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. 

    SnakeBelly
    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:
     #8

    Length: 8' 8"
    Pieces: 4

  • Specifications

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


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    • Customer Reviews

      4.9 Based on 29 Reviews
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      11/20/2019
      Søren T.
      Denmark Denmark

      Epic 888

      Having wanted to try big fly glass rods for some time, I chose the 888 kit after having corresponded with Cameron Mortenson and Epic. There were thoughts of other makes and models during the process. But the Epic ethos and correspondence tipped the scales in their favour. In spite of the fact that Denmark is almost exactly the antipode of the South Island, delivery went smooth, and I found my way around the contents of the box fairly easily. One thing that struck me was the quality of the components. Blank, cork, reel seat, guides and building accessories were all great and easy to work with. The build was uncomplicated and soon I was testing reels for balance. The winner was an old Abel Super #10 equipped with a #8 Rio Pike/Musky line. All I had left to do was to whip a few pike flies, and I was ready to go. That's when everything went from interesting to enchanting. I knew that fiberglass could muster deep and smooth power while maintaining presentation properties, which I have profited from when hunting carp with a 7'6'' #4. The 888 was very different than my carbon pike rods, and I enjoyed how precise and graceful it was while still packing a punch when called upon. The casting strokes soon found a life of their own, proving to be more deeply felt and a little less "Duracell Bunny" compared to many carbon rods, which was very much to my liking. Once I was through the mental transition, the 888 could produce good line speed while maintaining line feel to spare. The latter also made it easy to apply a fitting amount of power and speed needed for a given casting situation. And when it came to playing fish, carbon was completely outgunned. The shock absorbtion and bend of the top part combined with the raw power of the bottom part was second to none. The fish came in fast without exessive and potentially harmful drama and went back strong, which in fact made it a superb predator C&R tool. Using a short headed 300 grains line and big, water absorbing, flies with air resistance, called upon some power reserves which the 888 found easily. The taper distributed power very smoothly, making the rod feel unstrained, and it was uncomplicated to adapt the wrist to dampening any potential wobble when the heavy package was sent off. There are more things that could be added here, but let me just say this: Many of the aspects of predator fly fishing that carbon has left me missing have now been found, and I would not hesitate to recommend this rod. Carl and the Epic team is doing a great job. Thanks.

      JS
      10/16/2019
      Joel S.
      United States United States

      888 build

      Excellent product. Finally got out to use it and it worked wonders presenting to and catching redfish

      JD
      08/15/2019
      James D.
      United States United States

      Jim Downs’ review of Fastglass 888

      I haven’t used the rod since it’s a present for my son. However the build went great and the kit was perfect just like my first onr.

      HS
      06/02/2019
      HOWARD S.
      United States United States

      Getting ready to build my 888 8wt.

      The 888 8 wt kit looks very complete. Waiting for my wife to officially give it to me on Fathers Day so I can start building it. Stay tuned for a follow up review.

      A
      04/23/2019
      Anonymous
      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.

    Customer Reviews

    4.9 Based on 29 Reviews
    5 ★
    90% 
    26
    4 ★
    10% 
    3
    3 ★
    0% 
    0
    2 ★
    0% 
    0
    1 ★
    0% 
    0
    Customer Photos
    Write a Review Ask a Question
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    Thank you for submitting a review!

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    ST
    11/20/2019
    Søren T.
    Denmark Denmark

    Epic 888

    Having wanted to try big fly glass rods for some time, I chose the 888 kit after having corresponded with Cameron Mortenson and Epic. There were thoughts of other makes and models during the process. But the Epic ethos and correspondence tipped the scales in their favour. In spite of the fact that Denmark is almost exactly the antipode of the South Island, delivery went smooth, and I found my way around the contents of the box fairly easily. One thing that struck me was the quality of the components. Blank, cork, reel seat, guides and building accessories were all great and easy to work with. The build was uncomplicated and soon I was testing reels for balance. The winner was an old Abel Super #10 equipped with a #8 Rio Pike/Musky line. All I had left to do was to whip a few pike flies, and I was ready to go. That's when everything went from interesting to enchanting. I knew that fiberglass could muster deep and smooth power while maintaining presentation properties, which I have profited from when hunting carp with a 7'6'' #4. The 888 was very different than my carbon pike rods, and I enjoyed how precise and graceful it was while still packing a punch when called upon. The casting strokes soon found a life of their own, proving to be more deeply felt and a little less "Duracell Bunny" compared to many carbon rods, which was very much to my liking. Once I was through the mental transition, the 888 could produce good line speed while maintaining line feel to spare. The latter also made it easy to apply a fitting amount of power and speed needed for a given casting situation. And when it came to playing fish, carbon was completely outgunned. The shock absorbtion and bend of the top part combined with the raw power of the bottom part was second to none. The fish came in fast without exessive and potentially harmful drama and went back strong, which in fact made it a superb predator C&R tool. Using a short headed 300 grains line and big, water absorbing, flies with air resistance, called upon some power reserves which the 888 found easily. The taper distributed power very smoothly, making the rod feel unstrained, and it was uncomplicated to adapt the wrist to dampening any potential wobble when the heavy package was sent off. There are more things that could be added here, but let me just say this: Many of the aspects of predator fly fishing that carbon has left me missing have now been found, and I would not hesitate to recommend this rod. Carl and the Epic team is doing a great job. Thanks.

    JS
    10/16/2019
    Joel S.
    United States United States

    888 build

    Excellent product. Finally got out to use it and it worked wonders presenting to and catching redfish

    JD
    08/15/2019
    James D.
    United States United States

    Jim Downs’ review of Fastglass 888

    I haven’t used the rod since it’s a present for my son. However the build went great and the kit was perfect just like my first onr.

    HS
    06/02/2019
    HOWARD S.
    United States United States

    Getting ready to build my 888 8wt.

    The 888 8 wt kit looks very complete. Waiting for my wife to officially give it to me on Fathers Day so I can start building it. Stay tuned for a follow up review.

    A
    04/23/2019
    Anonymous
    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.

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