Guide Spacings

Epic Fly Rod Guide Spacing Charts 

There are a few things you need to be aware of with regard to these fly rod guide spacings:

  1. These are suggested spacings based on what we believe works well on our blanks. If you have different ideas, great - go for it. 
  2. Our recommended guide sizes may seem small. We believe that (in this case anyway) smaller is better. Small light guides do a great job of preserving the crisp action of your Epic blank. (and they shoot better)
  3. And this is an important bit! You will find that on some models we’ve placed a guide close to a ferrule, sometimes this placement may seem either a little too close to the join or a little to high up the blank. Don't worry, here's why: Due to the nature of our hand crafted blanks there can be very small variances in the diameter at each ferrule. As a result, there is sometimes a slight difference in how far two sections slide into one another. This variance can put our guide spacing out at a join. The upshot of this is - if needed, shift ferrule guides to suit your blank & your wraps. Shifting a guide slightly will not effect the overall performance of your completed rod. These blanks are pretty damn forgiving!
  4. See those bold measurements in the charts? - they indicate guides that are placed near a ferrule.
  5. Should you wrap the ferrules? Yep, we think so. Structurally it's really not necessary. Our fit over sleeve design is internally reinforced, there is extra material rolled into each join. However, ferrule wraps look great and make a nice finish to your rod so we think you should.
Thanks for building on an Epic FastGlass blank, Good luck. Walk tall, look after the places you fish, and be Epic!
 

Fly Rod Blank Guide Spacings

 Glass Fibre Guide Spacings

Epic 476 & 376 (4 pce)

Tiptop

1st 

2nd 

3rd 

4th 

5th 

6th 

7th 

8th 

Stripper

Guide size

5

1/0

1/0

1/0

1/0

1

1

2

3

10 mm

Centimetres

 

9.8

21.9

35.9

51.8

69.5

89.5

111.8

136.2

162.6

Inches

 

3 14/16

8 10/16

14 2/16

20 6/16

27 6/16

35 4/16

44

53 10/16

64

 

Packlight

Tiptop

1st 

2nd 

3rd 

4th 

5th 

6th 

7th 

8th 

Stripper

Guide size

5

1/0

1/0

1/0

1/0

1

1

2

3

10 mm

Centimetres

 

11.2

24

39

55.8

74.2

93.8

115.3

138.3

163.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Epic 480 (4 pce)

Tiptop

1st 

2nd 

3rd 

4th 

5th 

6th 

7th 

8th 

Stripper

Guide size

5

1/0

1/0

1/0

1/0

1

1

2

3

10 mm

Centimetres

 

9.5

20.8

33.80

48.4

64

82.8

105.5

132

163.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Epic 580 (4 pce)

Tiptop

1st 

2nd 

3rd 

4th 

5th 

6th e

7th e

8th 

Stripper

Guide size

5

1/0

1/0

1/0

1

1

2

3

3

12 mm

Centimetres

 

9.5

20.8

33.8

48.4

64

82.8

105.5

132

163.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Epic 686 (4 pce)

Tiptop

1st 

2nd 

3rd 

4th 

5th 

6th 

7th 

8th 

9th 

Stripper

Guide size

5.0

1/0

1/0

1

1

2

2

2

3

4

12 mm

Centimetres

 

10.4

21.8

34.8

49.3

67.4

87

108.5

131.5

157.5

186.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Epic 888 (4 pce)

Tiptop

1st 

2nd 

3rd 

4th 

5th 

6th 

7th 

8th 

Stripper 2

Stripper 1

Guide size

5.5 Lg

1

1

2

2

2

3

3

4

12 mm

16 mm

Centimetres

 

11.5

24.4

38.3

53.2

68.8

86.4

108.3

 133.6

 162

198

 

Epic 990 (4 pce)

Tiptop

1st 

2nd 

3rd 

4th 

5th 

6th 

7th 

8th 

Stripper 2

Stripper 1

Guide size

5.5 Lg

1

2

2

2

3

3

4

4

14 mm

16 mm

Centimetres

 

9

20.4

33.5

50

70.6

90.2

114.5

138.4

166

203

 

Bandit

Tiptop

1st 

2nd 

3rd 

4th 

5th 

6th 

Stripper 2

Stripper 1

Guide size

6 Lg

2

2

3

3

3

4

12mm

16mm

Centimetres

 

10.2

23

38.6

56.8

77.9

101.8

128.3

157.5

Inches

 

4

9 1/16

15 3/16

22 6/16

30 11/16

40 1/16

50 8/16

62

 

DH11 Tiptop 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Guide Size 7.5 Lg 3 3 3 4 4 4 5 5 12mm 16mm
Centimeters 11.0 25.0 42.3 63.5 87.5 115.4 145.0 175.5 213.5 260.3

 

590 C 

Tiptop

1st 

2nd 

3rd 

4th 

5th 

6th 

7th 

8th 

9th

Stripper

Guide size

4

1/0

1/0

1/0

1/0

1

1

2

3

4

12 mm

Centimetres

 

11

23.1

37.3

53.5

71.3

92

115.4

 138.9

 165.9

1933

 

690 C 

Tiptop

1st 

2nd 

3rd 

4th 

5th 

6th 

7th 

8th 

9th

Stripper

Guide size

4

1/0

1/0

1/0

1/0

1

1

2

3

4

12 mm

Centimetres

 

11

23.1

37.3

53.5

71.3

92

115.4

 138.9

 165.9

1933