10wt - Bandit FastGlass® Fly Rod Kit

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  • Trouble, meet El Bandido!

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

    At 8' for a 10# the Epic Bandit is specialist tactical fly rod blank, the Bandit makes short work of large species in confined situations and is great for Kayak fishing. The rod of choice for US and European anglers fishing for Pike, Bass, Snook, Baby Tarpon and Musky.
    Recommended line weight: #10

    Length: 8'
    Pieces: 4

    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. 

    FastGlass II
    Each Epic FastGlass blank is produced from 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
    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.

    Finished in metallic gold green

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

    ~Excerpt from customer review

    *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
    • 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: AFTMA #10
    Length: 8'
    Pieces: 4
    Effective Line Range: AFTMA   8 / 9 / 10
    Action:Progressive / Mid Flex / Medium Fast
    Taper: Fast
    AA: (Action Angle): 65° 
    Blank Weight: 82gm - 2.9oz 


    Epic Fiberglass Fly Rod Blank
    9 weight 9 foot fiberglass fly rod blank
    Epic Fiberglass Fly Rod Blank
    Pro's speak
    "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."
    Read the complete review here

      Got questions? - Drop us a line, we'd love to hear from you.
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      HS
      10/07/2019
      Howard S.
      United States United States

      10 Wt Bandit

      I just finished my 888 build and I’m super happy almost as happy as my 476 build. Both are absolutely beautiful but the Bandit color is gorgeous. I’m going to start it right after I build the 6 wt glass kit for my son. The builds are very straight forward. I’m hooked for sure

      SM
      10/06/2019
      Simon M.
      Austria Austria

      Epic Bandit - awesome!!!!! just epic!!!!

      I finished my Epic Bandit some days ago and tested it with diffrent lines. I am used to heavy rods for pike for many years - but this is new to me. Such a great "fly rod feeling" but a very strong backbone too and it can handle very very big flies with ease. This rod is just awesome!!! I am very impressed about the hole set-up. The blank is super high quality - the reel seat, the cork, the guides everything PERFECT. Swift - keep up your great work.

      Simon M. verified customer review of 10wt - Bandit FastGlass® Fly Rod KitSimon M. verified customer review of 10wt - Bandit FastGlass® Fly Rod KitSimon M. verified customer review of 10wt - Bandit FastGlass® Fly Rod Kit
      PL
      09/22/2019
      Paul L.
      United States United States

      Dead simple to build and a joy to fish!

      I really cut it close on this one, ordering a kit around three weeks before the trip I wanted to use it on. It arrived on Saturday, the fit of the handle components was so dialed in that I had it glued and drying that evening. The instructions for making transparent wraps with silk thread worked perfectly. All in all I had the rod done and dried and ready to fish by Wednesday morning which for me is a record. The quality of the components and instructions HD a lot to do with that. End result: oh man is this fun to cast. I was pitching a 7" game changer with 4 segments and a howitzer popper head and was able to punch it out there 40 feet with a single false cast and double haul. It was easy to build, easy on the eye, and easy on the arm. I'm sold and will be building some more for myself and others.

      PV
      12/13/2018
      Paul V.
      Australia

      Big Bad Bandit

      The experience in dealing with Swift is as exceptional as the product itself. This was my first time in building a rod myself and a recent love of glass saw me bite the bullet. I really loved the communication and updates from Swift during the purchase. What really blew me away was the quality of the blank, components and instructions. I was surprised at how easy the build was, particularly if you took time to read the instructions and enjoy the process. The rod really is fantastic at punching big flies designed for Murray Cod. Thanks again and I'm sure I will build more rods from your stable

      JS
      12/03/2018
      Joel S.
      Canada

      Bandit FastGlass

      Just got back from Belize, using this rod. The rod turned out great. It takes a bit to get used to casting with the slightly slower speed rod in the heavy wind out on the flats, but catching those powerful fish on this rod is more than fun. Rod casts well and can put a lot of power on the fish. Excellent product for my second FastGlass!


    --specs--

    Recommended line weight: AFTMA #10
    Length: 8'
    Pieces: 4
    Effective Line Range: AFTMA   8 / 9 / 10
    Action:Progressive / Mid Flex / Medium Fast
    Taper: Fast
    AA: (Action Angle): 65° 
    Blank Weight: 82gm - 2.9oz 


    Epic Fiberglass Fly Rod Blank
    9 weight 9 foot fiberglass fly rod blank
    Epic Fiberglass Fly Rod Blank
    Pro's speak
    "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."
    Read the complete review here

      Got questions? - Drop us a line, we'd love to hear from you.

      Customer Reviews

      5 Based on 19 Reviews
      5 ★
      100% 
      19
      4 ★
      0% 
      0
      3 ★
      0% 
      0
      2 ★
      0% 
      0
      1 ★
      0% 
      0
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      HS
      10/07/2019
      Howard S.
      United States United States

      10 Wt Bandit

      I just finished my 888 build and I’m super happy almost as happy as my 476 build. Both are absolutely beautiful but the Bandit color is gorgeous. I’m going to start it right after I build the 6 wt glass kit for my son. The builds are very straight forward. I’m hooked for sure

      SM
      10/06/2019
      Simon M.
      Austria Austria

      Epic Bandit - awesome!!!!! just epic!!!!

      I finished my Epic Bandit some days ago and tested it with diffrent lines. I am used to heavy rods for pike for many years - but this is new to me. Such a great "fly rod feeling" but a very strong backbone too and it can handle very very big flies with ease. This rod is just awesome!!! I am very impressed about the hole set-up. The blank is super high quality - the reel seat, the cork, the guides everything PERFECT. Swift - keep up your great work.

      Simon M. verified customer review of 10wt - Bandit FastGlass® Fly Rod KitSimon M. verified customer review of 10wt - Bandit FastGlass® Fly Rod KitSimon M. verified customer review of 10wt - Bandit FastGlass® Fly Rod Kit
      PL
      09/22/2019
      Paul L.
      United States United States

      Dead simple to build and a joy to fish!

      I really cut it close on this one, ordering a kit around three weeks before the trip I wanted to use it on. It arrived on Saturday, the fit of the handle components was so dialed in that I had it glued and drying that evening. The instructions for making transparent wraps with silk thread worked perfectly. All in all I had the rod done and dried and ready to fish by Wednesday morning which for me is a record. The quality of the components and instructions HD a lot to do with that. End result: oh man is this fun to cast. I was pitching a 7" game changer with 4 segments and a howitzer popper head and was able to punch it out there 40 feet with a single false cast and double haul. It was easy to build, easy on the eye, and easy on the arm. I'm sold and will be building some more for myself and others.

      PV
      12/13/2018
      Paul V.
      Australia

      Big Bad Bandit

      The experience in dealing with Swift is as exceptional as the product itself. This was my first time in building a rod myself and a recent love of glass saw me bite the bullet. I really loved the communication and updates from Swift during the purchase. What really blew me away was the quality of the blank, components and instructions. I was surprised at how easy the build was, particularly if you took time to read the instructions and enjoy the process. The rod really is fantastic at punching big flies designed for Murray Cod. Thanks again and I'm sure I will build more rods from your stable

      JS
      12/03/2018
      Joel S.
      Canada

      Bandit FastGlass

      Just got back from Belize, using this rod. The rod turned out great. It takes a bit to get used to casting with the slightly slower speed rod in the heavy wind out on the flats, but catching those powerful fish on this rod is more than fun. Rod casts well and can put a lot of power on the fish. Excellent product for my second FastGlass!

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