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Post 30 Sep 2022, 00:33 • #1 
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Fished a new Echo Riverglass 8 ft 4 wt rod in a remote area of Idaho in the Bitterroot mountains chasing cutthroat trout with dry flies. This was in an area where the waters were larger streams and smaller freestone rivers. I paired the rod with a Cortland 444 peach line on an old style Ross Cimarron reel. The setup worked great and it’s a 4 piece rod so it’s convenient for hiking in to more remote areas. I could cast out to 50 feet with fairly good accuracy and roll casting was easy as well. I could feel the rod load well and when I had a fish on it was a lot of fun. The fishing was great (best dry fly fishing ever). Looking forward to getting out with that rod again.


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Post 30 Sep 2022, 00:36 • #2 
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Nice nice! I have Bitterroot streams like hat on my list - I just have to make it happen. Thanks for the inspiration!


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Post 30 Sep 2022, 06:11 • #3 
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Sounds fun. How did the echo River glass handle? Those seem like decent sized fish.


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Post 30 Sep 2022, 06:26 • #4 
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Beauty! Doesn’t get much better than that, thanks for sharing


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Post 30 Sep 2022, 07:35 • #5 
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Love Idaho was there back in August a lot of great small streams and beautiful cutts,thanks for the report........Aurelio


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Post 30 Sep 2022, 07:51 • #6 
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Fun!

It's been too long since I've been there.


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Post 30 Sep 2022, 09:43 • #7 
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That looks like a real good time!

It's always nice to break in a new rod.


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Post 30 Sep 2022, 09:46 • #8 
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I briefly lived in Idaho and the trout fishing there set the bar for me that is unobtainable in my home state of Massachusetts. Sounds like you had a fantastic time and enjoyed the way the rod performed.


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Post 30 Sep 2022, 09:50 • #9 
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Lovely pics, although your idea of "small" is different than mine. Thanks for sharing.


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Post 30 Sep 2022, 11:27 • #10 
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The fish I caught with that rod were 12-18” and it handled them well. The “creek” I fished was mostly what I would call a small river, which is why I wanted to get the 8 ft length rather than the usual 7’-7’6” that a lot of 4 wt glass rods come in. A Western Glass 4 wt 8’6” would have been ideal, but was not in my budget. The nearby rivers had bigger fish ( my biggest one was 22” and some that may have been larger but broke off or spit the hook) and I used my standard 5 and 6 wt 9’ graphite rods there as I was fishing large hopper-dropper rigs.


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Post 30 Sep 2022, 13:49 • #11 
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glorious !


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Post 30 Sep 2022, 19:56 • #12 
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Having never fished the west I find cutthroats fascinating


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Post 01 Oct 2022, 10:24 • #13 
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Thanks for sharing. That’s a great area for dries, cutthroats, and seclusion.


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Post 01 Oct 2022, 10:43 • #14 
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BEAUTIFUL stream and gorgeous trout. Well done!


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Post 01 Oct 2022, 10:50 • #15 
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Boy i miss fishing most of those "Bitterroot mtn" creeks/rivers. Fished them all back in the mid 80s when they were less "busy". Miss fishing the "creek". Miss having deer almost step on me at night while trying to sleep at the trail heads with no one else there under the incredible starlight. Miss those dew wet predawn power hikes upstream to tributaries of the main streams and fishing miles back to my vw bug.

Thanks for sharing! Glad fishing is still great!


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Post 01 Oct 2022, 11:38 • #16 
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That really is pretty water...congrats.
Carl


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