690 C Carbon Fiber Fly Rod

  690 C Carbon Fiber Fly Rod

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Advanced, High Performance Fly

The Epic 690 C is a custom tuned, advanced, lightweight, and highly responsive fly rod designed for technical dry fly, streamer and nymph fishing for trout of all sizes.

As Good as it Gets.
Epic C Series Carbon Fiber fly rods are state of the art. Every hand crafted 690 C boasts the very finest components available and each rod is commissioned, hand crafted and individually tuned for the customer that purchases it. 

When purchasing one of our advanced carbon fibre rods you can be confident that you are investing in premium engineering, componentry and craftsmanship.

The Epic Action.
The lockup point develops in the top third of the blank, and although recovery rates are fast (faster than the Scott Radian for example) the Epic C series would best be described as Medium Fast in action. Epic C Series are light without sacrificing strength (our blank is lighter, yet has a thicker wall section than the equivalent Sage Method, and that's because these blanks have the lowest resin counts in the industry)

Studio Built. 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. Allow two to three weeks for your build - we'll be in touch with details.

*(Our mates from America call it graphite, but here in New Zealand we know it as carbon fibre)

As Good as it Gets.

Epic C Series Carbon Fiber fly rods are state of the art, each hand crafted fly rod boasts the very finest components available: 

  • Titanium stripping guide with Japanese Silicon Carbide insert. 
  • Premium quality Portuguese cork grip in your choice of style.
  • Japanese silk wraps.
  • Genuine Snake Brand Guides in black nickel (USA) 
  • CNC Bar stock Alloy reel seat that will last a lifetime. 

At the heart of each of these fly rods is the most sophisticated fly rod blank made.

  • Multi-modulus - Multiple types of carbon are used in each blank.
  • Vero Helical core - Scrimless construction.
  • Unidirectional Carbon Fibre (non woven) - up to 40% stronger than traditional woven material commonly used by fly rod manufacturers.  
  • Unique internally reinforced ferrule system 
  • Super Low Resin Systems - The lowest resin counts in the industry. Utilising materials with resin content up to 30% less than conventional materials, Epic C series blanks are lighter and stronger.

Taper: Medium / Fast
Action: Medium Fast  / Mid Flex
Lockup point: Top third
Resonant Frequency: 3.3 Hz
Material: 57msi Carbon Blend
Core: VeroCore Carbon Helix
Recommended line weight: AFTMA #6
Length: 9'
Pieces: 4
Weight: 102g / 3.5oz
Action Angle: 70 degrees
ERN: 6 
ELN: 6 
Optimal Grain Window: 130 - 155 Grains 

  • 100%  Carbon Construction.
    The carbon helix core boasts true 100% carbon construction. These blanks contain no scrim.
  • 100% Uni-directional material - Non Woven.
    Super light-weight construction and superior strength. Non woven Uni-directional material is up to 40% stronger than traditional woven material commonly used by fly rod manufacturers.  A non woven fiber can achieve 100% of its tensile and compressive loading. Unidirectional material affords super light weight construction and superior strength.
  • CTS VeroCore Carbon Helix.
    The CTS helical core forms the basis for hoop strength and fibre support in the zero/longitudinal axis and does away with traditional scrim based construction. 
  • Super Low Resin Systems.
    Utilising materials with resin content up to 30% less than conventional materials, Epic C series blanks are lighter and stronger. Low resin materials help increase bending limits & overall response.
  • Multi Carbon Construction (Multi modulus).
    Using only the highest quality fabrics from USA, Japan and Korea, up to five different types of carbon are used in each blank. Each type is placed at various parts of the blank to optimize strength and weight. CTS's ultra high modulus fibre boasts the highest tensile and compressive strength of any fibre in its class.
  • Internal High Strength Ferrule.
    A high strength internal ferrule is placed at each join to provide superior crush and split resistance. 
  • Target Zero Fibre Alignment.
    Fibre alignment along the length of any blank is critical. Even the smallest deviation in fibre alignment from the axis of load will greatly reduce the strength of the blank. 

