Start up inertia. Virtually none. This is my way of saying that the drag on my Echo ION fly reels has been unequivocally smooth. Start-up inertia is what can happen when a fish first takes off on a run and the reel drag has that fraction of a second to decide whether or not to grab the spool or to just let it start spinning off. Click-and-Pawl drag mechanisms are very dependable and do not require a big jerk to set the spool in motion. The drag mechanisms of various high tech reels also tend to be very smooth on start up. Cork drag mechanism can be touchy especially when the drag is tightened down, and sometimes require a big pull to get the spool unwinding. No so with an Echo ION. The drag on the ION starts off smooth and I have not ever had a sticky start-up in a year of fishing all sizes of IONs under harsh conditions.
Rajeff Sports will warranty all ECHO fly reels for a period of 12 months from date of purchase. This covers any failure due to faulty materials or workmanship, providing it has been given reasonable care and use. This warranty does not cover normal wear and tear, loss, accidental damage or damage due to misuse or continued exposure to saltwater.
Spool tolerances. Good. Not as fine a fit as you will see on multi-hundred-buck fly reels, but good enough for me. On occasion, I have had my fly or shooting line slip through the reel frame and scare me half to death. This required me to remove the reel spool, re-seat the line where it is supposed to be, and replace the spool. I have had this happen to me while fishing seven-hundred buck fly reels about as often as when fishing Echo ION fly reels; while this always makes me mutter, the hazard seems about the same fishing IONS than with many of the more expensive fly reels on the market, and line handling is something we all need to pay attention to.
ION Fly reel sizes (new options): The 7/9 and the 2/3 join the existing series of solid performance-value Echo fly reels.