8wt - 888 FastGlass® Fly Rod Kit

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  • The 888 Ready to Wrap Rod Kit.

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

    The mighty 888 was designed specifically for chasing Big Bonefish but is just at home wrangling large freshwater species too. Given there’s not a flat where the wind doesn’t blow we’ve given the 888 an extra powerful butt section, strong tip and fast recovery rate to help punch a line out into those skinny water breezes.

    The Epic 888 has gained cult status with Redfish, Pike, Musky and Golden Dorado anglers world wide. If you're chasing big toothy courtiers - this is the weapon of choice.

    Regarded by industry pro's and glass aficionados world wide as the best glass 8wt made, the Epic 888 presents beautifully but packs a bad ass attitude. Perfect for tossing big flies, swinging streamers and saltwater work. 

    The 888 is as strong as an ox, super smooth and extremely versatile.

    FastGlass® II
    The Epic™ 888 is produced using 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. 

    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.

    Extra Lucky
    In Chinese tradition, certain numbers are believed to be auspicious and possess special powers. The number 8 signifies prosperity and wealth and is viewed as such an auspicious number that a number with several eights is consideredvery lucky indeed. We think the 888 is extra lucky because, like us, it was made in New Zealand.

    Finished in new Electric Blue
    Each Kit contains:
    • Epic 888 Blank
    • Epic translucent fibreglass fly rod tube 
    • Premium hand sewn rod sock
    • Finest quality Portuguese cork grip, our wickedly good Full Wells / Ritz design
    • Fighting butt
    • Epic reel seat in either black or Titanium finish
    • Guide set (Snake brand Universal guides USA)
    • 2 x high quality Titanium Stripper guides
    • 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
    • Stickers / Decals
    • *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. These default threads can be substituted for other stock colours on request. View Stock Thread Colours
    Recommended grain window at 30ft: 202 - 218 GRAINS. 13 - 14 GRAMS
    Recommended AFFTA line weight:

    Length: 8' 8"
    Pieces: 4

  • Specifications

    Recommended grain window at 30ft: 202 - 218 GRAINS. 13 - 14 GRAMS
    Recommended AFFTA line weight:
    Length: 8' 8"
    Pieces: 4
    Action: Progressive / Fast
    Taper: Fast 
    Butt Diameter: 12.26mm
    Tip Diameter: 2.12mm
    Blank Weight: 89 gm - 3.1oz 

    Epic Fiberglass Fly Rod Blank
    9 weight 9 foot fiberglass fly rod blank
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      Eugene C.
      United States

      Outstanding Rod Kit

      The Epic 888 kit I purchased is simply the highest quality I've ever seen in a fiberglass rod. The blank is flawless and fit and finish of the sections and components is superb. I haven't finished building it yet but it will be the best fly rod I have by far, and I have quite a few. Also it was nice to get the kit in the mail within a week of ordering - that's rare as there's usually a lead time since most places don't have fiberglass blanks in stock. I've had such a good experience with Swift and this kit that I've already decided on my next build which will be the 686. After that the Bandit 10 weight and then the Boca Grande 12 weight. I wish Swift made a 1 or 2 weight glass blank - if they did I'd order it in a heartbeat.

      The Swift Fly Fishing Company

      Thank you so much Eugene!

      New Zealand

      Awesome as

      As always the rod building kit has everything you need to build your rod and has clear instructions how to do it! The Salsa blank is more orange than red in darker light but lights up to a truly epic flame orange in the sun. The action is great for big saltwater streamers and has heaps of grunt on Kingfish and Kahawai. Thanks Epic really enjoyed building my Epic 888 Salsa

      United States

      Awesome Customer Service

      I recently purchased the 8wt-888 FastGlass Fly rod kit. After receiving it in the mail. I noticed that it was missing a few key items. The fighting butt and the trim ring. So I have not been able to start my build yet. I emailed swift and told them my issue and right away they had a Fighting butt and trim ring in the mail. Mistakes happen and the people at Swift were very apologetic and genuine. Even though this happened I am still very excited to get building and fishing this rod. We are all human. And the people at Swift are good ones. Also the things that I did receive are top notch and very well made.

      Tyler M.
      United States

      Rounding out my collection

      I just got started on my 888 ready to wrap kit. As with my previous kits, this one is all top shelf. The components are superb, and the color of the blank is striking. As soon as I finish this, I'll be getting out on the water, and if the 888 is anything like my 686 or 480, I know I'm gonna love fishing it.

      Jakob D.

      What a rod....

      Probably the coolest blank color I've ever seen. Haven't fished the rod yet but I am pretty dam sure that it casts as nicely as the other rods. Just love it

      Jakob D. verified customer review of 8wt - 888 FastGlass® Fly Rod Kit
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