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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    QB
    10/10/2019
    Quinn B.
    United States United States

    Gr8 686

    Another great rod-building project with Epic. Wonderful rod. Casts beautifully

    TT
    10/08/2019
    Tom T.
    United States United States

    Fantastic fly rods

    Excellent product and outstanding customer service!

    CL
    10/06/2019
    clif l.
    United States United States

    686

    Fantastic rod and components!

    CM
    09/26/2019
    Christopher M.
    United States United States

    Power and Finesse

    This is my 2nd Epic build, and everything was top quality again. The epoxy in this kit had a longer working time, so the build was a bit less stressful than the first. The 686 casts and fishes like a beast. It's got enough power to easily throw double nymph rigs and larger streamers with sink tip lines, but can also cast smaller dry flies across the river with finesse. It roll casts and handles wind very well, too. I haven't hooked anything huge yet, but the rod bullies fish up to 16 inches and is great fun to play anything larger. I was happily surprised by the big difference between the 580 and 686. The 686 retains quite a bit of the 580's sensitivity while adding a lot more power. The knowledge and care put into every product at Swift is just amazing.

    Christopher M. verified customer review of 6wt - 686 FastGlass® Fly Rod Kit
    EW
    08/30/2019
    Eric W.
    United States United States

    A very nice rod kit!

    I thoroughly enjoyed building my 686 Fastglass rod! Everything in the kit worked great. The cork felt a bit bulky, but I'm sure it'll wear in with use.

    Eric W. verified customer review of 6wt - 686 FastGlass® Fly Rod Kit
  • THE MOST THOROUGH AND COMPLETE FLY ROD BUILDING KITS ON THE MARKET.

    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

    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.


    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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