Every year my friend Christian & his lovely wife Tina travel from Germany to New Zealand to fish, last year when they returned home Christian took 3 Epic blanks with him to build up into rods for some of his New Zealand mates.
The chosen few were Bob Wyatt, Dan Isbister and I'm very happy to say, your's truly.
Christian is a man of many talents, one of those being his exquisitely crafted bamboo fly rods which can be seen on his website Splitting the Cane
Prior to him leaving after last season I mentioned that I'd quite fancy a stacked bamboo reel seat - only half joking...
Well here it is, the most exquisite thing I think I've ever seen.
Thank you Christian ;)
Blank: Epic 476 FastGlass
Guides: Snake Brand, black nickel
Stripper: Ti frame with gold Zirconium insert
Stacked Bamboo reel-seat.
Silk wraps with two turn black silk trims.
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Our SnakeBelly™ Satin finish is scratch and chip resistant making for an extremely tough and durable fly rod that is less prone to stress fractures caused by collisions with weighted flies.
Giving the Epic 590 a workout on Zorro Spring Creek in the Chilean Andes last January. I was consistently amazed at the way that rod performed in a variety of circumstances. I mentioned utility in my Instagram post and I meant it. The 590 Fly Rod basically ticks all the boxes for me as a trout rod. You guys ruined me.