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*Blemish, these blanks have a slight dark spot at the butt. This is cosmetic only, blanks are structurally perfect and otherwise flawless. Limited stock.
The Epic 686 is the most popular 6 weight glass blank on the market. Hang on, you're in for a wild ride.
The Epic 686 has gained cult status over the past few years and we've seen many imitators try to replicate the magic of this fly rod. There is only one - and this is it!
Regarded by industry pro's and glass aficionados world wide as the best glass 6wt made, the Epic 686 presents beautifully but packs a bad ass attitude. Perfect for tossing big flies, swinging streamers and light saltwater work. The 686 is as strong as an ox, super smooth and extremely versatile.
The Epic™ 686 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.
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.
Recommended line weight: AFTMA #6
Total length: 2,580mm
ERN: (Unwrapped): 5.9
Optimal Grain Window: 140 - 175 Grains
Effective Line Range: AFTMA 5 / 6 / 7
Action:Progressive / Mid Flex / Medium Fast
AA: (Action Angle): 68° (Fast)Blank Weight: 63g
"I really believe the EPIC 686 is by far the most popular GLASS streamer rod on the market. More often than not, I get requests for the 686 and most of the time in Salsa. Carl has created a wonderful, and powerful taper and folks love them!"
- Shane Gray. Graywolf Rods.
"I will only touch on this for a second because everyone keeps hearing how phenomenal the 686 is. This is a phenomenal blank. The beauty is in the fact that the rod can lay out ten feet of line with the delicacy of a full flex cane, but when called upon fire 95' of line into a stiff breeze. It does all of this with a great deal of feel and composure that most rods will never achieve. It is quite possibly one of the best 6wts on the market glass, graph, or grass."
- Zeb Tonkavich Snowman Custom Rod Works
"the Epic 686 is (f#$%'ing) magic in my hands. This fly rod is responsive, quick to load, and a powerhouse that lays out very long accurate casts with relative ease."
- Cameron Mortenson. The Fiberglass Manifesto
the blank arrived quickly and was very well packaged. Such a nice color !.I built it up with a cottonwood grip and Pacific Yew wood reel seat I made, along with the reel bands from 304 s/s.. First time out with the new 686 I landed a nice fat rainbow ,first cast.This rod handled some larger heavy rabbit strip leaches (#4) with no issues .Even as the wind picked up the cold drove me off the lake before the loss of line control.I find the action a bit faster than my old Phillipson and Conolon all with the same line weight/length.I found no problems detecting almost ghost like takes and hookups very positive. Overall i am very impressed .Time will tell as to what place this rod will have on my regular fishing trips. Did I mention the color?
Such a beautiful rod. I enjoyed the build on this rod and it fishes like a dream. It's versatile enough to throw delicate dry flies for trout and to throw big poppers for large mouth bass and streamers late in the season when the rainbows and browns start to move back into rivers. The color is phenomenal and if this is your first time building a rod, it is incredibly hard to make one of these rigs look bad. Go nuts. Get creative. Catch fish.
Not sure where the blemish is on this rod but in my opinion you need a microscope to locate it. The building project is coming along nicely so I'm anxious to finish it and test drive it on the lawn. The weather is turning nasty as winter is just around the corner so it may take till the spring to fish it on our rivers. At this point the rod looks great and the reviews have been extremely well received which made my purchase decision easy.
On the strength of buying a 476 blem for stream fishing (which seems perfect for the job), I couldn't help but also pick up a heavier blem for travel and light saltwater work - this time in a more traditional brown. Yet again a perfect straight blem with equally perfect colour which looks and feels the goods and will build into another great 686. I previously built out an older 3-pce version for my son in translucent yellow and that made a great casting rod. The new ferrules should make them even better and I much prefer the convenience of a 4-pce!