A few more words on our trip...
There was a few very positive things on some new gear that we tested on the island:
- Echo Ion reels. These reels were pretty nice. The drag was precise and smooth, the drag adjustment was very easy to use and very accurate and the retrieve and spool construction was right on the money. I am a bit worried about how it will take on hits from rocks and etc, but that we will found out in the future. This reel is a real champ and when you consider the price tag on it, it's amazing that they can make that good of a reel with that price. Nice job Tim(Rajeff)!!
- Vision #8 Cult switch rod. Very smooth and powerful rod. It basically will throw any line that you but on it as long as it's between the weight of 28-35grams. It has an action that works it way all the way down to the cork, but most of the casting is done from the upper 2/3 of the rod. A 480gr or 510gr Airflo skagit switch lines are perfect for it. Very nice addition to the switch rod market and it is now my second favorite switcher after the Echo SR.
For me this trip was the final proof that a switch rod is the ultimate tool for this type of fishing = small to medium size rivers that require accurate waterborne casts. You can really work your way through some nasty runs with tight spots and over growing trees. Just remember to rig your rod with a short enough line that suits the fishing situation. A Skagit Switch is a no brainer for almost everything.
Here's a pic of the top three switcher's(Echo, Beulah, Vision) around.
Thanks to Misters Jani Kekinen and Ike Neva for a great trip. Even though the fishing was far from perfect the trip was great. Lots of good food and a shit load of Canadian beer to forget the slow fishing:)
Here's some more pics. Photos by Kekinen, Neva and Kioski