6wt - 686 FastGlass® Fly Rod Kit

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

    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.

    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.

    Recommended line weight: AFTMA #6 

    Length: 8'6"
    Pieces: 4

    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. 

    Got questions? - Drop us a line, we'd love to hear from you.

  • 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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    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!!!

    Daniel L.


    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!

    Dave N.
    New Zealand

    686 build kit

    Successfully completed the build! It was the first rod I’d ever created and the materials/instructions/online video enabled me to do what I think is a great job! My only suggestion is to include a bobbin option to select for those of us who don’t own fly tying gear. Had to improvise for the wrapping stage. Great service and advice! Thanks!

    Dave N. verified customer review of 686 Ready to Wrap Kit
    Armando Z.
    United States

    686 Fastglass Fly Rod Kit

    The ordering process was simple and easy to use! I received my kit promptly, any question I had was answered right away! Can’t wait to land my first trout with the rod next month! I highly recommend Swift/epic flyrods!

    Alexander H.
    United States

    Beautiful Rod Blank

    I got the 686 ready to wrap kit. There were plenty of materials to mess up a few wraps (this was my first rod build) and still have leftover once you are done. The book that is included is great, directions are clear and they don’t forget any of the steps. This is also a pretty fast process. Wrap your guides at night after work, and then do your epoxy coats at lunch or right after work and the process took me one week to finish. I also didn’t have a rod drying motor, and turning by hand worked out fine. If you do this, you just have to be close to your rod for a few hours after applying each epoxy coat.

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    Each Epic Ready To Wrap Kit contains everything you need to make a great fly rod. The very best fly rod building components available, all designed to fit together seamlessly. No Reaming, No Drilling, No Sanding - all Epic.

    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. 

    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

    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.

    Benefits of our Sure Fit 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.
    Got questions? - Drop us a line, we'd love to hear from you.

"This is my 4th Epic build and things worked out great! I expect this rod will tame a few mako sharks this Summer. "

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