686 FastGlass Fly Rod Blank

  686 FastGlass Fly Rod Blank

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The ultimate 6wt

The Epic 686 is the most popular 6 weight glass blank on the market. A total ass-kicker, 686 presents beautifully but packs a bad ass attitude. This blank totally changes what is possible with modern glass, it is longer, meaner and stronger than any of it's contemporaries. Perfect for tossing big flies, big fish and light saltwater work. Hang on, you're in for a wild ride.

Our Epic™ 686 is crafted from Unidirectional S-2 Glass, this material is stiffer and stronger than e-glass or standard s-glass. The 686 is as strong as an ox, super smooth and extremely versatile.

Recommended line weight: AFTMA #6 

Length: 8'6"
Pieces: 4


Recommended line weight: AFTMA #6
Length: 8'6"
Pieces: 4 
Total length: 2,580mm
ERN: (Unwrapped): 5.9
ELN: 6
Optimal Grain Window: 140 - 175 Grains
Effective Line Range: AFTMA 5 / 6 / 7
Action: Progressive / Mid Flex / Medium Fast
Taper: Fast
AA: (Action Angle): 68° (Fast)Blank Weight: 63g
Diameter at winding check (250mm from butt. Shaft diameter = 9.70mm)
Butt Diameter (widest point): 10.87mm

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"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

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    Shane G.
    United States

    5 stars every time!

    This is of coarse the most popular or sought after rod I build for my clients. I am always happy with the quality, fit and finish of Epic blanks. The action, power and speed is user friendly for all that venture into a 6wt glass, all have been pleased. And this in not just a trout rod, I build many for folks chasing smallies, redfish and even carp. The 686 is also a wonderful light salt rod. I've been buying and building Epic blanks for several years, I've been 100% happy. Five stars every time!

    Jon Lewis

    EPIC 686 Fly Rod

    This is one of the all-time great rods. Has the power to turn over a streamer yet is a good match to small stream fishing. As a builder of high-end rods - this is one of my most popular and has been used from trout to bonefish with excellent reviews. It is a joy to dress up one of these blanks matching exotic woods to the beautiful, rich colors these blanks are offered in.

    686 FastGlass Fly Rod Blank
    Stefan Maurer

    Consistent quality

    This is my 11th Epic fly rod which I build and the quality of the blank is always equally good.

    Christopher Golz

    686 4pc=Amazing

    This is my first Epic four piece, not my first 686 build, and it is just as amazing! Try one you will not regret it. The 686 is really one of, if not the best 6wt rod I have ever cast and fished, not super fast but its got all the speed and power you could ever need!

    William Hickey

    686 Blank

    What a cool color, "striking" comes to mind, this blank is just being finished out for a costumer in Minnesota. Kinda wish it was mine. Epic blanks are very high quality, cast very well, and they just build out into damn fine Fly Rods.


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