Well I got the 9wt echo BAG quickshot 8' model today. I was looking for a glass rod that had no issues casting 60-80' into decent wind and handling most flats scenario's with light 10-15lb tippet which is not something that traditional glass rods do well. All I can say so far with my lawn casting is I am very impressed. First I lined it up with a 9wt SA aircel clear int tip line. It had no problem tossing this line to the backing knot with a small bead chain shrimp pattern. I then swapped to the cortland flats taper 9wt liquid crystal flyline with very similar results with the same fly. I have never casted a glass rod like this. If you slow your stroke down the rod casts similarly to a lot of glass rods and easily hits short shots. Though I feel the defining factor for this rod is what it can do when you speed up your stroke and push the rod. Most glass rods seem to fall flat on their face when you try to speed up your stroke and tighten your loops. The echo just smiles and grins and shoots line nobody's business. I could apply a stroke almost as fast as my graphite rods with a very tight loop or I could slow it down and get a more traditional glass feel. I have a feeling this rod is going to take a lot of market share from EPIC and other high end faster glass rods business. I will hopefully get the rod out this weekend to test it on some redish or bonito to get the full review.