Wow, that was 2014...how time flies.DarkShadow wrote:I would have to go with my Echo Carbon, 3 weight, 7'6".
I'm still wet behind the ears as far as fly fishing goes, and ended up starting out using a low end Sage. The rod was not very forgiving for a novice caster. But, when I purchased by Carbon, the slower action made all the difference in the world, and I could feel the exact moment the rod was loading up to begin my forward motion.
The reason why my 7'6" 3 weight is my favorite is just because of how much use it gets. In SoCal, our few streams/creeks have canopies of willow and other riparian trees which makes having a 9 foot rod a headache.
My favorite rod now has to be my 8'6" Hardy Zenith 4 weight, paired with my Lamson Litespeed 1.5.
After venturing out to bigger water, and having to present delicate size 20 BWOs most of the time, the Hardy excels in placing these tiny flies in the exact spot you want them to.
I still love my Carbon, and it does get a lot more use than the Hardy, but the Zenith is hard to put down.
if i could only take/have one it would be the Sage DS 5 wt. because it gives me the tightest loops with what i call my cast(others may ask me if i need help). i always think of patrick f. mcmanus when i throw flies. LOL.
i am pretty sure there is a lot of second guessing on faves listed.
Ooops....just noticed the age of this thread! Sorry!