You might have gone through moments in life, or in this case at the fly shop, where someone throws out a idea and then your group of buddies run with it for a bit and it takes on a life of its own. Usually those conversations end up as nothing more than a memorable conversation. \u00a0This time the idea turned into a challenge, an idea so good it was almost comical. This type of idea can turn into so much more! This time around, let me tell you, the idea took a life of it\u2019s own - and it became something that I absolutely love! I was at the fly shop joking around with the guys and we got talking about various things - reels, rods, fish we want to catch, bucket list locations, and the topic came up on what type of fish I could catch on the Echo Gecko. \u00a0We joked around about catching carp and pike\/tiger muskies on the Gecko, I mentioned I had seen someone on social media using one for bonefish (if you know, you know), the reality that it would be a great rod for me to use with my kids to catch bluegill and trout, and the idea was planted. \u00a0I knew I had to get the Gecko. I knew I had to see what I could catch on the Gecko. I began looking at species in Utah and other places. The idea was planted. I felt the need, almost an obsessive need I to pick up the Echo Gecko and see what crazy situations I could get myself in with that fly rod. \u00a0Seriously, an addiction or a passion or an obsession or some combination of the three was born. Shortly thereafter I pulled the trigger and bought the full Echo Gecko kit! \u00a0A four-piece, 4-5 weight, seven foot nine inch fly rod in glorious yellow with a great camo handle and fighting butt\/two handed casting rod, an Echo Solo reel with a Airflo fly line and a nail knot connected leader inside an included full kit carrying case. It was love at first unboxing. \u00a0I couldn\u2019t wait to get it on the water. The first place I took the rod was to a local pond full of bluegill, bass, small stocked rainbow trout, the occasional carp and catfish. That first day the rod landed a bunch of bluegill, a trout and a bass! The rod performed like a champ. Since that time the rod has been tested by bigger fish in amazing waters. \u00a0The rod will continue to be used as frequently as I can as I work to catch various species with this wonderful rod! On to the review of the fly rod: PROS: Fun: Honestly, why do we fish? I know some people do it as a career choice (example guides, professional or commercial fisherman, shop owners, outdoorspeople extraordinaire, film makers, etc and I respect all of you) but the majority of us use fishing is a hobby, lifestyle, and way to get out doors. \u00a0Another way to put it, for the majority of us fishing is a way to have fun. The Echo Gecko (purely subjective here) rapidly became the one of the most fun rods I have ever fished. I don\u2019t know how to really explain why it is so much fun, but it is. Go cast one. Powerful: One of my biggest concerns when I got the rod was how it was going to handle casting distances and \u201cbigger\u201d fish. \u00a0In my mind I originally thought \u201cHey, this is a kids rod so It might not do that great of a job performance wise.\u201d It\u2019s a 4-5 wt rod. It performed its job very well. \u00a0I\u2019ve had the privilege of fishing the Gecko on a few bodies of water in the last few months. One of them was the Green River. While I am not a world class caliber fly caster, but I was successfully throwing casts that were ballpark 50 feet. I was casting accurately at that distance, even with a slight to medium breeze. \u00a0This trip I didn\u2019t manage to catch any \u201creally big\u201d fish, but I did land several browns and a rainbow in the 17-20\u201d range that found their way into some decent currents. Ive thrown everything from articulated streamers (4-5\u201d at the biggest, not supper heavy) to foam dries. The rod definitely held its own power wise! I give the rod a thumbs up on both power, accuracy, and ability to handle 20\u201d trout. Quality build for a great price: The Echo Gecko comes in two configurations - the rod by itself or the kit that comes with a reel, line, and leader. You can get the full kit for $169.99. That\u2019s not too shabby for a full setup for a kid (or an adult). \u00a0\u00a0The rod is well built and looks like it is done up well. The camouflage rod grip feels great in my hands, but it might be a little small for those of you that have bigger hands. Looking at the build of the rod it doesn\u2019t look like a sub $200 rod to me. I own a cheaper rods (sub $70) and there is definitely a large difference in the build quality when comparing those rods to the Gecko. I don\u2019t notice as big of a build quality gap between the gecko and some of \u201chigher end priced\u201d rods. Definitely a good value. Love the looks on the water: Speaking of how the rod looks, this rod definitely stands out! This rod is YELLOW with a green camouflage handle. It does not blend in with the majority of black, gray, green, brown and other earthy toned rods on the market. It brings a smile to my face when someone comes up and asks what type of rod I\u2019m fishing because they don\u2019t recognize it. (Happened more than once a day during that trip to the Green River). Short length: There are plenty of local streams where having a long fly rod means I always have to be on the lookout for low branches. This rod is under 8 feet in length which means it\u2019s easier to get into some of those highly covered in vegetation areas. \u00a0It also makes it easier to put in a pack or leave strung up between urban carp locations. CONS: Difficulty nymphing: This rod has the power to nymph and to mend a cast. That\u2019s not what makes it difficult. What if found was that when using an indicator in more than 3 feet deep pools \u00a0I couldn\u2019t bring enough line in to easily land a fish. The indicator would run into the tip and get stuck and I\u2019d have to fully stretch my arms out in both directions to land a fish. \u00a0That made things a little more difficult Leader\/flyline connection: This was a point of concern for me. The first time I took the rod out was to a local pond with my kids. We had a blast! Well until my third cast when the tag end of the nail knot that connected my leader to my fly line became the center of a icky tangle. \u00a0I managed to untangle and cast a few more times before I got tangled up again. To fix that I quickly trimmed the tag and that made a much smoother transition point. Another small concern was that it is a direct and fixed connection between leader and fly line (not loop to loop) so the ability to change leaders was a little bit of a hassle. When I finally needed to get a new leader I cut the originally attached leader short, tied in a loop connection knot and then used the factory tied loop connection knot on my tapered leader. Both of those were minor concerns, but something that I felt was important to be prepared for with the full kit. Those are the pros and cons that I feel are important about the Gecko. \u00a0I can promise you that there will be many species of fish caught with the Echo Gecko during this year (and future years). \u00a0I can\u2019t wait to see what adventure this rod becomes involved with! If you\u2019re in the market for something fun for yourself or your kids - take a look at the Echo Gecko! Seriously, I think you\u2019ll be surprised by how much fun you have!