"It is quite possibly one of the best 6wts on the market, glass, graph, or grass."

November 19, 2013 1 min read

From our buddy Zeb Tonkavich at Snowman Custom Rod Works, via the Fiberglass Manifesto.

"I will only touch on this for a second because everyone keeps hearing how phenomenal the 686 is. This is a phenomenal blank. The beauty is in the fact that the rod can lay out ten feet of line with the delicacy of a full flex cane, but when called upon fire 95' of line into a stiff breeze. It does all of this with a great deal of feel and composure that most rods will never achieve. It is quite possibly one of the best 6wts on the mark glass, graph, or grass."

The full article, build notes and review are up on The Fiberglass Manifesto - Go visit

BUILD STATS:
Blank: Swift Fly Fishing Epic 686 Salsa
ERN: 6.8
AA: 68°
Finished Weight: 3.72 Ounces
Reel to Balance: Mid 5 Ounces
Line Best Suited: Mid Long Belly AFTMA #6
Reel Seat: Lemke LC-10
Winding Check: Goldem Witch Broad/High Polish
Stripping Guide: Lowrider Agate Arch Frame 12mm
Snakes & Tip: Snake Brand Universal
Silks: YLI Orange/Pearsall Cardinal and Straw

 

 


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in The Drift - Fly Fishing, Fly Casting and Fly Rod Building

Fly Fishing Flies
The Hang Of It - Fly Fishing. Why an Emerger will out fish your dry fly any day

May 20, 2020 3 min read

Fly Fishing Emergers. A semi-sunk fly projects more visible stimulus than a high and dry pattern, so it makes a lot of sense to use a design that penetrates the surface film as a ‘searching pattern’, rather than the high-riding flies usually recommended for this job like the Royal Wulff, Humpy or Elk Hair Caddis. For me, the old dry hackle jobs have been moved well down the bench, even for fast broken water.

Read More
Fly Fishing Rods JJ Cale
5 Fly Fishing Lockdown Projects

May 07, 2020 3 min read

A bunch fo cool Fly Fishing related things you can do during lockdown
Read More
Fly Fishing Fly Rod ratings and Fly Lines
Fly Fishing: Fly Rod Ratings, Fly Line Weights and the Arms Race

February 18, 2020 7 min read

At best the term “5 weight’ is used to describe the weight of fly line a given fly rod designer reckons you should be casting on their rod. But with line measurement effectively out the window, things are really starting to go pear shaped here....
Read More

Join Us