I was gifted with a beautiful echo 5wt rod almost three years ago. My very first fly rod. So very beautiful, attached to it was an amazing reel with all the backing and line included and was wrapped beautifully in a special case.
I was afraid to use it at first being a newbie to the fly fishing world, but I got over that feeling fairly quickly and took it out often that summer.
Two summers ago I had a tragedy happen with my fishing experience. I was walking down the river trail to the spot I normally fish. Of course I wasn’t paying any attention to my walking, but I was looking carefully at the water to see if there was anything hatching, rising and I thought I saw something. Well whatever it was I saw quickly dissipated as I fell down the embankment into the blackberry bushes. As I tried to get up the first thing I noticed was that my rod tip had broken. Never mind I couldn’t get up because I had possibly broken my ankle, had blood streaming out of my knee caps and elbows. I just sat there crying about my rod tip. And then I was crying because I didn’t know how I would get out of the bushes to get help. I tried crawling, but that didn’t go so well, so I started blowing a safety whistle that was also gifted to me. After about 30 minutes of blowing that sucker some people finally came down and carried me up to cell phone range where I was able to call for help. I had all my rod pieces and kept looking at it to make sure I hadn’t damaged the reel or anything. There were a few scratches, but mainly just the rod tip. Luckily, it was under warranty so Echo fixed it while I recouped from my severe sprain.
I love my rod very much and am ultra careful as can be with it. I did buy a second rod of Craigslist this winter but it will never beat my echo…my baby.