On Sunday I took 2 clients rock fishing for salmon tailor and bream.I decided to take the Epic 580 just to put it to the test.An 8ft 5wt rod off the rocks with these species a big ask.
I hooked a large bream (see attached photo) that did it's best to bust me off under a rock shelf,I Was absolutely amazed at how much pressure I could put on him with such a lightweight rod.
We caught all 3 species and I have to say your rod performed way beyond my expectations. It is a pleasure to cast and fish with, thanks for producing such a great rod.
I am using an Epic 580 rod it is now my rod of choice for flaties, bream, & whiting and I will be trying it out on the bass this summer. I am going to Jindy in November and I can't wait to try it out on Trout. I have also cast the 4 and 6 wt versions the 6 is a cannon.
The other thing I like about the Epic range is they are almost unbreakable and when you are letting lots of different people use your rods that becomes a major factor for me.
As you know I love my Z Axis but I now find myself picking up the epic each time I go for a cast or a fish.
I have tried casting a number of Rods with the same line on each and the Epic consistently out casts all of them, which is amazing given that the Epic is shorter.
The Epic loads smoothly and has heaps of grunt, it is a fantastic fishing tool. I am in the process of setting up a boat to chase some of the pelagic's up here and I intend fit it out with all Epic rods.I know if you get an Epic you will be more than happy with it.
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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.