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Elkhorn ET602-3


Score 3.63


6', 3-Piece, MSRP $169.00, AA  66, ERN  2.97



Elkhorn ET602-3 (6' 3pc) Paul Jeremy Jim Joe Composite Score
1.)  Rod Tube, Sock and Presentation 3 4 4 4 3.75
2.)  Grip and Reel Seat 4 4 4 4 4
3.)  Hook Keeper, Label and Rod Markings 3 4 3 4 3.5
4.)  Guides, Ferrules and Tip-Top 3 4 4 3 3.5
5.)  Short Distance Casting 4 4 4 4 4
6.)  Medium and Long Distance Casting 3 4 3 3 3.25
7.)  Roll Casting 3 4 3 3 3.25
8.)  Accuracy and Delicacy of Fly Delivery 4 4 4 4 4
9.)  Fish Handling 3 4 3 3 3.25
10.)  Reviewer's Prerogative 4 4 4 3 3.75
Composite Score 3.40 4.00 3.60 3.50 3.63


Jim Stuard's Comments:  These Elkhorn rods are beautifully finished. The clear red wraps on the charcoal blanks makes for a handsome looking rod. The reel seat hardware on this companies rods is generally better too. I liked every one of their grip and reel seat combos. As the shorter rods go, so does your distance. This one was great in close. It felt good with a fish on. I dinged it for not having alignment dots but itís not a deal breaker. This is a very small-water rod and shows in itís inability to cast farther than around 30-40 feet.


Joe Cornwall's Comments:  In my rod notes I wrote; "This is a scalpel.  I  can precisely cut the water into very fine targets and present to them with lovely precision."  In close this rod really showed some elegance.  The appearance is rich, the appointments are quality.  At 6' this fly rod borders on a utility length, but it's still designed for intimate waters.  I felt that beyond 25 to 30-feet I was working very hard to control the cast.  The rod certainly had the horsepower, but not the length.  This rod has a tip-oriented tendency and will fit the compact casting stroke exhibited by those who prefer a faster action in a fly rod. Balance was good with the BP, avoid more than 3-ounces empty weight and you'll have a fine outfit.  I found roll casting to be good, but not great and there's no surprise in that with a short fly rod.  Fish feel was superb.  In all,- this could be the foundation of a very fine, and very refined, small-water outfit.


Jeremy Kurtz's Comments: This is a neat little rod. It's quick, and accurate. It casts well in close, yet you can push this rod, and with a double haul you can get some surprising distance for a 6-foot stick. It has a bit of backbone too, so larger fish shouldn't be much of an issue. Smaller fish still get to show off thanks to the blank's sensitivity. The Traveler 602-3 is a three-piece, so you can throw it in your luggage and go.  The rod, just like the other Elkhorn rods, has very good workmanship and appointments for this price range. The guides are standard chrome snakes, and the red wraps and the wrap finish are well done.  The cork is Super grade, and the reel seat is a very classy aluminum up-locking with a titanium finish.  The seat also sports a nice cork insert. Elkhorn continues to impress me at this price point.


Paul Feldman's Comments: This rod has a high quality cork grip and beautiful reel seat with cork spacer, which is what I like on a 2 weight. Workmanship on this rod was very nice which gave it the look and feel of quality.  This was a faster action rod than many of the other rods I had tested and it threw a very tight loop. Close in casting was very pleasant and accurate, and the longer-range capability was quite good for a 6 foot rod. You could actually roll cast with this rod.


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