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    Henry S.

    690 Carbon fibre

    Dear Carl and team, This unit is sweet - a bit like stepping out of a VeeDub into a Porsche; I'm feeling the love! Many Tx, Henry


    690C Fly Rod Perfection

    The 690C is a beautiful rod in both finish and action. Just back from the first workout on Eucumbene and am thrilled.with the perfect action. The cast feels good and accuracy is ensured. No more deadly tip wobble at greater distance. Light in the hand, but handles bigger fish with ease. Casting through the wind presented no problem. In 35 years of fly fishing I have accumulated a number of fly rods ( all the "best" brands). Can honestly say that this one has the best feel of all of them. It is a joy to use. The Sage One has been replaced! Well done Epic, I will be back!

    Glenn Goodall

    Classic Fishing Rod

    The 690 C is a superb fly rod and when matched with the correct Epic line is a dream to act. I have been a "Sage" man for years but this rod casts better and feels lighter with an easy, less rigid action yet it still worked really well in the wind. There are also the little options that seam small but are really very handy i.e. the dots to line up each of the sections and the fighting butt that is really good at keeping your reel out of the gravel. I also have the 8 foot glass 590. I was a little worried about the length for our NZ rivers but it can get it out there plenty far enough. What really impresses is how softy it drops a dry of the water. Again with the Epic matched line is an excellent rod - the best I have ever owned and cast. Now I just need to add more fish ! Many thanks to Carl and his team - your passion for your product is infectious !

    Michael Reingruber

    Gold standard for trout rods

    I live in the northeast part of the US and, when I'm not working, I'm chasing trout on small technical streams (e.g. Mossy Creek) in the east and bigger rivers out west like the Colorado, Blue, Arkansas or South Platte. This rod, the 690 C, is exceptional for any form of trout fishing. It's my favorite performance rod and is the benchmark against which any other rod should be evaluated. It's beautifully crafted and whether I'm fishing with friends or using a guide, everyone wants to give it a go and comes away impressed. I can't say enough good things about the production quality and the customer service I've received from Swift. Keep doing what your doing - everyone is taking notice.

    690 C Carbon Fiber Fly Rod
    Robert Wyatt

    Undoubtedly the best made fly rod on the market

    In my opinion, outside of a custom job by a top rod builder, this is undoubtedly the best made fly rod on the marketThere is no detail overlooked on the Epic. The build on this thing is superb. The first thing you notice, and feel, is the grip and reel seat. Both are exceptional. The quality of the cork is outstanding, there is no better out there. The distinctive grip shape grabs your attention. The cork butt on the Epic is the nicest I've seen. The handle cluster is finished off with a beautiful metal, not plastic or rubber, trim ring that matches the reel seat and discretely displays the rod serial number. The whole thing has a beautifully designed, no-nonsense look to it. The Action: The Epic 690-C, and it's little sister, the 590-C, have been a revelation to me. It combines a lightening recovery speed with a sexy, smooth as butter feel that you just don't get with the usual gun fly rods. Until I got the Epic in my hands I regarded the Sage One as probably the ultimate casting machine, and believed it too.But the Epic is a game changer, and I'd put it up against any of them. I've had a minor revolution in my thinking. With the Epic I'm getting pretty much the same distance and all the handling capabilities of the One 691, but achieving it with less punch, and way more pleasure. One reason is swing-weight. Despite a much tougher and solidly built reel seat, the Epic feels ounces lighter in the hand than the Sage One 691. It isn't that much, I suspect, but the extremely narrow blank on the Epic makes the Epic feel like a five-weight, or the One feel like a seven or eight weight, almost ponderous, by comparison. The build quality, I must add, doesn't compare. Summing up: Casting, line management, fish handling and, best of all, the build quality - the Epic 690-C is the nicest carbon/graphite fly rod I've ever used. End of story. Now to get one of those sweet little 590s.


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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.

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