stan b wrote:
Thanks Bill,
The reel in your picture is a base.
The Ion 2/3 weight is a little nicer.

Stan b


The reel in the photo is actually a Ross Rapid. Haven't fished that one yet either, but their previous models were excellent for the money.


-Bill
“You'll never look back on your life and wish you had spent more time in the office." -- Brian Trautman, Captain SV Delos
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