"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."
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BUILD STATS: Blank: Swift Fly Fishing Epic 686 Salsa ERN: 6.8 AA: 68° Finished Weight: 3.72 Ounces Reel to Balance: Mid 5 Ounces Line Best Suited: Mid Long Belly AFTMA #6 Reel Seat: Lemke LC-10 Winding Check: Goldem Witch Broad/High Polish Stripping Guide: Lowrider Agate Arch Frame 12mm Snakes & Tip: Snake Brand Universal Silks: YLI Orange/Pearsall Cardinal and Straw
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