6wt - 686 FastGlass® Fly Rod Kit

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  • The Epic 686 - The ultimate 6wt fiberglass fly rod in a kit.

    The very best components available, all designed to fit together seamlessly. No Reaming, No Drilling, No Sanding - All Epic.

    The Epic 686 is the most popular 6 weight glass blank on the market. A total ass-kicker, 686 presents beautifully but packs a bad attitude. This blank totally changed what is possible with modern glass, it is longer, meaner and stronger than any of it's contemporaries. Perfect for tossing big flies, big fish and light saltwater work. Hang on, you're in for a wild ride.

    Our Epic™ 686 is crafted from 8 micron FastGlass II. A Unidirectional S-3 Glass, this material is stiffer and stronger than e-glass or standard s-glass. The 686 is as strong as an ox, super smooth and extremely versatile.

    No reaming, no drilling, no sanding. Too Easy.
    Building a great custom fly rod is no mean feat, selecting the correct matching components can be an intimidating exercise alone. Then there’s those wraps, the cork and glue...

    Our Epic Ready to Wrap Rod Kit makes life easy - we’ve done much of the hard work for you. The kit contains all the components, glues, rod finish and instructions you’ll need to build your own unique custom Epic fly rod.

    The components in our Epic Ready to Wrap Rod Kit have all been specifically designed to work together. Each cork grip is ported to receive our Epic reel seats perfectly. Easily assembled step by step.

    FastGlass II
    The Epic™ 686 is produced from industry leading Zentron 8 micron Unidirectional S-2 Glass. This next generationfiber is specifically engineered for fly rod production and features 8 micronfibers developed and produced in the USA. These fibres are almost half the diameter of other unidirectional materials, resulting in a tighter, more precise and stronger material. 

    SnakeBelly
    Not sanded and not unsanded. Our SnakeBelly™ finish is produced by a unique radial production process. SnakeBelly™ delivers the toughest exterior finish possible. After production, blanks are first painted and then clear coated. This two step process produces blanks that are incredibly scratch resistant and very durable.

    Sure Fit Ferule
    Break a tip? we've got you covered  This ferule system is so precise that parts interchange between models. Gone are the days of having to return a broken section to the manufacturer or outlet where you purchased from. Breakages can be addressed by simply sending out the replacement part.

    Recommended line weight: AFTMA #6 

    Length: 8'6"
    Pieces: 4

    Building a great custom fly rod is no mean feat, selecting the correct matching components can be an intimidating exercise alone. Then there’s those wraps, the cork and glue..

    Our Epic Ready to Wrap Rod Kit makes life easy. The kit contains all the components, glues, rod finish and instructions you’ll need to build your own unique custom Epic fly rod.

    The components in our Epic Ready to Wrap Rod Kit have all been specifically designed to work together. *Example rod builds pictured only

    Each Kit contains:

    • Epic 686 Blank 4pce
    • Epic translucent fibreglass fly rod tube 
    • Premium hand sewn rod sock
    • Your choice of finest quality Portuguese cork grip *configurable
    • Epic reel seat in either black or Titanium finish
    • Optional fighting butt
    • Guide set (Snake brand Universal guides USA)
    • Classic Hard Chrome stripper guide
    • Glue kit (preloaded syringes, grip & tip epoxy, brushes, mixing cups & full instructions)
    • China-graph marking pencil
    • Rod stands
    • Comprehensive 42 page build book with step by step instructions
    • Japanese Silk threads. Each kit includes natural 212 silk (we include instructions on how to use this to make perfectly clear ghost wraps) and black thread for trims. 
  • Specifications

    Recommended line weight: AFTMA #6
    Length: 8'6"
    Pieces: 4 
    Total length: 2,580mm
    ERN: (Unwrapped): 6.4
    ELN: 6
    Optimal Grain Window: 140 - 175 Grains
    Effective Line Range: AFTMA 5 / 6 / 7
    Action:Progressive / Mid Flex / Medium Fast
    Taper: Fast
    AA: (Action Angle): 68° (Fast)
    Blank Weight: 65g


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      11/30/2017
      Anonymous
      United States

      Great Rods with Great Components!

      Earlier this year I completed a 580 Ready to Wrap kit. The resultant rod is my favorite 5wt rod in my arsenal (at least that isn't bamboo - I have a Sweetgrass pent that I love even more!). I recently purchased a 686 Ready to Wrap kit and have completed wrapping that rod. It is beautiful and I am anxious to use it this winter. I intend to place one more order to Swift Fly-fishing for a 888 Ready to Wrap kit for use with steelhead and salt water. I LOVE the fiberglass Epic rods and the components they include in their Ready to Wrap kits. Good job guys!!!

      DL
      07/10/2017
      Daniel L.
      Sweden

      Magical

      The 686 deserves all the hype you see from people..been chucking streamers with this rod together with galloups "streamer max" 200 grain line. Stupid smooth!

      JA
      03/11/2019
      Jan A.
      Netherlands

      686 ready to wrap

      I bought the 686 ready to wrap kit, after reading the reviews and the many information on the site. This set meets all my expectations. Everything is clearly described step by step in the book. Today I tested the rod for the first time, it felt great not too fast and not too slow just perfect for me. I had been looking for this for a long time.

      Jan A. verified customer review of 686 Ready to Wrap Kit
      BW
      03/01/2019
      Braeden W.
      United States

      The most fun you can have with your pants on

      Building this rod was so easy, even I could do it. I bought some metallic trim and used the included thread and it came out better than any other "factory" rod that I own. I think the 690c will be next as a gift for my girlfriend. Absolutely worth your time especially with the cost savings involved with building your own.

      CH
      09/24/2018
      Colin H.
      Australia

      6wt - 686 FastGlass® Fly Rod Kit

      I have been impressed with the quality and professionalism of Swiftflyfishing and with the quality of the rod kit I purchased. The components included in the kit are exactly as described and I'm looking forward to a break from working so I can get this rod wrapped and into action. My anticipation has been elevated having held and swung the blank. Just need clients to leave me alone.

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