A rod that has been causing a real stir and gaining a loyal (and slightly fanatical) following is the 888.
Our mighty 888 was designed specifically for chasing Bonefish and Redfish but is just at home wrangling large freshwater species like Carp, Pike and monster Muskie too.
Given there’s not a flat where the wind doesn’t blow we’ve given the 888 an extra powerful butt section, strong tip and fast recovery rate to help punch a line out into those skinny water breezes.
The easy casting soul and incredible strength of S2 FastGlass™
Our S2 FastGlass has a couple of quite major advantages over Carbon Fibre (graphite) particularly when it comes to Saltwater fly rods. Epic glass is extremely tough, much much tougher than carbon fibre, this means that:
1. Our FastGlass rods are very difficult to break. While carbon fibre is well known for experiencing "catastrophic failure" i'e exploding - our glass rods simply do not do this on very large loads.
Now, we're not saying that our rods are impossible to break - but under normal fishing conditions and employing reasonable technique breakages are extremely rare.
2. FastGlass is extremely impact resistant. So what? Impacts from weighted flies cause minimal structural damage to our rods. However, Clouser your carbon rod and the end result is quite a different story: On a carbon Fibre (graphite) fly rod an impact from a heavily weighted fly will result in a tiny stress fracture, that small fracture will inevitably lead to irreparable damage and most likely breakage. I.e "clouser'ing" a graphite fly rod usually ends in tears.
S2 FastGlass™ - not your papa’s fiberglass fly rod.
Epic™ blanks are made to exacting standards using a proprietary Unidirectional S2-glass composite. Unlike other fiberglass fly rods, this material features a fully unidirectional fibre layup which aligns fibres longitudinally along the blank where they are most needed. This recipe, rolled to our Epic tapers combines silky smooth casting with trophy pulling power that we call FastGlass™. The result is an incredibly strong, light and powerful fly rod with a crisp, precise response.
The Best, and nothing but the best.
While every other rod manufacturer is busy thinking how they can reduce costs on components and construction, at Swift we're focused on how we can make a better fly rod for you, because our standard is others Premium.
The finest Japanese silk wraps, premium quality guides from Snake brand USA, and the very
finest cork sourced directly from Portugal to ensure quality. Take a good look at our cork, it's unmatched.
All our rods feature internally reinforced ferrules, our alloy reel seats are just about bomb proof
and our rod tube should be military issue.
Our rod bags are hand sewn each evening by the lovely Hayley.
These are just a few of the things we’ve incorporated into our designs to ensure you are fishing
the highest quality fly rod that will last a lifetime. And all backed by our Epic Promise.
April Vokey wrangling a 48 inch Taimen on a recent trip to Mongolia. The fish was landed on a limited edition Epic 888 FastGlass fly rod, part of a series produced for Fish Simply to help with Golden Dorado Conservation. Picture taken by @andrew_bur
Redfish photography courtesy of the very talented Jeremy Clark - Give Jeremy a follow on Instagram for more Epic pics jerms1977
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Which weighs more, a floating fly line or a sinking line? It may surprise you to know that they both weigh the same - at 30 feet anyway. Or at least they should.
For example, under the AFFTA system for rating fly lines a 5 weight fly line is a 5wt regardless of whether it is a floater, a sinking fly line or an intermediate.