The world's smartest fly rod
Advanced, High Performance Fly
The Epic 590 C is a custom tuned, advanced, lightweight, and highly responsive fly rod designed for technical dry fly, emerger and nymph fishing for trout of all sizes.
Studio Built. Handcrafted, One at a Time. Really.
Choose the options you'd like on your Epic fly rod and we'll build it for you with tender loving care right here in our Wanaka Studio. Each Studio built fly rod is handcrafted specifically for you from start to finish and each is identified by a unique laser engraved winding check registered against your name in our owners database. Allow two to three weeks for your build - we'll be in touch with details.
As Good as it Gets.
Generation two nano-technology. Epic C series are a state of the art fly rod blank. The most sophisticated composite materials and production processes are used in their construction. Proprietary nano-resins, full Helical construction, multi modulus, and unidirectional carbon fibre - We believe this is the most sophisticated fly rod blank available.
When purchasing one of our advanced carbon fibre rods you can be confident that you are investing in premium engineering, componentry and craftsmanship.
The Epic Action.
The lockup point develops in the top third of the blank, and although recovery rates are fast (faster than the Scott Radian for example) the Epic C series would best be described as Medium Fast in action. Epic C Series are light without sacrificing strength (our blank is lighter, yet has a thicker wall section than the equivalent Sage One, and that's because these blanks have the lowest resin counts in the industry)
Ground Ferrule System.
In addition to the industry leading technology used in each of our blanks, Epic carbon fibre fly rod blanks feature our proprietary ground ferrule system. Each male ferrule is hand ground to perfectly fit the female section of the blank. Female sections are all internally reinforced.
Benefits of our ground ferrule system:
- A secure positive fit eliminates knocks
- Smoother energy transfer
- Eliminates flat spots
- Non slip - reduces twisting due to torque
- Internally reinforced ferrules - eliminates ferrule fracture
- Durable & scratch resistant
- Gets better with use
- Precise fit, sections are interchangeable, in the case of tip breakages replacement sections can be sent out immediately. No need to return the blank for a fit.
The 590 C blank weighs an astoundingly light 36 grams (1.2oz) 10% lighter than our previous model and lighter than equivalent blanks by Scott or Sage.
Our use of Silica nano-resin makes for a very tough, lightweight and extremely responsive blank.
Each hand crafted fly rod boasts the very finest components available:
- Titanium stripping guide with Japanese Silicon Carbide insert.
- Flor grade quality Portuguese cork grip in your choice of style.
- Japanese silk wraps.
- Genuine Snake Brand Guides in black nickel (USA)
- CNC Bar stock Alloy reel seat that will last a lifetime
- Our hand ferruled "Katana" rod tube
- the most sophisticated fly rod blank made
At the heart of each of these fly rods is the most sophisticated fly rod blank made.
- Multi-modulus - Multiple types of carbon are used in each blank.
- Helical core - Scrimless construction.
- Unidirectional Carbon Fibre (non woven) - up to 40% stronger than traditional woven material commonly used by fly rod manufacturers.
- Unique internally reinforced ferrule system
- Silica-nano resin. Super Low Resin Systems - The lowest resin counts in the industry. Utilising materials with resin content up to 30% less than conventional materials, Epic C series blanks are lighter and stronger.
Taper: Medium / Fast
Action: Medium Fast / Mid Flex
Lockup point: Top third
Resonant Frequency: 3.3 Hz
Material: 57msi Carbon Blend
Core: 100% Carbon Helix Core
Recommended line weight: AFTMA #5
Weight: 90g / 3.1oz
Action Angle: 70 degrees
Optimal Grain Window: 130 - 155 Grains
100% Carbon Construction.
The carbon helix core boasts true 100% carbon construction. These blanks contain no scrim.
100% Uni-directional material - Non Woven.
Super light-weight construction and superior strength. Non woven Uni-directional material is up to 40% stronger than traditional woven material commonly used by fly rod manufacturers. A non woven fiber can achieve 100% of its tensile and compressive loading. Unidirectional material affords super light weight construction and superior strength.
