6wt 686 FastGlass Fly Rod

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  • The renowned Epic 686, often imitated, never beaten.

    The ultimate 6wt fiberglass fly rod. 
    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 plenty of attitude. Perfect for tossing big flies, swinging streamers and light saltwater work.
    Our Epic™ 686 is crafted from 8 micron FastGlass II. A 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.

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

  • Recommended line weight: AFTMA #6
    Length: 8'6"
    Pieces: 4 
    Total length: 2,580mm
    ERN: (Unwrapped): 6.4
    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

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    The Pro's Say

    "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 mark glass, graph, or grass."
      - Zeb TonkavichSnowman 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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      Wes M.
      United States United States

      The 686 covers lots of bases.

      After spending a few months with my 888 I decided it would be really nice to have a 686. I’m so glad I picked one up. It’s quickly becoming my got to for calmer day redfish. Not to mention it shines in my local warm water scenarios as well. Does a fantastic job with sinking lines as well as tossing larger poppers on a floating line. I have tried 5 or 6 different lines and it has responded well to all of them. I currently have it set up with Cortland Redfish and it performs like a dream.

      James C.
      United States United States

      Already shopping for number 2

      Totally pleased!, from the first lawn cast, all i could say was “oh, wow”. I went for the studio built 686. Way beyond my expectations,. Now I’m thinking a 3wt is in my future (might build this one myself) Thanks to all the people at swift for the quick turnaround,

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      Blake G.
      United States United States

      The glory of the 686

      The 686 is quickly becoming my favorite rod to fish with. This is my first glass rod and I’m falling in love with it. The craftsmanship is unbelievable and the action is smooth like butter. I can cast anywhere between a caddis fly for trout to big streamers for large mouth bass. The versatility of the rod is amazing. The customer service is outstanding, I had a last minute change to my rod about 3 weeks into the build and they made the change no problem. I could not be more happy with this rod. Excellent product Epic!

      Blake G. verified customer review of 6wt 686 FastGlass Fly RodBlake G. verified customer review of 6wt 686 FastGlass Fly RodBlake G. verified customer review of 6wt 686 FastGlass Fly Rod
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      Bought a rod for my best friend’s 50th. Looks terrific and he loves it. Nice work guys!

      Finley M.
      New Zealand

      Sick Epic 686

      Just received my 686 with the titanium and western grip. Must say the level of craftsmanship is amazing and this thing casts even better than it looks. Coming from standard fast action carbon sage it is quite a different game, I really have to slow down and focus on my casting to achieve the result I’m after, and that’s a good thing! Also to note is how it feels like the line is a continuation of the rod, not rod and then the line like others I’ve used. All in all, love it!

    • FastGlass II
      All Epic "Glass" rods are produced from industry leading 8 micron Unidirectional S-2 Glass. This next generation fiber 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 tighter, more precise and stronger fly rods. 

      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 durable.

      SureFit Ferule
      Break a tip? we've got you covered  This ferule system is so precise that breakages can be addressed by simply sending out the replacement part. Gone are the days of having to return a broken section.

      Handcrafted one at a time - especially for you
      Choose the options you'd like on your Epic fly rod and we'll build it for you with tender loving care right here in our Wanaka Studio. Each Studio built fly rod is handcrafted specifically for you from start to finish and each is identified by a unique laser engraved winding check registered against your name in our owners database.

      Make it personal
      Add your name name or inscription and we'll hand paint it on your fly rod. 

      The level or craftsmanship on each Epic fly rod is unrivalled. You will not see a better built fly rod anywhere, better components, better workmanship, better attention to detail.

      Built Epic Tough
      Epic glass rods are incredibly tough. Our S2 FastGlass II has a far higher strength-to-weight ratio than Carbon fibre (graphite) rods. Epic FastGlass rods can endure more acute and severe bends than the equivalent Carbon fibre or even regular S2 glass, tip sections are stronger and far less susceptible to breakages due to high-sticking and problematic rod angles when pulling against load.

      Delivered direct to your door
      Once ordered it usually takes around two weeks to build your new fly rod, then we deliver priority tracked and insured courier direct to you door. We'll email you with tracking info as your rod leaves our studio workshop.


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