Bandit Ready to Wrap Kit

  Bandit Ready to Wrap Kit

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The Epic Ready to Wrap Rod Kit.

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

Trouble, meet El Bandito!

A specialist tactical blank, the Bandit makes short work of large species in confined situations. The perfect choice for Kayak anglers, mangroves, Musky, Carp and monster Pike.

"I liken it to a big V8 diesel engine with low end torque that’s a pleasure to draw into."

~Excerpt from customer review

Finished in metallic gold green.

Our Ready to Wrap rod Kits:
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. Our premium grade cork grip features a tapered bore to fit your chosen blank. Each cork grip is ported to receive our Epic reel seat perfectly.

*Kit contents may vary from those pictured according to options and model chosen

Each Kit contains:

  • Epic Bandit Blank - Finished in metallic gold green.
  • High quality fiberglass rod tube in satin black
  • 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 hard chrome 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 substiuted for other stock colors on request. View Stock Thread Colours
Recommended line weight: #10

Length: 7' 9"
Pieces: 3

Recommended line weight: AFTMA #10
Length: 7'9"
Pieces: 3
Effective Line Range: AFTMA   8 / 9 / 10
Action: Progressive / Mid Flex / Medium Fast
Taper: Fast
AA: (Action Angle): 65° 
Blank Weight: 82gm - 2.9oz 

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"It’s this feature of the Bandit that blew my mind when I began testing it: It will happily cast any line from a 6wt DT to a 12wt Rio OBS, with the sweet spot between 8wt and 10wt. Since it can load itself during casts with light lines, a 6wt line put over it seems to feel somewhat like casting a (heavy) 6wt CF rod. At the other end of the spectrum, the 12wt did bog it down somewhat, but the reserve of power in the big butt section will pull it through without complaint. I liken it to a big V8 diesel engine with low end torque that’s a pleasure to draw into."
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    Pat C.
    United States

    Bandit Kit

    This is a self contained do it yourself masterpiece. Even if you have absolutely no experience building rods you can accomplish this build. Great instructions, great components and great service if there is a question. Highly recommended.

    William Davis

    Bandit Review

    Great kit. Everything fit together perfect. No customization needed. Can't wait to use it.

    Jeff Thompson

    5 star

    Bandit Ready to Wrap Kit

    Dominique Frank

    5 star

    Bandit Ready to Wrap Fly Rod Kit

    Norbert Renaud

    One happy chap.

    I have been looking at the Bandit for a long time now and i made the plunge. I use fibreglass rods for trout and really love the action. Being from a generation that started fishing with fibreglass as a kid i am well pleased how glas has evolved.I own a fishing lodge in Ireland, and i am very often on the water guiding and chasing Irish fighting pikes. The built was very easy and even more pleasurable than i taught it would be.The kit has everything and the step by step is very easy to follow thanks to the nice booklet. I have already got a good few fish on it, so i can say that it handles without any worries and we cast big flies! T-bones, articulated...ect.. I fish the Bandit on various pike lines ( rio outbound sort,rio pike,guideline pike series sink 3....) And it performs beautifully.When using smaller flies ( 3 to 5 inch) it just catapults them to oblivion. Hookset is crucial for pike, their big boney jaws makes it hard work. And so far it feels solid when setting the hooks. We often fish on pontoons and float tubes, the short length of the rod is perfect for this approach. In conclusion i'm just in love with this rod, i can't wait to try it in saltwater now. Here is a quick little video casting a 8 inch t-bone: Norbert Renaud.


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    If one of our products fails to meet your expectations either at the time you receive it, or over the next 30 days, contact us and we'll arrange a total refund and return at our cost, anywhere in the world.

    The Epic Lifetime Warranty.

    Every new Epic fly rod or blank that we produce is covered by our lifetime, original owner warranty. This warranty covers failure due to defects in material or workmanship of our product. Any Epic fly rod built by the Swift Fly Fishing company that fails due to misuse, negligence or normal wear-and-tear will be repaired or replaced at a nominal cost plus shipping at our discretion.

    Full details of our warrenty, guarantee, replacment and returns policy can be found here 

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