100% Carbon Helix Core
A 100% helical core forms the basis for hoop strength and fibre support in the zero/longitudinal axis and does away with traditional scrim based construction.
Silica-nano technology. Super Low Resin Systems.
Utilising materials with resin content up to 30% less than conventional materials, Epic C series blanks are lighter and stronger. Low resin materials help increase bending limits & overall response.
Multi Carbon Construction (Multi modulus).
Using only the highest quality fabrics from USA, Japan and Korea, up to five different types of carbon are used in each blank. Each type is placed at various parts of the blank to optimize strength and weight. Ultra high modulus fibre boasts the highest tensile and compressive strength of any fibre in its class.
Internal High Strength Ferrule.
A high strength internal ferrule is placed at each join to provide superior crush and split resistance.
Target Zero Fibre Alignment.
Fibre alignment along the length of any blank is critical. Even the smallest deviation in fibre alignment from the axis of load will greatly reduce the strength of the blank.
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Epic in every sense
I've cast a lot of different rods over the years and my first encounter with the Epic 590C caught me by surprise - this rod is truly outstanding. I've paired it with a Barrio GT90 line and can't wait to take it fishing. Keep up the good work Carl and the team at Epic.
An Absolute Masterpiece!
Being a Wanaka local and fly fishing guide, I couldn't wait to try a locally made fly rod, even though I didn't know what to expect. I then got my hands on the 590c to test out earlier in the year and quickly fell in love! This rod is what dreams are made of. Silky smooth, freakishly light and incredibly accurate. From presenting delicate dry flies to throwing big streamers into aggressive browns, this rod does it all. The ability to load short casts in tight spaces is priceless, especially when you have no room to swing a cat. All the technical features are ones thing, but you cant go past the fact that its just so damn sexy! Jet black blank and mine paired with a metallic red reel seat, I get goosebumps every time I unscrew the tube and gently slide it out from its silky sleeve. Who would have thought you could get this sensation from a "fly rod" which are now too often mass produced and soulless. So yes, it is the best rod I've ever casted, and yes you should get one, even if its only just to give you the motivation to get it out and cast, regardless of the proximity of water. You will be better for it. Matt Butler - Traveltruly.com
"the 590 C is the quintessential example of what a fly rod should do"
From the moment of undressing from the stylish black rod tube it is clear that there have been many hours of thought, research and downright passion that have gone into the making of this state of the art modern fly rod - from the high grade Portuguese cork handle, black alloy bar stock reel seat, black nickel guides, Japanese silk wraps all on a black unidirectional carbon fly rod blank. It clearly appears thinner and much lighter than other rods. Put simply it oozes slick In the past 30 years we have all witnessed the quest for a faster and faster rod action. As a guide I have seen far too many bust offs on sets and fights. However, some manufacturers really didn't get caught up in all of that testosterone, macho, greatest distance caster hype. Epic is such a rod maker and the 590 C is the quintessential example of what a fly rod should do. Its medium fast action allows for extremely long casts while being equally at home with the finest and shortest of presentations. Its recovery speeds are surprisingly incredibly fast and yet the rod performs with a classic silky smoothness and finesse rarely experienced. I have to admit for me it was love at first cast. I didn't want to put it down! At all distances its performance was exemplary. ~ Ian Cole. IFFF Casting Instructor. NZPFFGA Accredited Guide
Truly the best 5 weight I've cast to date.
Excellent - totally exceeded expectations.
Wasn't certain what I could expect having not cast this particular rod before placing my order, but having fished it for almost two months I can give the Epic 590 my unreserved and enthusiastic approval. Being a Sage man myself I purchased this without huge expectations, however, the build quality, cork and components are indeed superior to any Sage I own or have seen (too many according to my dear wife) This is a beautiful, & very smooth casting fly rod, very impressed, thank you. PJ. Montana, USA
- THE EPIC PROMISE -
We guarantee everything we make.
If one of our products fails to meet your expectations either at the time you receive it, or over the next 30 days, contact us and we'll arrange a total refund and return at our cost, anywhere in the world.
The Epic Lifetime Warranty.
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