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586G-6 5 Weight Packlight Graphene Fly Rod Building Kit

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    5 wt Packlight backpacking fly rod building kit

    If James Bond had a fly rod this would be it. Super stealthy in our non-reflective satin SnakeBelly™ finish, the 586G Packlight breaks down into 6 short & very clever sections. You won't know this is a multi-piece rod until you hide it away. It utilises industry-leading Graphene nano resins to help create a lighter, stronger more responsive fly rod. 

    Designed for adventure
    6 piece design allows you to easily fit this rod into your backpack or rucksack. The tube measures 500mm (19.6 inches)Breaking down into 6 pieces and small and compact enough to easily slip down the side of a backpack or rucksack.

    Super stealthy in our non-reflective satin SnakeBelly™ finish, the 586G utilises industry-leading Graphene nano resins to help create a lighter, stronger more responsive fly rod.

    The performance advantage of Graphene nano resin. Lighter, tougher, more responsive.

      • Incredibly light. An astounding 88 grams (3.1 ounces)
      • Incredibly convenient. Only 500mm long (19 inches)
      • Incredibly stealthy, Incredibly tough. Non-reflective satin finish
      • SnakeBelly™ satin. Graphene Nano resin for unsurpassed strength and weight
      • SureFit™ Ferrule System for immediate section replacement
      • Titanium stripping guides
      • Premium Quality Flor grade cork
      • Matching satin finish Fiberglass rod tube
      • Snake Belly satin graphene finish. Stealthy and chip resistant.

      Our SnakeBelly™ Satin finish is scratch and chip resistant making for an extremely tough and durable fly rod that is less prone to stress fractures

      Each Kit contains:

      • Genuine Epic branded uplocking reel seat with color matched fiberglass insert
      • Epic satin Graphene carbon fibre blank
      • Epic satin fibreglass fly rod tube + hand sewn rod sock
      • Premium quality half wells cork grip + Epic reel seat
      • Guide set + Titanium stripper guide
      • Glue kit (preloaded syringes, grip & tip epoxy, brushes, mixing cups)
      • China-graph marking pencil + Rod stands
      • Comprehensive 42 page build book with step by step instructions
      • Stickers / Decals
      • *Wrapping threads. Default black thread and white trims are included but can be substituted for other stock colors on request.  Our recommendation is that the default threads work best on these black blanks.

      Graphene Tough
      Our use of Graphene nano-resin makes for an extremely tough, lightweight and extremely responsive blank. 5% stronger than standard carbon/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.

      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.


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

      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 #5 
      Length: 8'6"
      Pieces: 6
      Weight: 38g 
      Action Angle: 70 degrees
      ERN: 5
      ELN: 5


      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  

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

    • Why You'll love it


      Each Epic Ready To Wrap Kit contains everything you need to make a great fly rod. The very best fly rod building components available, all designed to fit together seamlessly. No Reaming, No Drilling, No Sanding - all Epic.

      No reaming, no drilling, no sanding. Too Easy.
      Building a great custom fly rod is no mean feat, selecting the correct matching components can be an intimidating exercise alone. Then there’s those wraps, the cork and glue...

      Our Epic Ready to Wrap Rod Kit makes life easy - we’ve done much of the hard work for you. The kit contains all the components, glues, rod finish and instructions you’ll need to build your own unique custom Epic fly rod.

      The components in our Epic Ready to Wrap Rod Kit have all been specifically designed to work together. Each cork grip is ported to receive our Epic reel seats perfectly. Easily assembled step by step. 

      Ground ferrule system

      In addition to the industry leading technology used in each of our blanks, Epic carbon fibre fly rod blanks feature our proprietary ground ferrule system. Each male ferrule is hand ground to perfectly fit the female section of the blank. Female sections are all internally reinforced.

      Benefits of our ground ferrule system:

      • A secure positive fit eliminates knocks
      • Smoother energy transfer
      • Eliminates flat spots
      • Non slip - reduces twisting due to torque
      • Internally reinforced ferrules - eliminates ferrule fracture
      • Durable & scratch resistant
      • Gets better with use
      • Precise fit, sections are interchangeable, in the case of tip breakages replacement sections can be sent out immediately. No need to return the blank for a fit.


      The 586-6G blank weighs an astoundingly light 36 grams (1.2oz) 10% lighter than our previous model and lighter than equivalent blanks by Scott or Sage.

      Nano Tough

      Our use of Silica nano-resin makes for a very tough, lightweight and extremely responsive blank.

      As good as it gets

      Epic G (Carbon) 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 (Orvis) or Medium fast (Sage). They are light without sacrificing strength (lighter than the equivalent Sage one).

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

      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.

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    Mick D.
    Australia Australia
    586G-6 5 Weight Packlight

    Great rod at a great price. Lovely cork and fittings. My second kit rod from Epic.

    Australia Australia
    Epic 586G-6 Travel Rod

    I really enjoyed building up this rod. I decided to change the reel seat from the standard one supplied with the kit for no other reason than I wanted to try something different and have the up locking ring fixed to simplify the reel attachment process. My preference would have been to use the Epic triangular reel seat but this is now restricted to custom built rods. Super fast delivery, as usual, and great customer service from Adam who responded to my queries quickly and with good advice. I'm looking forward to trying the rod out when Australia gets the vaccination rate up and we can start moving around again. The packlight and an e-mountain bike seems like the perfect formula for a lot of fun in Tassie if I can get there.

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    Marcus B.
    New Zealand New Zealand
    Building the perfect beast - 586 graphene

    What a trip- who on earth would start with a 6 piece? I really wanted to build a rod and coupled with my bike packing obsession the Packlight fitted the bill and I finally took the plunge. Said package arrived in good time before lockdown, so much so that the epic rod dryer arrived just in good time. The process was tense at times but ultimately very satisfying- rod building that is The process was as described in the book and the supporting videos just confirmed that I was all fingers and thumbs at times I’m pleased with the result the rod casts really well and I’m looking forward to 1 October to put it to the test. Well done Swift team you rock! I will be buying another in the future!

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    Lilip L.
    United States United States

    As always, the quality of the components was too notch. I was surprised by how well the rod casts. I built it as a gift for my son but have to confess that after casting it the thought of keeping it for myself did cross my mind.

    The Swift Fly Fishing Company 586G-6 5 Weight Packlight Graphene Fly Rod Building Kit Review
    Canada Canada
    586G-6 graphene packlight kit

    great delivery to Canada. Excellent quality kit and another fun build. Can't wait for the ice to melt and get this tried out!