Graphene. Tough, Light, Responsive. The Epic 480G is an extremely light responsive 4 weight fly rod blank designed specifically for dry fly, emerger and light nymph fishing for small to medium sized trout.
Graphene Tough Our use of Graphene nano-resin makes for an extremely tough, lightweight and extremely responsive blank. 5% stronger than standard epoxy resin construction.
Stealthy Satin SnakeBelly™ Finish Our Satin SnakeBelly™ finish is produced by a unique radial production process. SnakeBelly™ delivers the toughest exterior finish possible with a super low sheen satin finish.
Sure Fit Ferule™ Break a tip? we've got you covered. This ferule system is so precise that parts interchange between models. Gone are the days of having to return a broken section to the manufacturer or outlet where you purchased from. Breakages can be addressed by simply sending out the replacement part.
Light The 480G fly rod blank weighs an astoundingly light 26 grams
Action Epic G Series fly rod blanks are high performance fishing tools. The lockup point develops in the top third of the blank, and although recovery rates are fast, the Epic G series would best be described as Mid Flex and Medium fast. They are light without sacrificing strength.
Taper: Medium / Fast Action: Medium Fast / Mid Flex Lockup point: Top third Butt Diameter:7.5mm Resonant Frequency: 3.8 Hz Material: 57msi Carbon Blend Core: VeroCore Carbon Helix Recommended line weight: AFTMA #4 Length: 8' Pieces: 4 Weight: 26g Action Angle: 70 degrees ERN: 4 ELN: 4
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.
Carbon Helix Core. The helical core forms the basis for hoop strength and fibre support in the zero/longitudinal axis and does away with traditional scrim based construction.
Graphene Nano Resin - Super Low Resin Systems. Utilising materials with resin content up to 30% less than conventional materials, Epic G 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 grades of carbon are used in each blank. Each type is placed at various parts of the blank to optimize strength and weight. G series 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.
Stealthy Snakebelly Satin Finish. Incredibly tough and scratch resistant
Graphene nano-technology Epic G (Graphene) series are a state of the art fly rod blank. The most sophisticated composite materials and production processes are used in their construction. Proprietary Graphene nano-resin, full Helical construction, multi modulus, and unidirectional carbon fibre - We believe this is the most sophisticated fly rod blank available.
i bought a raw 480G 4,
I have not yet had time to mount it, it is very nice and light, unlike the presentation it is defined as medium fast, I found it a bit too stiff, however it should improve when the barrel is mounted.
the only really negative note in my opinion is the lack of stamping on the blank which in my opinion confers importance and at the same time guarantee, and authenticity of the same,
I was recaptured a simple adhesive label to apply on the finished barrel.
a blank declared by you as the top of the world range treated at the same level as a low-value Chinese blank.
however with the barrel mounted I will be able to tell you better.
First off, EPIC quality as expected! The blank is very good looking, super lightweight, and THIN!
I was able to cast about 85' of 4wt SA Amplitude Trout without any trouble. I will say, that the rod does lack some lifting power, as stated on Swift's website, so if you mess up your casting stroke or need to pick up more than about 30-35' of line, you might struggle to recover. That being said, with a good cast, the rod can aerialize a LOT of line. It is also VERY accurate, especially with dry flies. While this rod certainly throws dries better than any other rod I've owned, it will also toss moderate nymph/indicator rigs pretty well, and surprised me on how well it delivers streamers! I ended up switching to an articulated circus peanut in desperation to interest some picky trout and was really impressed with how well it cast the fly, then fought the 16-17' rainbow once I hooked up!
Anyhow. GREAT product. Definitely plan on buying more in the future!