686 FastGlass Fly Rod

  686 FastGlass Fly Rod

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The Renowned Epic 686

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. 

Handcrafted one at a time. Really.
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.

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Make it personal, add an optional name or inscription of up to 25 characters and we'll get the lovely Jeanie to hand write it on your fly rod. (Inscriptions are added to the left had side of the rod - the opposite side to the logo)

Built Epic Tough.
Epic glass rods are incredibly tough. Our S2 FastGlass 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, tip sections are stronger and far less susceptible to breakages due to high-sticking and problematic rod angles when pulling against load.

Each Epic Fly Rod Features:

  • FastGlass fly rod blank with internally reenforced ferule system
  • High quality fiberglass rod tube in satin black
  • Premium hand sewn rod sock.
  • cleaning cloth.
  • Finest quality Portuguese cork grip.
  • Full cork fighting butt with composite cork end 
  • Epic reel seat in either black or Titanium finish.
  • Guide set (Snake brand Universal guides USA)
  • Premium quality stripper guides.
  • Premium Japanese Silk thread wraps.

Recommended line weight: AFTMA #6
Length: 8'6"
Pieces: 4 
Optimal Grain Window: 140 - 175 Grains

Recommended line weight: AFTMA #6
Length: 8'6"
Pieces: 4 
Total length: 2,580mm
ERN: (Unwrapped): 6.2
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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"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 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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      Mike B.
      United States


      The Epic 686-4 lives up to it's name...Epic. Crisp and smooth casting rod, whether I want to softly drop a dry in close or want to hammer a streamer to the bank, this rod will deliver.

      New Zealand

      The Best 6WT Ever!!

      Really impressed with the 686 rod that arrived last week. The packaging, build quality etc is amazing! But best of all I took it out for a fish yesterday and it casts beautifully. I've owned many rods, low and high end, and this is a step up from all these. It's powerful, but delicate and very accurate. I'm especially impressed how quickly it loads and casts at short distance. Keep up the good work. Go N.Z made!

      686 FastGlass Fly Rod
      Lawrence Paskell

      Lawrence Paskell

      Wow what a smooth casting rod, I was abit apprehensive to start with buying a glass rod, as I have used carbon rods for years, but I seriously have to say, this rod is the smoothest casting rod I have ever cast with!! It can punch into a big wind too!, and handle a big fish Too!. I'm really impressed how it just rolls out the line with finesse, and dellitcally presents your fly. I have only just got this rod before Xmas, and have used it Twice, lets just say I'm mightily impressed!!! I must mention the finish, its second to none, your rod makers are true craftsmen!

      Henrik Wallberg

      The Swiss army knife of fly rods

      So much have been written about the 686 that it is difficult not to sound like a broken record. But what this rod has showed me over the past season is just remarkable. It handels smooth presentations with a floating lines and dries, intermediate lines with shrimp patterns in the wind on the coast or sinking lines with dirty articulated streamers with ease. Such a smooth yet powerful taper and a beautiful build by the Swift crew. And you can't get away from that you break off far less fish with the Epic FastGlass rods. I tend to fight fish hard, even on thin tippet and these blanks protect your leader from whatever the fish might throw your way even under serious tension. This is by far the most versatile fly rod I have ever used and i'm quite sure using one, along with some practice, will make you a better caster. Henrik Wallberg Guide, Scandinavian Fly Fishing Guides

      Mark Huber

      Exceptional rod and studio build

      A year ago, I spent several days with Carl and Jeanne in New Zealand. On the first afternoon of our visit, Carl and I did some casting in his yard and he handed me the new Epic 686 fast glass rod to cast. Wow.... the more I cast the rod the more I like it. This is one of the few rod on the market which is 100% responsive. Vary your casting stroke acceleration and you will feel the rod load from the very tip all the way into the cork. Cast it with a quick stroke or a relax stroke and the rod responds. You can quit thinking about slow and heavy glass rods. This is not your grand father's glass rod of old. Having returned home, I could not stop thinking about the Epic 686 rod and Carl did not help at all with pictures of killer rod builds on his Facebook page. Finally, I gave into temptation and ordered up the Epic So Blue 686 rod. The studio build on this rod is simply stunning with high quality components. You will love the transparent silk wraps. Everyone who has cast this rod is envious. This rod will stop traffic on the river if there is any. The blank seemingly glows in the sunlight drawing the attention of other anglers and wildlife alike. I have had the rod for four months now and in that time have cast everything from a 3 wt to a 200 grain sink tip on the rod. This rod will take just about any line you can imagine and deliver an awesome casts. I have also fished dry flies on the rod with a 6 wt trout taper line (truly a treat) and fished big streamers on the swing with a 150 grain sink tip line. The 686 simply spanks fish from 14' to 28' rainbows. Spring creeks to big water this rod delivers. The Kiwi's have done it again with the Epic series of rods! My only dilemma now is what Epic rod to order next.... Ohhhh... I am gonna be in trouble at home. Reply OK


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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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