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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    Anonymous verified customer review of 6wt - 686 FastGlass® Fly Rod Kit
    05/30/2019

    Amazing Quality product

    The Folks at Epic really have their stuff figured out! I have built a few of their rods now and each time I am incredible please with the performance of their products. The ready to wrap kit is an excellent way for people to enter the world or rod building. Each step is spelled out and easy to follow and when finished you can say you built one of the worlds best fly rods!

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    Anonymous
    United States
    Dave N. verified customer review of 6wt - 686 FastGlass® Fly Rod Kit
    05/17/2019

    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!

    DN
    Dave N.
    New Zealand
    Alexander H. verified customer review of 6wt - 686 FastGlass® Fly Rod KitAlexander H. verified customer review of 6wt - 686 FastGlass® Fly Rod KitAlexander H. verified customer review of 6wt - 686 FastGlass® Fly Rod Kit
    04/13/2019

    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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    Alexander H.
    United States
    Mark C. verified customer review of 6wt - 686 FastGlass® Fly Rod KitMark C. verified customer review of 6wt - 686 FastGlass® Fly Rod KitMark C. verified customer review of 6wt - 686 FastGlass® Fly Rod Kit
    04/04/2019

    Absolutely Epic Fly Rod

    First of all I have fly fished for about 35 years and I have a “sickness” when it comes to fly rods. Started with a fiberglass Fenwick and then “moved up” to graphite rods and fished them for 25 years(Winston, LL Bean, Echo, TFO and most everything else). I went back to glass about 5 years ago and don’t know why I ever left!! I love the way glass casts and responds, the feel of a trout or salmon playing. This rod is absolutely amazing!! I lined it with Rio 6# DT Light line and it casts amazing. I always laugh when I see people at fly fishing expos trying fly rods and the first thing everyone does is see how far they can cast. If you’re a decent caster you should be able to load most any fly rod enough to cast much further than you need to catch fish. What I always want to see is how close I can cast and still load the rod to have a good presentation. While this rod will throw the line pretty much to the backing it is excellent at accurately and delicately landing your line at 10 feet and not having your line in a heap or slapping the water wildly. This fly rod is truly Epic! As far as the build, I build 3 or 4 rods every winter as I enjoy building them. This was my first Epic rod and it was a great build. I must say the instruction book Swift has put together is one of the best books on building a fly rod I have ever seen. I highly recommend this rod to anyone who wants a high end top notch fiberglass flyrod! I know I will be building more of these!

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    Mark C.
    United States
    Jan A. verified customer review of 6wt - 686 FastGlass® Fly Rod Kit
    03/11/2019

    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.

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    Jan A.
    Netherlands
  • 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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