Tim Rajeff, (brother of world fly casting champion and head rod designer at G. Loomis) is the president and CEO of Rajeff Sports (parent company of ECHO). He is a world class caster and fisherman in his own right, just not quite as good a caster as big brother Steve, but very close to Steve. Tim is very involved in the design and testing of ECHO rods. As a result, ECHO rods are among the true bargains in the rod world. Granted, they are made in Asia and don't have the best quality cork or reel seats, but if you want a good solid, casting, and performing rod that will be fine for all but the most discriminating anglers or the advanced casters, they are an excellent choice.
The ECHO 2-handers are also among the best casting bargains in the 2-handed rod world. Some of the them were designed to fit what Dec Hogan (a well-known PNW steelheader) likes in a 2-handed rod, and other were designed to fit what Tim (and a few others) like in a rod. They are of the mid-flex or somewhere between mid and full-flex, moderately stiff tip, progressive action.