Today I will review the Echo Carbon XL Fly Rod.

**If you dont want to read the whole review and just want the Pros & Cons then scroll to the bottom!

I got my first Echo Fly rod 3 years ago now and have very much enjoyed fly fishing with it. It’s been on many adventures with me and I’ve caught plenty of fish from trout and salmon to pike and bass. I find the brand Echo to be a very good fly rod manufacturer and one that has quickly risen amongst the fly rod industry and many professional guides use their rods and gear.

Echo makes it easy for a beginner to intermediate fly fishers to get started in the sport and their rods are not as highly priced as some other brands which is a plus if you are on a budget. The Echo Traverse XL Fly rod offers wonderful value at this price point and I believe it’s a great rod for anyone getting started in fly fishing and all the way up to intermediate level. Normally in any sport, the more experienced we become the more higher-end we go with our gear.

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Echo Carbon XL Fly Rod

Echo Carbon XL Fly Rod

Echo Fly Rod Company has been around for quite a number of years now and have quickly risen in the ranks to be a reputable company in the fly fishing space. Based out of the United States they make great quality fly rods and at an affordable price point for most anglers.

Built from graphite and offering medium action this fly rod is a great option for beginners and intermediate fly fishers and a rod id definitely begin with.

You will find this rod offers a smooth casting experience and handles fish from various sizes well.

It is stacked with good features in its build and the quality of materials used to build the rod found in the fly reel seat and the eye guides for which the fly line shoots through will definitely last for a very long time

Echo Carbon XL Features & Benefits

Now it’s important to note the benefits of the Echo Carbon XL and I’ll do my best to guide you through here what I feel you should always be looking out for in any fly rod set up.


In fly fishing, we measure things know by “weight”. Not to be confused with how much something weighs but more as a metric to match up a fly rod and reel. The Echo Carbon Xl fly rods come in various weights such as:

  • The 2 wt and 3wt which is 7 feet long come in 4 pieces

  • The 4wt all the way up to 6 weight comes in 8 feet to 9 feet long and are again in 4 pieces
  • These rods are nice and lightweight to hold and one can easily cast a fair distance with this rod and reach the desired target fish. The presentation of the fly onto the water is also easily achieved with a delicate touch down. I didn’t face any issue casting into the wind.
  • Don’t worry too much about the overall weight as in how much it feels to hold as Echo have done a great job using modern technologies to ensure the fly rods feel good when held and cast.

Quality of construction

Echo fly rods are very well made and in the case of the Echo Carbon XL the fly rod has been manufactured using the latest and best technology available to rod builders and its clear to see this in the Carbon XL fly rod.

Graphite seems to be the most commonly used material these days in fly rod builds and this medium action fly rod is no exception. It also helps with the flexibility and casting process which in this rod is excellent.

Echo has included the dots on the ends of each piece of the rod which allow you to confidently know you are assembling the rod correctly.

The purpose of the dots are simply to align the rod. This is a nice touch especially for new fly fishing folks as you want to be able to quickly set up your rod and get fishing when you are down at your favorite fishing spot.

Featuring a solid reel seat to put your fly reel. Echo have made use of again good quality metals to ensure that the rod seat will stand the test of time.

The rod seat features the screw locking mechanism which keeps the fly reel locked and securely in place so you don’t need to worry about it falling off.

I like fishing with my Carbon XL and i use it regularly for trout fishing and like with all my fly fishing gear i give them a good wash down after each use with freshwater, dry them off with a small hand towel and store them away for my next adventure.

Casting action

The carbon xl fly rod is a medium action rod. It’s designed to allow beginner and more advanced anglers ease of casting and pleasure whilst out on the water. These rods can be easily used to catch small freshwater fish right up to large species such as salmon or pike who can be very aggressive when hooked.

The action will be suitable for most anglers with the benefit of its overall performance coupled with its control and hook setting. The rod responds fast and absorbs shock well to ensure great fighting ability without ripping the hook out of the fish’s mouth.


This is deifintley a multi use fly rod than can be used to target many species of fish and can cast a multitude of flies from small buzzers to heavier streamers or weighted nymphs or clousers.


Echo offers a peace of mind lifetime warranty which is really good. Buying any piece of equipment and having a warranty is always going to be a sweet part of the purchase and I’ve owned several echo fly rods now and never had any issues with mine.

So is this rod any good?

In my opinion yes it is an ill cover some Pro’s and Cons below in the table. This rod has also received many great reviews online where quite a number of these rods have been sold. A really great fly rod for the money and one you won’t regret buying!

  • Excellent price
  • Great for beginners to intermediate levels
  • Free Rod Carry Case
  • Lifetime Warranty Included
  • None to mention

In Summary

With the Echo Carbon XL Fly Rod its a winner for me! A great value-packed fly rod that is perfect for those starting out in the sport or someone you may wish to gift a fly rod too. The brand receives great reviews from experienced fly fishers and they offer lifetime warranties on their products. Im sure you will enjoy fishing with this rod and become an Echo Carbon XL fan just like I am!